Avatar: The Last Airbender is many things. It's part martial arts action fest, part high adventure fantasy, part character-driven drama, and even part love story. The show is all around good, reeling in adults and kids alike no matter the age. It also has many timely things to say about life, failure, struggle, fear, and human nature, delving deep into thematic ideas far beyond many shows today.

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Because of this, Avatar is home to many inspiring and thoughtful quotes dropped by some of the best developed characters in television. What are some of these great lines and who speaks them? Here are the ten most inspiring quotes spoken in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

"Pride Is Not The Opposite Of Shame But Its Source"

Kicking off the list is one of many amazing quotes from the wizened military genius of the Fire Nation himself, General Iroh. For the uninitiated, General Iroh aka Uncle Iroh is the commanding general of Fire Nation's army and a surrogate father figure for Prince Zuko -- often chiming in with timely lessons, proverbs, and advice when the exiled monarch-to-be is in need of instruction.

In this particular quote, Iroh teaches the petulant heir to the kingdom about the importance of humility, and how humbling one's self is the only cure to the lethal pride that destroys not only kings but their kingdoms as well.

9 "Sometimes Life Is Like A Dark Tunnel"

Speaking of General Iroh, another one of his most impressive quotes deals with perseverance and steadfastness no matter how dark the world may seem around us. "You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel," Iroh says. "But if you just keep moving you will come to a better place.”

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This is the nature of progress, refusing to quit while continually putting one foot in front of the other. The idea here is that if you keep moving forward that eventually, in the end, you will persevere against the storm and arrive at greener pastures.

8 "Let It Go"

Right from the mouth of the last air bender himself, Aang's quote speaks to the importance of releasing negative emotions while still embracing the ability to express them. "You need to face this man," the avatar says, "but when you do you need to let your anger out... then let it go."

And how true this is! Negative emotions like rage, unforgiveness, and shame eat away at the human soul and devour lives in bitterness. Only when human beings can express these emotions and purge them from our hearts will we truly be free to flourish.

7 "Hope Is Something You Give Yourself"

While it's true this quote started off as something spoken by General Iro, Zuko echoed this proverb in later seasons, punctuating a truth the fire bender deeply needed to learn. As the full quote goes, "In the darkest of times, hope is something you give yourself."

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This is a direct echo of "No, Zuko! You must never give in to despair! Hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of strength." And it 's true. In the darkest of times, when no external shots in the arm arise to help one keep moving forward, one has to look within, finding new ways to persevere. Hope, as the quote alludes, is a mindset.

6 "Open To Change"

The next quote is brought to you once again by Aang, the last air bender and Avatar of the nomadic Air Nation. Biting and universally true, Aang's words, "When we hit out lowest point we are open to change" couldn't be truer.

Often times, it's when one hits rock bottom that all pride and ego is shattered, opening one up to the truth they needed to hear all along. Unfortunately for human nature, though, hitting rock bottom is often needed to provoke such change. If only humanity was less stubborn.

5 "The True Mind"

This proverb comes right from the mouth of the Ancient One aka Lion Turtle -- the last surviving behemoth whose species once carried nomadic air cities on their great backs. Lion Turtle is the largest living creature in Avatar lore, and is as wise as it is huge.

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"The true mind can weather all lies and illusions without being lost. The true heart can touch the poison of hatred without being harmed. From beginningless time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light." Lion Turtle's wisdom declares that purity, love, and all things good will ultimately defeat the fear and hatred of darkness.

4 "The Illusion Of Separation"

Guru Pathik, the nomadic supercentenarian and spiritual mentor of Aang, dropped this wisdom during Aang's quest to unlock the seven chakras within. Pathik is wise and holds allegiance to no kingdom, embodying the spirit of the Avatar itself.

Pathik is also the author of a very insightful point on separation -- how humans often create false dichotomies in our own minds. "The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people, but we live as if divided."

3 "Helping Others"

Jumping back to Uncle Iroh again (because let's face it the man has the best quotes), here's another nugget of wisdom on how one ought go about solving problems. Hint, hint: help others!

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"Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to help others." Helping others is almost always the best way to solve one's own issues, the answer being found in being the change other people need first. Whether or not karma exists, the adage is still true.

2 "Strong Enough Not To"

Katara is one of the series most important heroes, having believed the Avatar would return when the rest of the world had given up hope. Katara is also a well of wisdom, spouting some pretty timely truisms throughout the show.

One such saying is her comments on true strength. "I wanted to take out all of my anger on [Yon Rha]," said the water bender. "But I couldn't. I don't know if it's because I'm too weak... or if because I'm strong enough not to." Sometimes, true strength is demonstrated in restraint. For Katara, this was the ultimate test, with Yon Rha being the man who murdered her mother.

1 "Failure And Fear Of Failure"

Last but not least is a final quote from the exiled prince turned ally Zuko of Fire Nation. In a touching moment with Sokka, Zuko goes deep, dropping a bomb that hits close to everyone's home: fear of failure.

"Look Sokka, you're going to fail a lot before things work out. Even though you fail over and over again, you have to try every time. You can't quit because you're afraid you'll fail." Who says the Fire Nation prince doesn't go deep? The only way to overcome failure and the fear of it is to fail through it. For it's through failure humans learn and grow.

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