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20 Wise Quotes from Uncle Iroh

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By Karabo Baloyi
May 23, 2022
09:35 A.M.

Uncle Iroh from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has dropped wisdom to his nephew so often that audiences have adopted him as their own source of wisdom. To take some of that wisdom for ourselves, we’ve gathered 20 quotes from Uncle Iroh on life.

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Uncle Iroh is the brother of the Fire Lord and uncle to Prince Zuko in the animated series, "Avatar: The Last Airbender." He was once a great general and later became Zuko's traveling companion and counsel. Uncle Iroh is calm, wise, and spiritual. He understands the importance of balance and harmony.

Throughout the series, Uncle Iroh gives Prince Zuko a lot of wisdom as he sets off on a quest to restore the young prince's honor and birthright. Iroh acts as a mentor who seeks to help his nephew become a better person than his father. We’ve chosen 20 quotes from the wise Uncle Iroh to help improve our own lives.

Uncle Iroh's quote: “Good times become good memories, but bad times become good lessons.” | Image: AmoDays

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"In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength."

“Is it your own destiny? Or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?”

“Be careful what you wish for, Admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects.”

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again. Only this time, more wisely.”

“Good times become good memories, but bad times become good lessons.”

Uncle Iroh's quote: “Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.” | Image: AmoDays

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“It’s time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do you want?”

“You have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you.”

“Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.”

“You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience but when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.”

“Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine a light on them.”

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Uncle Iroh's quote: “Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.” Image: AmoDays

"You must look within yourself to save yourself from your other self. Only then will your true self reveal itself.”

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“It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale.”

“Sometimes life is like this dark tunnel, you can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you just keep moving, you will come to a better place.”

“Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.”

“Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.”

Uncle Iroh's quote: “You must never give in to despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts.” | Image: AmoDays

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“There’s nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is that you want from your life and why.”

“I was never angry with you. I was sad because I was afraid you’d lost your way.”

“Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.”

“In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.”

“You must never give in to despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts.”

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Uncle Iroh's quote: “There’s nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is that you want from your life, and why.” | Image: AmoDays

Iroh is a wholesome and wise character who has reformed his violent ways and gives the rest of the characters advice whenever they need it. He finds it in his heart to be as kind as he can to basically everyone he meets.

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Uncle Iroh’s influence is also clear on Zuko’s development. Zuko eventually becomes a softer character and realizes the error of his ways in the past. Finally, his wisdom is certainly universal because it can help any of us regardless of what quests we are on.

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