Anime character quotes mentioned in this post:
- Kenshin Himura.
- Enishi Yukishiro.
- Anji Yukyuzan.
- Hajime Saito.
- Seijuro Hiko.
- Nenji Kashiwazaki.
- Seta Sojiro.
- Kaoru Kamiya.
- Sanosuke Sagara.
- Makoto Shishio.
- Raijuta Isurugi.
- Jinei Udo.
Rurouni Kenshin follows a samurai with blood on his hands from his past life.
Now he tries to walk a clean path with no bloodshed, using the reverse end of his blade to avoid killing others in battle.
This heavy burden is what sparks the emotions, meaningful quotes and even hatred among anime characters. Making this anime one with depth and a deeper understanding.
Here are the best quotes from the anime series.
The Best Rurouni Kenshin Quotes:
1. Kaoru Kamiya Quotes
“Everyone has a past they wish to erase.” – Kaoru Kamiya
“A sword is a tool to save people with.” – Kaoru Kamiya
“Ugly? I’ll have you know they call me The Rose of Martial Arts around here!” – Kaoru Kamiya
2. Enishi Yukishiro Quotes
“The only atonement you will ever realize will be that of you’re own death. You will be justly and severely punished, before you ever find the peace you seek Kenshin. That is the meaning of ‘Jinchū’. Those who live must act in the place of those who have died.” – Enishi Yukishiro
3. Nenji Kashiwazaki Quotes
“If you were to examine a man’s entire life, you would see that it is full of contradictions.” – Nenji Kashiwazaki
“Who falls for who depends completely on the person. If there are a hundred people, there are a hundred ways to love… There never is one absolute form of love.” – Nenji Kashiwazaki
4. Kenshin Himura Quotes
“You’ll only realize that you truly love someone if they already caused you enormous pain. Your enemies can never hurt you the way your loved ones can. It’s the people close to your heart that can give you the most piercing wound. Love is a double-edged sword, it can heal the wound faster or it can sink the blade even deeper.” – Kenshin Himura
“We once fought together for an ideal with our swords. It wasn’t for power or for glory, but to create a peaceful world where people could live without fear. And if you should forget about that, then what did we fight the revolution for?” – Kenshin Himura
“We shouldn’t blame ourselves for bad things that happened to us. Sometimes, no matter what we do, we are victims of the circumstances.” – Kenshin Himura
“When one person kills, resentment is born. That resentment makes a person kill again. To sever that vicious cycle–that is the purpose of this sword that cannot kill.” – Kenshin Himura
“To tell you the truth, I much prefer Miss Kaoru’s sweet and innocent talk over the truth, indeed I do!” – Kenshin Himura
“I want you to understand something. If you should lose, not only does your future end, but also the future of the one you are trying to protect. Defeat isn’t an option for the sword that protects others. You should keep that thought engraved in your heart.” – Kenshin Himura
“The dead don’t desire revenge, but the happiness of the living.” – Kenshin Himura
“The moment you find the courage to give up your life for someone, would be the moment you understand love.” – Kenshin Himura
“Are you saddened by your lack of power, young one?” – Kenshin Himura
“Whatever you lose, you’ll find it again, but what you throw away you’ll never get it back.” – Kenshin Himura
“You can die anytime, but living takes true courage.” – Kenshin Himiura
“New eras don’t come about because of swords, they’re created by the people who wield them.” – Kenshin Himura
“The scar of my past will determine my future!” – Kenshin Himura
“Helping other people is the best way to make up for your mistakes.” – Kenshin Himura
“Accepting one’s own strength, and the strength of others, is an important quality of a swordsman.” – Kenshin Himura
“When I was at the brink of life and death, I used all of my will to survive. I drew upon a different power than that of self-sacrifice and mastered an ultimate technique. The will to live is stronger than anything else. That was the ray of light that my master risked his life to show me. As Hitokiri Battousai, I have committed so many crimes that I cannot possibly repent for them. That is why I had secretly believed that it didn’t matter when I died or was killed. However, now… even if I am formally punished or restrained. I will never lose the will to live.” – Kenshin Himura
“If fighting could provide us with the truth, nobody would make any mistakes in their lives. A person’s life is not that easy. The truth you must learn from yourself, from how you live your life.” – Kenshin Himura
