The Best Uncle Iroh Quotes from Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Uncle Iroh from Avatar The Last Airbender

Putting aside the poorly received live action adaptation from M. Night Shyamalan (honestly, what happened there?), Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the most beloved genre series of all time, in no small part thanks to its colorful characters.

And few are as integral to its charm as Uncle Iroh.

The retired general, veteran Firebender and fan favorite character serves as a supportive parental figure to his nephew Prince Zuko, as he attemps to mentor him into becoming a better man.

While he may be a fictional character, my favorite Uncle Iroh quotes share funny, memorable and even inspiring bits of wisdom that can add perspective and meaning to our real lives.

So in this post I’m rounding up the best Uncle Iroh quotes from throughout the series.

The Best Uncle Iroh Quotes

Rounding Up the Most Memorable General Iroh Quotes from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Uncle Iroh from Avatar The Last Airbender bends fire

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

“Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.”

“In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself.”

“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.”

“You never know how things are going to work out. But if you keep an open mind and an open heart, I promise you will find your own destiny someday.”

“You are not the man you used to be. You are stronger and wiser and freer than you ever used to be. And now you have come at the crossroads of the destiny. It’s time for you to choose. It’s time for you to choose good.”

“While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.”

“Follow your passion and life will reward you.”

“You must never give in to despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.”

“”Sharing tea with a fascinating stranger is one of life’s true delights.”

“At my age, there is really only one big surprise left, and I’d just as soon leave it a mystery.”

“I always say the only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren’t looking for at a great bargain.”

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

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


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


Uncle Iroh from Avatar The Last Airbender

“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.”

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

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

“There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons.”

“At my age, there is really only one big surprise left, and I’d just as soon leave it a mystery.”

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

“There is energy all around us. The energy is both yin and yang — positive energy and a negative energy. Only a select few Firebenders can separate these energies. This creates an imbalance. The energy wants to restore balance, and in the moment the positive and negative energy come crashing back together, you provide release and guidance, creating lightning.”

“So this is how the great Commander Zhao acts in defeat? Disgraceful. Even in exile, my nephew is more honorable then you.”

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

“Destiny is a funny thing. You never know how things are going to work out. But if you keep an open mind and an open heart, I promise you will find your own destiny someday.”


“Follow your passion and life will reward you.”


“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.”

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

“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.”

“Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?”

“Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Earth Kingdom are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring.”

“Lightning is a pure expression of Firebending without aggression. It is not fueled by rage or emotion the way other Firebending is. Some call lightning the cold-blooded fire. It is precise and deadly, like Azula. To perform the technique requires peace of mind.”

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

“This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice!”

“This is what I’ve been missing. Who knew floating on a piece of driftwood for three weeks with no food or water and sea vultures waiting to pluck out your liver could make one so tense.”

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

“You are not the man you used to be. You are stronger and wiser and freer than you ever used to be. And now you have come at the crossroads of the destiny. It’s time for you to choose. It’s time for you to choose good.”


All images courtesy Nickelodeon


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