Originally posted by MolSno
"Eventually, I'll be betrayed, and it will abandon me. But still, I want to see them again, because at the time, I know my feelings were real." -Shinji Ikari, The End of Evangelion
"Anywhere can be paradise, as long as you have the will to live. After all, you are alive, so you will always have the chance to be happy. As long as the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth exist, everything will be all right." -Yui Ikari, The End of Evangelion
I really like these ones, the second one has always stuck with me. They encapsulate Evangelion's themes really well. Especially the second one with the "chance to be happy". It's not some magic guaranteed happiness, but the potential is always there.
Originally posted by Y.Y.
Probably "This World is made of Love & Peace" by Vash the Stampede, from Trigun.
I like this one as well, it isn't that interesting to me out of context, but when you know and understand Vash's character and how hard he tries to maintain that ideal, it has power.
Grisaia no Kajitsu has a nice mix of cool and funny lines, some I like from the protagonist Yuuji "THE JUICE IS LOOSE" Kazami:
"There is no scale by which we can objectively measure misery. People have a tendency to judge themselves "happier" or "unhappier" relative to others, but such comparisons rest on a flawed asumption we all think and feel alike."
"If you're smart, you start rejecting people's requests at 80% of your real tolerance level."
Do beans have emotions?
Steins;Gate has some good ones too like:
"The man is a universe unto himself; ever expanding and plagued by entropy."
- can't remember either Daru or Okabe
"Tch, stubborn old man. He thinks he owns the place just because he owns the place."
"We all depend on someone's kindness at some point in our lives. When the time comes, you pass the gift along."
- Mr. Braun
One of my more recent favourites is from Bokutachi wa Hitotsu no Hikari, the ending of the Love Live movie. The quote is:
Ima ga saikou! (This moment is the greatest!)
I think this line perfectly captures the theme of ephemerality which is a big theme in the series. Reminds me a bit of the Evangelion quotes.
The idea of "Sure it's sad as fuck that it is the end, but we should cherish the memories. The fact that we accomplished this is amazing."
Plus this song was the very final song that they performed in their final concert so it's got a huge amount of sentimental power behind it.
Okay, it is really the same meaning as that ultra cheesy quote I dislike: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
But I think the difference is that one is just an overused cheesy line people say in emotional situations, and the other is a line from a franchise which can expand and execute the ideas behind the quote. The second one can have more weight and feeling behind it. It's like music. A good song can usually sound good by itself, but if you have some emotional attachment to the song it becomes much more powerful and meaningful to you.
"Now is the greatest time!"
said during their final performance, at their utmost peak both in the anime and in real life, by the group whose first CD single sold only ~400 copies, and their first concert being at a venue of only 80 people, to their final concert completely filling the 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome over 2 days, and also being one of the top 10 best selling artists in Japan in both 2015 and 2016.