“What is truly good about a person can’t be expressed in words, that it can not. What matters is the feeling of trust one gets after spending time with him.” – Kenshin Himura
“Perhaps the distant part of the sky always seems clearest, so that we will always strive to reach it.” – Kenshin Himura
“You believe that the strong exist to cull the weak. To use them as food. But you are mistaken… The strong exist, not to feed off of the weak, but to protect them!” – Kenshin Himura
5. Seijuro Hiko Quotes
“Cherry blossoms in Spring. Stars cover the sky on Summer. Full moon shines on Autumn and in Winter, the snow covers the ground. All these things make sake taste good. If it tastes bad, it’s because there is something wrong in you.” – Seijuro Hiko
“The moon pierced down on the diseased world. There is no cure for the disease. An entire race falls mindlessly into destruction. Not even a man of colossal power may be able to prevent the inevitable. Death no longer terrifies men. The smell of blood is as common as the smell of white plums, so he creates slavery and savagery which surpasses the horrors of dying. These can only be fought with more bloodshed and the cycle never ends. My sword is guided by the reasoning of Hiten Mitsurugi, but when all is said, a sword is a tool for destruction not salvation. The only way I can retain my humanity is to bury its victims.” – Seijuro Hiko
“Murder is the only art a swordsman may practice. No ornamental words can change that. You want to protect people with murder? You’ll slaughter legions so that a few may live. Many years, long before you were born, my sword was tearing asunder the lives of men. Yes, all of those men were evil, but they were human beings first and foremost, Kenshin. The world you ardently desire to enter will not know what to do with you. It will deceive you into believing that you are saving lives even as you destroy them. You will accept these lies all the while, your hands will be stained with the worst of offenses.” – Seijuro Hiko
“This era is not so simple that you can put everything on your shoulders and be the only sacrifice. And, at the same time, one person’s happiness isn’t that simple, either. If you should fall as a sacrifice, one girl who came to Kyoto with the one wish to see you will definitely face misfortune. Remember that. No matter how strong you get, you are just a human being. There is no need for you to either become Buddha, or a murderer.” – Seijuro Hiko
“Once you have a power, sometimes you are put into a situation which make you carry extra burdens, and live all your life with pain.” – Seijuro Hiko
“No matter how strong one may be, no one can stop the flow of time.” – Seijuro Hiko
“No matter how much you hurt inside, the dead can never return.” – Seijuro Hiko
“It is foolish to listen to one who will not listen to you. Do as you wish.” – Seijuro Hiko
6. Anji Yukyuzan Quotes
“The world is not so simple. You can’t save people with kindness only.” – Anji Yukyuzan
7. Sanosuke Sagara Quotes
“Oh well, I guess all those who are in love do crazy things.” – Sanosuke Sagara
“Hey, I’ll have you know that I almost really did kick the bucket during that training, so don’t you dare sum it all up in one word, even if it is a nice one like “potential”.” – Sanosuke Sagara
8. Hajime Saito Quotes
“You can train a dog with food. You can buy a person with money. But there isn’t a man alive able to influence the wolves of Mibu! Some things will never change. A wolf will always be a wolf.” – Hajime Saito
“I would think that he’s already seen through your heart, and is simply playing the fool to use you. He yanks on the strings of your cheap pride and you dance like a little marionette.” – Hajime Saito
“Let’s just say… what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours… is also mine.” – Hajime Saito
“A man that can’t hold on to his beliefs can only be pathetic, dead or alive.” – Hajime Saito
9. Makoto Shishio Quotes
“If we were normal, we might not be alive today. And that, my friend, is what gives us the edge we need.” – Makoto Shishio
“In this world, the weak are the sustenance of the strong. The strong live, the weak die.” – Makoto Shishio
10. Seta Sojiro Quotes
“In the end, only the fittest survive in this world. If you’re strong you live, if you’re weak you die.” – Seta Sojiro
“When you are trying to rebuild a building that was made incorrectly, you first have to destroy it.” – Seta Sojiro
11. Raijuta Isurugi Quotes
“Let there be blessings for the kingdom of ambition.” – Raijuta Isurugi
12. Jinei Udo Quotes
“A manslayer is a manslayer until the day he dies. He can never be anything else.” – Jinei Udo