It’s almost a cliché in Japanese anime to have one supporting character, good or evil, who is so charismatic and strong (usually more than the hero/heroine themselves). This character always delivers the best lines with impeccable timing and poise. In the case of the popular anime ‘Naruto’, Itachi Uchiha is undoubtedly the guy.
Performed by popular voice actor Hideo Ishikawa, Itachi Uchiha is one of the fan favorites not only when it comes to Naruto but in Japanese anime lore as a whole. We will go through 25 Famous Itachi quotes.
Being from a martial arts anime, one doesn’t usually expect a wide range of dialogue from a character like Itachi. but surprisingly enough, his dialogue is as diverse as it gets. He, as a character, had to evolve in his earlier years and reached a level of power and maturity in his teens that most characters don’t.
“Suffering builds character”, If this saying is true, then Itachi has character in excess.
We will split our famous Itachi quotes into segments defined by topics ranging from Itachi sad quotes to Itachi quotes about love, amongst several others. This is not some sort of ranking or anything, our quotes are arranged in no particular order of importance.
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Famous Itachi Quotes
#1 “It’s Best Not To Be Optimistic And Think It’s An Illusion. The Pain Is Not An Illusion. This Pain Is Absolutely No Different From Reality. How Long Will Your Spirit Sustain?”
This had to be Itachi’s first proper introduction to the Naruto fandom. He faced off against his younger brother’s master, the copy Ninja, Kakashi Hatake. Multiple other ninjas were involved in this confrontation but Kakashi felt he was best suited to counteract Itachi’s renowned ninjutsu.
He quickly found out he was wrong. He fell prey to pain that felt like 72 hours but lasted only 1 second in reality. This was a fabulous show of Itachi’s strength.
#2 “Forgive Me Sasuke, Some Other Time, Okay?”
Like any other younger brother, Sasuke always wanted to spend time with Itachi. Whether it was playing or fighting, he always felt good being with him.
But joining the Anbu corps at a record young age, Itachi’s responsibilities always kept him from spending too much time with little Sasuke. This is arguably one of Itachi’s best lines.
#3 “You Are Weak. And You Are Weak Because You Don’t Have Enough Hate.”
Making Sasuke hate him was one of Itachi’s biggest sacrifices. But it was a necessary one since Uchiha’s powers greatly increased when they were driven by hate, anger and pain.
Sasuke’s hate for his older brother for the large majority of his short life is arguably the main reason why he got so strong at such a young age.
This is one of Itachi’s best quotes since it describes the nature of their relationship for the more significant part of the anime series.
#4 “Becoming Hokage Doesn’t Mean People Will Acknowledge You. But When People Acknowledge You, You Become Hokage. Never Forget Your Friends.”
After he was revived by Kabuto’s ‘Edo tensei’ Itachi shared some knowledge with Naruto. Telling him that power doesn’t bring acknowledgement but acknowledgement brings power. One of the wisest Itachi sayings.
#5 “Even the strongest of opponents always has a weakness.”
This is one of the more famous Itachi quotes. Although some translations have interpreted it as “Even the strongest of Jutsus always has a weakness”, it all boils down to one thing, being the prodigy that he was, he always had a solution for anything the opponent had to throw at him.
Itachi Best Quotes
#6 “Self-sacrifice… A nameless shinobi who protects peace within its shadow. That is a true shinobi.”
One recurrent theme in Naruto was the desire of characters (mostly shinobi) to clearly state their philosophy of living, their reason to live and fight. This is known as their ‘Ninja Way’. This quote falls under one of Itachi’s sad quotes.
#7 “Teachings that do not speak of pain have no meaning, for humankind cannot gain anything in return.”
The main idea that pushed the human advocates for infinite Tsukuyomi (Obito mostly) was the idea that it would end all human pain. Our heroes fight to preserve human pain essentially in the final act of Naruto Shippuden. Itachi believed that pain was an important part of life. This Itachi saying is truly one of the best.
#8 “Knowledge and awareness are vague, and perhaps better called illusions. Everyone lives within their own subjective interpretation.”
Itachi is also commonly known as one of the smartest characters in ‘Naruto’. He was totally aware of how human he himself was, understanding the fact that his choice of philosophies was based on his own perceptions.
#9 “No matter how powerful you become, do not try to shoulder everything alone.”
He passed this piece of knowledge on to Naruto when he was reanimated. Telling him that his greatest strength will always be the people he can rely on, his friends.
Itachi Quotes About Life
#10 “The people of this clan are all the same. You focus on the trivial and lose sight of what’s most important. Change is impossible, in this fog of ignorance. How can we evolve when regulation is all we know?”
Another one of Itachi’s best lines is where he expresses his belief in his clan. The belief is that life comes with change and his clan can change with it.
#11 “It is not wise to judge others based on your own preconceptions and by their appearances.”
Itachi said this to Kisame, warning him about Jiraiya.
#12 “Even if you don’t want your youth to end, dreams must come to an end at some point!”
#13 “People’s lives don’t end when they die. It ends when they lose faith.”
#14 “We are humans, not fish. We don’t know what kind of people we truly are until the moment before our deaths. As death comes to embrace you, you will realize what you are. That’s what death is, don’t you think?”
Itachi said this to Kisame, his partner in the Akatsuki. Being the prodigy that he was, Itachi knew more about death at a young age than most full-grown shinobi in the village.
#15 “Loneliness is this World’s Worst Kind of Pain.”
Itachi killed off his clan and had to live away from his brother for most of his life.
#16 “Time doesn’t heal anything, it just teaches us how to live with pain.”
Itachi Quotes About Love
#17 “No single thing is perfect by itself. That’s why we’re born to attract other things to make up for what we lack.”
#18 “I Will Always Love You.”
At the end of the series, we come to realize that Itachi carried Sasuke in his heart in all his actions.
#19 “Those who turn their hands against their comrades are sure to die a terrible death. Be prepared.”
#20 “The ones who aren’t able to acknowledge their own selves are bound to fail.”
#21 “Forgive me Sasuke… It ends with this.”
#22 “Now I feel that maybe knowing who I actually am is the key to reaching perfection. Because that means knowing what I can and cannot do.”
#23 “If you want to kill me, despise me, hate me, and live in an unsightly way… Run, and cling to life, and then someday, when you have the same eyes as I do, come before me.”
#24 “The village does have its dark side and its inconsistencies, but I’m still Konoha’s Itachi Uchiha.”
#25 “Any technique is worthless before my eyes.”
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