Collected Quotes: Monogatari Series

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“I want to do something about the situation I’m facing but, on the other hand, I feel the best course of action would be to do nothing.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 4.” Hanamonogatari


“Just like love isn’t always requited, hating someone doesn’t mean they’ll hate you in turn. Sometimes, they won’t even let you hate them in peace. People aren’t comic book characters, you know. No human being is made completely of malice, nobody is evil through and through, no character looks the same from all angles, and hell, no character stays consistent at all times.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 2.” Hanamonogatari


“For you, interpersonal relationships are just bargaining.”
— “Hitagi End Part Five.” Monogatari: Second Season


“People can run from things they don’t like all they want, but if they’re just averting their eyes, they’re not running.”
— “Tsubasa Tiger, Part Four.” Monogatari


Staying misfortunate is negligence, and not trying to become happy is cowardice.
—  “Shinobu Mail – Part 6.” Owarimonogatari


Desire lies at the core of human nature and humans are ruled by those desires.’ That was the less tactful theory of Xun Zi. He claimed that humans are born evil. […] Thus, if a person does good, that is not their true self, but a lie. That was his theory. It would be a lie, a fake, and due only to hypocrisy. […] Phony. And thus, by definition, deliberate. He said all good is thereby hypocrisy, and therefore one must make a deliberate attempt to be good.
—  “Tsukihi Phoenix, Part Four.” Nisemonogatari


My feelings may have been beautiful in their concept, but they were not righteous.
— Kizumonogatari (Part III)

The Rest

Kizumonogatari

If there is a meeting, there will surely be a farewell.
— Kizumonogatari (Part III)


If you try to erase sin with sin, you’ll only add to your sins.
— Kizumonogatari (Part III)


My feelings may have been beautiful in their concept, but they were not righteous.
— Kizumonogatari (Part III)


We, who hurt each other so terribly, will sit here licking each other’s wounds. We damaged goods will each seek the other out in comfort. If you are to die tomorrow, I’m fine with my life ending then as well. But if you want to live for me for one more day, I’ll go on living with you today as well.
— Kizumonogatari (Part III)

Bakemonogatari

It’s impossible for someone to replace someone else. Just like it’s impossible for someone to become someone else. No matter how much like them, no matter how much you adore them.
— “Suruga Monkey, Part Two.” Bakemonogatari


Hating socializing with people is different than hating people. [For example] I’m bothered by the very fact that people exist, but you’re an exception.
— “Suruga Monkey, Part One.” Bakemonogatari


Even if there’s only one actual truth, you can have two truths from two different perspectives. A method to determine which truth is true doesn’t actually exist. There’s no real method of proving your truth in this world. But believing that you’re wrong for that reason is also wrong.
—  “Mayoi Snail, Part Three.“ Bakemonogatari


Curiosity, such a thing can be compared to cockroaches. It swarms around the secrets that one doesn’t want others to know.
— “Hitagi Crab, Part One.” Bakemonogatari


Nisemonogatari

Desire lies at the core of human nature and humans are ruled by those desires.’ That was the less tactful theory of Xun Zi. He claimed that humans are born evil. […] Thus, if a person does good, that is not their true self, but a lie. That was his theory. It would be a lie, a fake, and due only to hypocrisy. […] Phony. And thus, by definition, deliberate. He said all good is thereby hypocrisy, and therefore one must make a deliberate attempt to be good.
—  “Tsukihi Phoenix, Part Four.” Nisemonogatari


Owarimonogatari

If I were to come across the same situation again, I’m sure I would do the same thing over and over again. But no matter what I do, I can’t deny the feeling that I could have done it better.
— “Mayoi Hell.” Owarimonogatari


Most people are eager to correct mistakes more than doing the right thing.
— “Mayoi Hell.” Owarimonogatari


[…] she doesn’t know everything, but knows only what she knows, and exposed truths she didn’t need to, and because she forgot truths that she didn’t have to forget, we went through reckless shortcuts and impossible detours this whole time.
— “Mayoi Hell.” Owarimonogatari


