When recalling all the wisdom that Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra imparted to us, I can't help but think of Prince Zuko's wise Uncle Iroh. Lovable, respectable, and never short of proverbs (or tea), Iroh impacted us all with his reflections on life, love, loss and honor.
Though Avatar and Korra are no longer on the air, Iroh's wisdom continues to influence us. No matter what life has thrown at you, it is guaranteed that the Fire Lord's brother has a little bit of advice to help you soldier on. Here are 13 Uncle Iroh quotes that will always inspire.
1. Dare To Hope
"You must never give into dispair. 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."
2. Seek To Understand That Which Is Different
"It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If you take it from only one place, it become rigid and stale. Understanding others, the other elements, and the other nations, will help you become whole."
3. We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends
"While it is always best to believe in one's self, a little help from others can be a great blessing."
4. Who Controls Your Fate?
"Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you? ... It's time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you and what do you want?"
5. Live Long And Prosper
"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."
6. Believing Is Seeing
"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."
7. Restoring Your Honor
"t is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor."
8. You Will Find Your Light
"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."
9. Give A Helping Hand
"Sometimes the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else."
10. On Pride
"Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source."
11. Be The Change
"But you have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you."
12. Shine A Light On Understanding
"Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine light on them."
13. Finding Your Destiny
"You know Prince Zuko, 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."
What is your favorite Uncle Iroh moment? Share in the comments below.