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Fullmetal Alchemist starts off with one simple lesson: To earn something, you have to give up something in return.
It’s this life lesson that drives the anime forward right from beginning to end.
And it’s why the story has so much meaning, inspiration, and struggles you can relate to.
With that in mind, here are the best Fullmetal Alchemist quotes worth sharing…
#1 – Edward Elric Quotes
“Maybe life has no equal trade, maybe you can give up all you got, and get nothing back. Even If I can’t prove it’s true, I have to try, for your sake, AL.” – Edward Elric
I have to at least try…
“Men are not men on the battlefield. We turn into some other creature. you can do the cruellest things… It doesn’t even matter if it’s an order or not. To protect yourself, your mind shuts out any emotions you have. It’s like a steel door. But once the war is over, you can’t keep it closed forever.” – Edward Elric
War brings out the darkness sleeping in our souls.
“Like I always say, can’t find a door? Make your own.” – Edward Elric
The power of choice, right?
“You have to figure it out. Stand up and walk. Keep moving forward. You’ve got two good legs. So get up and use them. You’re strong enough to make your own path.” – Edward Elric
#2 – Roy Mustang Quotes
“Life that has been lost cannot be brought back again. That very truth is what shows us the meaning and value of living.” – Roy Mustang
Life teaches us the value of being alive.
“Any man who has the brains to think and the nerve to act for the benefit of the people of the country, is considered a radical, by those who are content with stagnation and willing to endure disaster.” – Roy Mustang
You see the same thing play out in business, careers, countries and communities across the world.
Stagnation is safe and comfy.
“Nothing’s perfect, the world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us, trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.” – Roy Mustang
#3 – Riza Hawkeye Quotes
“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” – Riza Hawkeye
Always the sad truth.
“If the ways of this world are based on equivalent exchange, as alchemy says, then in order to allow for a new generation to enjoy good fortune, the price that we must pay, is to carry the bodies of the dead across a river of blood.” – Riza Hawkeye
#4 – Alphonse Elric Quotes
“In order to obtain something, there must be something of equal value. It is the law of conservation in alchemy. Back then, we believed that it was the truth of the world. However, the real world isn’t perfect, so there is not just a single law that governs everything that happens within it.” – Alphonse Elric
Life isn’t always simplistic!
“On the day we left, we burned down the family home and all the familiar things inside. Because some memories aren’t meant to leave traces.” – Alphonse Elric
“I don’t know if we chose the right path, brother. But I do know this: I don’t want to be in this suit anymore. I want to feel things again. It’s strange. We’ve been right beside each other all this time. But I can’t remember what your skin feels like, or how you smell.” – Alphonse Elric
“It’s true, I don’t have a body, but I’m here. This is my punishment for setting foot on holy ground where mortals are forbidden. We made a mistake, Rose, and we’re paying for it.” – Alphonse Elric
“You’re not a good for nothing person. I think that being able to try your hardest to be something is a talent by itself.” – Alphonse Elric
Trying your hardest is a talent.
#5 – Maria Ross Quotes
“It’s okay to feel lost and not have reasons.” – Maria Ross
That doesn’t make you a loser if so.
#6 – Greed Quotes FMA
“Greed may not be good, but it’s not so bad either. You humans think greed is just for money or power, but everyone wants something they can’t have.” – Greed
“I long to see someone who died”, “I want to be rich”, “I want women”, “I want to protect the world”. They’re all desires. In other words, wishes. If you ask me, there’s neither “right” or “wrong” when it comes to greed.” – Greed
You decide which is wrong or right…
#7 – Solf J. Kimblee Quotes
“What could be more beautiful than doing work that puts your soul at risk, because that’s what it means to be alive.” – Solf J. Kimblee
I love this FMA quote.
#8 – Trisha Elric Quotes
“You see, I’m sure we can change, because we’re weak. And because we die. We have to fight in order to live, and that is what will make us strong.” – Trisha Elric
“We really are weak creatures, but that’s why we can strive to become stronger. Even if you feel it’s useless, each step we take leads to something great.” – Trisha Elric
#9 – Winry Rockbell Quotes
“Why do you insist on always learning things the hard way?” – Winry Rockbell
“There are some things in life that will only be understood through words.” – Winry Rockbell
Somethings will only be understood by communicating.
#10 – Maes Hughes Quotes
“I have no use for a religion that’s been forsaken by its own god.” – Maes Hughes
“In general, men prefer to let their actions speak instead of words. When they’re in pain, they don’t want to burden anyone with it, not if they can help it. They don’t want anyone to worry about them. That’s how they are.” – Maes Hughes
The mindset of a man.
“I will do anything it takes to be the man she loves. I will survive this war. And when I return home, I will swallow every horrible thing I’ve done here, and I will smile when I’m with her. I swear on my life.” – Maes Hughes
#11 – Dante Quotes FMA
“People can say there is a balance, a logic that everything happens for a reason… But the truth is far less designed. No matter how hard you work, when you die, you die. Some spend their entire life trying to scratch their way to the top, and still die in poverty. While others are born into wealth without ever working at all. It’s a cruel and random world. And yet the chaos is also beautiful.” – Dante
Life is two sides of the same coin.
#12 – Izumi Curtis Quotes
“When you live, your life will end sooner or later. The body will return to the earth. Grass and flowers will grow on top if it. The soul will nourish the hearts… and it will live on in the hearts of other people.” – Izumi Curtis
The mentor of Alphonse and Edward…
#13 – Rose Thomas Quotes
“Get up, Ed. Get up, and move forward!” – Rose Thomas
#14 – Alex Louis Armstrong Quotes
“Desttruction and creation are two sides of the same coin! You must destroy to create! That is the law of the universe.” – Alex Louis Armstrong
Destroy to create.
#15 – Olivier Mira Armstrong Quotes
“Love for the dead is pointless. We fight to keep them alive, that is all.” – Olivier Mira Armstrong
#16 – Scar Quotes FMA
“Our names are given to us by God. I have betrayed God, and so I no longer have a name.” – Scar
Which Fullmetal Alchemist Quote’s your favorite?