i was just watching 'the deserter' and when aang first meets jeong jeong, he tells aang:
"If a fish lives its whole life in this river, does he know the river's destiny? No! Only that it runs on and on out of his control! He may follow where it flows, but he cannot see the end. He cannot imagine the ocean."
this really jumped out at me and actually kind of made me reflect on my own life. what are some quotes from the series that you would say are more profound than you'd normally expect in a television show?
"You think you're any different from me, or your friends, or this tree? If you listen hard enough, you can hear every living thing breathing together. You can feel everything growing. We're all living together, even if most folks don't act like it. We all have the same roots, and we are all branches of the same tree." -Huu
As someone steeped in natural resources and the resounding truth of the tragedy of the commons, this one always stuck out to me.
Thanks Huu, you crazy smart plantbending redneck :)
"You sound like my nephew, always thinking you need to do things on your own, without anyone's support. There is nothing wrong with letting the people who love you help you. Not that I love you, I just met you." -Iroh
"Is it your own destiny? Or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?... It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions! Who are you? And what do you want?" - Iroh
"No matter how things seem to change, never forget who you are." - Ursa
"Prince Zuko, pride is not the opposite of shame, but it's source. True humility is the only antidote to shame." -Iroh
"You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us. The Air Nomads' love for you has not left this world. It is still insdie of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love."- Guru Patik
"You think your the first person to think their war was justified?! Countless others have come here before you, seeking weapons, weaknesses, or battles strategies!" -Wan Shi Tong
"Humans only bother learning things to get the edge on other humans"- Wan Shin Tong
"Without you, all my plans are suddenly possible. I have a vison for the future, Roku" - Firelord Sozin
'"The greates illusion of this world is the illusion of seperation. The things you think are seperate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people, but we live as if divided. Four parts of the same whole"'- Guru Pathik
"There is no war within the walls. Here we are safe. Here we free" -Dai Li Agent
The reason I picked these is because they either were incredibly memorable and shocking or made me question my life morals.
"Love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us. The Air Nomads' love for you has not left this world. It is still inside your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love."
— Guru Pathik to Aang.
"I know I've kept my life secret from you, but you were keeping me secret from the whole world. You were doing it to protect me, but I'm twelve years old and I've never had a real friend."
— Toph to her parents.
These are the most poignant quotes from the show, at least in my opinion. Then again, so is "I missed you, buddy." from when Aang and Appa are reunited, but that misses context on its own. That first one from Pathik especially, I've found myself coming back to it multiple times after I lost people in my life. I really like the idea behind it, and how it really can reflect on your own life.
As to the Legend of Korra, well, the obvious one is this:
"When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change."
Don't think I really need to explain that one a lot, I just like it.
"I don't know if it's because I'm too weak to do it or because I'm strong enough not to." - Katara
"Maybe you're all just letting your hurt feelings keep you from thinking clearly." - Toph
"If a fish lives its whole life in this river, does he know the river's destiny? No! Only that it runs on and on out of his control! He may follow where it flows, but he cannot see the end. He cannot imagine the ocean." - Jeong Jeong
"Time is an illusion and so is death." - Huu
"Never give up without a fight." - Zuko's dagger
"If you are to be a positive influence on the world, you need to forgive yourself." - Pathik
"No, I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me!" - Katara
Plus a bunch that have already been said, especially the Iroh ones.
"When you base your expectations only on what you see, you blind yourself to the possibilities." - Zaheer
"The natural order is disorder." - Zaheer
"I know there's nothing I can do, or no big gesture that can make up for all my mistakes, but ... that doesn't mean I'm gonna stop trying to win you back, because ... I love you." - Bolin
"Your Princess Azula, clever and beautiful, disguised herself as the enemy and entered the Earth Kingdom's capital. In Ba Sing Se, she found her brother Zuko. And together they faced the Avatar. And the Avatar fell! And the Earth Kingdom fell! Azula's agents quickly overtook the entire city. They went Ba Sing Se's great wall, and brought them down! The army of the Fire Nation surged through the walls and swarmed over Ba Sing Se, securing our victory! Now your heroes have returned home. Your princess, Azula. And after three long years your prince has returned, Zuko!"- Lo and Li
I swear I get goosebumps whenever I listen to this speech. Especially when they get to the "and the Avatar fell! And the Earth Kingdom fell!" part.