Staying misfortunate is negligence, and not trying to become happy is cowardice.
—  “Shinobu Mail – Part 6.” Owarimonogatari


The other day, when I told the story of the past, did I not preface the story with instructions? […] Don’t show worthless envy. Leave it at a cute level of jealousy. Don’t be distressed. Right now, you’re the only one for me.
—  “Shinobu Mail – Part 4.” Owarimonogatari


If you keep apologizing so many times like that, it makes me doubt if you really feel bad about all of it.
—  “Shinobu Mail – Part 3.” Owarimonogatari


You’re not happy because you’re not trying to be happy. Nobody can make someone who isn’t trying to be happy into someone that’s happy.
— “Sodachi Lost: Part 2.” Owarimonogatari


Actions you take during childhood are all mysterious. None of them can be really explained. I have no idea why I was doing such a thing. My train of thought was completely different from what it is now.
—                       “Sodachi Riddle – Part One.” Owarimonogatari


Most of who I was back in grade school, or middle school, is far beyond the boundaries of oblivion. It even feels like I was actually born very recently.
— “Sodachi Riddle – Part One.” Owarimonogatari


Tsukimonogatari

“I think you’ve racked up stupidity, not experience.”
—  “Yotsugi Doll – Part 2/ Episode Tai (Body).“ Tsukimonogatari


Hanamonogatari

“Many people will have lots of different opinions on what you did. There will be those who will say you did the right thing, and those who will say you were wrong. You shouldn’t pay attention to them. Don’t worry about what they’ll say. What you did was neither the right nor wrong thing. You were just spending your youth.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 5.” Hanamonogatari (Said by: Koyomi Araragi)


“It doesn’t matter whether wishes come true or not, […] but I believe wishing for something in and of itself has merit. [For] regardless of whether or not it’s possible to make it come true, I think it’s good to understand yourself and what you wish for. [For] If you don’t know what you want to be like and what you’d like to see happen, your life will be filled with doubt.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 5.” Hanamonogatari


“The motivation behind good is usually the jealousy of evil. The motivation behind evil is antipathy towards good.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 5.” Hanamonogatari


“Being bothered by something is the best reason there could be to take action.”
— ”Suruga Devil – Part 4.” Hanamonogatari


“I can be nice to people even when I’m not particularly attached to them.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 2.” Hanamonogatari


“There are things that can’t be solved by simply running away. In the same vein, there are wounds that time can’t heal.”
— “Suruga Devil – Part 2.” Hanamonogatari


“If you’ve got the time to think, you’ve got the time to act.”
— “Suruga Devil/ Episode 1.” Hanamonogatari


Monogatari: Second Season

“Romance can strengthen people, but it can also make them useless.”
— “Hitagi End – Part 6.” Monogatari: Second Season


“If things don’t go well today, it’s basically as it not going well at all from the start.”
— “Hitagi End Part Five.” Monogatari: Second Season


“If you can’t visually recognize something, it means you can’t “admit” the “perception” that “you can’t see.” You can’t realize that you can’t see. In other words, it doesn’t exist. Something you can’t perceive cannot exist. At least within the human brain, such logic stands.”
— “Shinobu Time – Part One.” Monogatari Second Season


“If merely asking for directions makes you lost, no child in this world isn’t lost.”
— ”Kan (Idle) – Mayoi Jiangshi: Part 1.” Monogatari


“To ask is a moment’s shame. Not to, lifelong. […] To teach is a moment’s superiority. Not to, everlasting.”
— ”Kan (Idle) – Mayoi Jiangshi: Part 1.” Monogatari


“No matter what, it’s all you. Even if you change, it’s you. […] Turn rotten and I’ll hate you. Do bad things and I’ll scold you. If someone has it in for you, I’ll cover for you. If you become stupid, well, I’ll help you with schoolwork. And if you cry, I’ll comfort you.”
— “Tsubasa Tiger – Part 5.” Monogatari


“They say secrets don’t come from questions, but slips of the tongue.”
— “Tsubasa Tiger, Part Two.” Monogatari

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