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Gintama is known as one of the funniest anime shows with high ratings wherever you look.
And it does one of the best jobs of making a mockery of tropes, clichés, and even other anime all together to liven things up.
Despite it’s reputation, Gintama actually has a surprising amount of depth and meaning to its quotes, life lessons and characters. Most of which is hidden under the surface.
I wanted to share at least 50 of them, since the series has so many good quotes as it is.
43 Gintama Quotes Worth Sharing:
#1 – Hattori Zenzou Quotes
“It’s quite easy for humans to become adults, but to always have a child-like heart that makes everything joyful isn’t such an easy task.” – Hattori Zenzou
The moment you lose your “childish” ways, is the moment you take life too damn seriously. To your own detriment if you ask me!
#2 – Shimura Shinpachi Quotes
“There’s no short-cut to becoming strong. Even if you try to look strong on the outside, that thin layer will soon fall off.” – Shimura Shinpachi
That’s why bullshiting yourself won’t get you anywhere. You’ll only make a mockery of yourself down the line.
#3 – Shimura Tae Quotes
“Some lies are necessary for giving children dreams.” – Shimura Tae
“No matter how beautiful a person may be, they will still age and ultimately – die. But even so, even if appearances change, don’t you believe that we have, in us, things that don’t change? Even as our bodies crumble, even as the months and years take their toll… don’t you believe that we all have something that time can’t spoil? Even if you cover us with wrinkles, we won’t lose to you. That’s because we know what beauty truly is.” – Shimura Tae
Dreams, goals, passions… These things will never be changed by time. Your perspective might change, but how you feel about things you care about certainly won’t. And neither will your personality at its core.
“When your friend is crying, cry with him. When your friend is worried, you should worry with him. And when your friend has an awkward bowel movement, then you must have an awkward bowel movement too, Shin-chan. If you are a friend, you should be able to share the other’s pain, no matter what. And Shin-chan, if your friend goes down the wrong path… Then, you must stop your friend, even if it ruins your friendship. That is true samurai friendship.” – Shimura Tae
Even if it means destroying your friendship, because doing the right thing is always the right thing!
#4 – Katsura Kotarou Quotes
“If you have faith, your dreams will surely come true.” – Kotarou Katsura
“I suppose it’s not so bad that an old friend is the same as ever.” – Kotarou Katsura
“Change is never easy in this world. I can’t even change one friend, let alone a whole country.” – Kotarou Katsura
Real change is radical, and radical change takes massive effort.
“Love is based on unpredictable events.” – Kotarou Katsura
#5 – Tama Quotes Gintama
“If I were to survive, but couldn’t protect what was important to me, then I might as well be dead.” – Tama
#6 – Ichi Terakado Quotes
“There’s no such thing as parents who don’t think about their children. But there are few children who understand their parents feelings.” – Ichi Terakado
This quote has a surprising amount of truth to it. I guess it’s hard to. More so in the early stages.
#7 – Sakamoto Tatsuma Quotes
“Planets are just places for people to stand on. Planets are just rocks. It takes people to make it a world. You can have as many “Earths” as you want. I only care about what’s inside.” – Sakamoto Tatsuma
What matter is what’s under the surface…
#8 – Kagura Quotes Gintama
“I choose my own battlefields. Not by my blood, but by my heart! I stand on the battlefield to protect what’s important to me. And if anyone stands in my way, I don’t care if it’s one of my kind, my brother or anyone else… I’ll crush them all!” – Kagura
“It hasn’t withered. I won’t let it wither. We might just be little branches, but if the branches break off, the tree really will wither. That’s why I won’t break off. Even if winter comes and the leaves fall off, even if the wind comes and all the other little branches break off… Even if I am the last branch left, I won’t break off. I’m sure we’ll be together till the end.” – Kagura
“Kids these days just want to stuff their faces and make sweet love. At least that’s what Gin-chan says.” – Kagura
“Whether doing good or evil, I will be the boss.” – Kagura
#9 – Hijikata Toushirou Quotes
“There is no need for any proof. There is no need to create any. We just have to live every second to the fullest, and the traces of the path we lived will burn into the ground. That will serve as proof of our existence.” – Hijikata Toushirou
Make your own proof through your actions and your journey.
“If you run into a wall and pretend it doesn’t exist, you’ll never make progress. The wall will never change, so you’re the one who has to change.” – Hijikata Toushirou
It’s easier to keep punching a wall and expecting it to break, than it is to accept what you’re doing doesn’t work. Change is a funny thing, psychologically.
#10 – Takasugi Shinsuke Quotes
“The only people who say that money doesn’t matter in this world are the ones with lots of it.” – Takasugi Shinsuke
Or the other way around. Nice flip on a saying I can’t stand!
#11 – Okita Sougo Quotes
“Sometimes, it’s necessary to look back at the past in order to move on to the future.” – Okita Sougo
“In this world, there are things you have to protect even if your hands get stained with blood.” – Okita Sougo
At all costs…
#12 – Umibouzu Quotes Gintama
“I like fish, biiiig FISH. I also have a crap haircut, kinda like Naruto.” – Umibouzu
Kinda like Naruto of all things!
