37 Uncle Iroh Quotes: He May Be Fictional, but His Wisdom Is Real

Uncle Iroh, also known as the Dragon of the West, was a Fire Nation General and a former Crown Prince. He was also one of the funniest, wisest, and most passionate people in the entire nation. Once retired, Uncle Iroh dedicated his life to training and mentoring his nephew, Zuko.

Uncle Iroh’s easy-going and hard-working attitude has captivated audiences all over the world. Thus, he became an inspiration to many and the epitome of what wisdom looks like. To honor his legacy, I’ve come up with the 37 best Uncle Iroh quotes.

37 Best Uncle Iroh Quotes

Shrewd Uncle Iroh Quotes

#1. “Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.”

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

#3. “Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love. There are reasons why each of us is born. We have to find those reasons.”

#4. ”Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.”

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

#6. “The only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren’t looking for at a great bargain!”

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

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

#9. “There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you, help you.”

#10. “If you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you’ll ever see.”

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

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

#13. “The coin is appreciated. But not as much as your smile.”

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

#15. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful flower of all.”

#16. “Good times become good memories. But bad times become good lessons.”

Inspirational Uncle Iroh Quotes

#17. “There is nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is you want from your life, and why.”

#18. “You’ve struggled, you’ve suffered, but you have always followed your own path.”

#19. “Sometimes life is like this tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place.”

#20. “You are not the man you used to be. You are stronger and wiser and freer than you ever used to be. You have come to the crossroads of your destiny. It is time for you to choose. It is time for you to choose good.”

#21. “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.”

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

#23. “You must never give into 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.”

#24. “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.”

#25. “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?”

Uncle Iroh Quotes About the Elements

#26. “Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will, and the energy and drive to achieve what they want.”

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

#28. “Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns, and they found peace and freedom. And they apparently had a great sense of humor.”

#29. “Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable of adapting to many things. They have a sense of community and love that holds them together through anything.”

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

Uncle Iroh Quotes About Tea

#31. “I know you’re not supposed to cry over spilled tea, but it’s just so sad!”

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

#33. “Sick of tea? That’s like being sick of breathing!”

#34. “You should know this is not a natural sickness. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying tea.”

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

#36. “So I was thinking about names for my new tea shop. How about the Jasmine Dragon? It’s dramatic, poetic. It has a nice ring to it.”

#37. “You’re looking at the rare white dragon bush. Its leaves make a tea so delicious, it’s heartbreaking! That, or it’s the white jade bush, which is poisonous. Delectable tea or deadly poison.”


Uncle Iroh is the epitome of strength, wisdom, and power. As he mentored his nephew Zuko, he’s also been a mentor to all of us who have watched Avatar. These Uncle Iroh quotes prove, once and for all, that he is a truly unique and fascinating character.

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