#13 – Kirara Quotes Gintama
“I think that in the end, I just care a lot about myself. I was the only one that I loved and respected. That’s why I was scared to know what the others thought about me. I was afraid to get hurt, so I ran away and locked myself into my shell.” – Kirara
Human beings are strange, aren’t we? There’s always a reason behind the madness though. And it’s not always pleasant.
#14 – Obi Hajime Quotes
“Tears are handy for washing away troubling and sad feelings. But when you grow up, you’ll learn that there are things so sad, they can never be washed away by tears. That there are painful memories that should never be washed away. So people who are truly strong laugh when they want to cry. They endure all of the pain and sorrow while laughing with everybody else.” – Obi Hajime
They people who laugh the most have gone through the most painful experiences. This quote seems to reflect that.
#15 – Gintoki Sakata Quotes
“Unfortunately, I don’t have a nice eyeball like you, that can see this and that. All I can do to pursue one thing in front of me. So whether it’s the abyss of death or an empty void, I won’t fight for the manju offered to my grave. I’ll fight for tomorrow’s breakfast. That’s all.” – Gintoki Sakata
“You’re absolutely right. I can’t do anything alone. Everyone has their flaws and imperfections, but that’s what drives us to work together… To make up for those flaws. Together, we make the perfect main character.” – Gintoki Sakata
Working together makes us whole.
“The night is in its darkest just before dawn. But keep your eyes open. If you avert your eyes from the dark, you’ll be blinded by the rays of a new day. So keep your eyes open, no matter how dark the night ahead may be.” – Gintoki Sakata
“No matter whether you win or not, there’s no meaning to war.” – Gintoki Sakata
“Will you choose that ticket and live on as a man? Or will you choose this one and go back to being a woman? No matter what you choose, I’m sure you will continue to waver. But what’s wrong with that? Manly? Womanly? Are those random values that others made up really what you were striving toward? If things were so clear cut, then neither men, women, you, or me would be leading such painful lives.” – Gintoki Sakata
It’s like I always say: everything in the world is made up. Words, meanings, law, stereotypes… It’s made up for selfish conveniences.
So you may as well make up your own rules. Life is happier that way.
“You yourself have to change first, or nothing will change for you.” – Gintoki Sakata
“Sake sure is nice. You can forget your troubles if only for a moment. You’ll have to remember them tomorrow though, and they’ll be even more painful than they were the night before. You can’t run away from things like this. Especially from things you really want to forget.” – Gintoki Sakata
The truest quote on this list. Getting drunk to escape responsibilities is a cowards way. The irony is: facing your problems is less painful than trying to outrun them.
“When people break their old selves they embark a journey to find their new selves.” – Gintoki Sakata
“Happiness depends on each person. If you think you’re happy, then you must be happy.” – Gintoki Sakata
There’s no doubt about that!
“I have an organ more important than my heart. Although you can’t see it, I feel it going through my head down to my feet, and I know it exists within me. It lets me stand on my feet, it lets me walk forward without trembling. If I stop here, I feel like it would break… My soul will break.” – Gintoki Sakata
“There are two things people fear… those are death and embarrassment. Those who try to overcome death are just idiots, but I won’t laugh at those who try to overcome their embarrassment. I like those kind of idiots.” – Gintoki Sakata
“No matter how colossal a power you obtain, no matter how gigantic an army you bring with you, I ain’t scared. While you’ve abandoned a hundred, I’ve connected with a thousand. While you’ve destroyed a thousand, I’ve been helped by ten thousand. So what’s an army of a few thousand?” – Gintoki Sakata
“Anime – it’s not something that can be thought of in a hall for conferences. It is made out of strange juices current from the brain of animators.” – Gintoki Sakata
“A farewell is like the other side of a coin. It will only happen when there is an encounter. Rather than dreading the day we have to part, shouldn’t we be happy that we had the chance to meet today instead?” – Gintoki Sakata
“Life is like a mountain – you can say you’ve reached the top, but only after climbing back down.” – Gintoki Sakata
“People need to live their life with a clear conscience. When you want to walk on a straight path, somehow you get yourself stained with mud. However, as long as we never give up, one day the mud on you will dry up and fall off.” – Gintoki Sakata
#16 – Sarutobi Ayame Quotes
“It’s as if you are stuck in some predetermined program, following some predetermined script. If you really want to live in reality, then fight against it. Break through destiny with your own hands, and build your own reality!” – Sarutobi Ayame
#17 – Isao Kondo Quotes
“If someone went the wrong way, the other two would beat him up until he got back on track. That’s how it always been. That’s why we’ll always stay on the right path!” – Isao Kondo
“I’ve told you before, he’s not one to trust, Otae-san. No trustworthy man has eyes that look like a dead fish’s eyes.” – Isao Kondo
Hard quote to disagree with.
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