One of the most impactful characters in the entire Naruto franchise is Itachi Uchiha, the ninja who we initially thought was a bad guy in the series. Despite his initial antagonistic portrayal, he has never failed to drop words of wisdom to our listeners. Not just his words, his actions have always been towards the benefit of Konoha.
Knowing that his own brother and village will grow to hate him, Itachi has always done what’s best for his brother and the village that he has always fought hard to protect. Even in his last moments, he still remained the caring older brother to Sasuke. So it’s a good thing that Naruto, who was made aware of Itachi’s intentions, fought to change Itachi’s image in the village.
The new generation will now look at Itachi as a hero rather than someone who has betrayed the village. In this article, we’ll go through some of Itachi’s best quotes throughout the Naruto franchise.
1.“It’s foolish to fear what we have yet to see and know.”
As humans, it’s completely normal to fear the unknown. This is why we fear things like death or the dark, where things are uncertain. But for a trained shinobi, in order to become efficient in your mission, you have to be ready to face anything. There isn’t much room for things like fear. For Itachi, who was trained as an Anbu from an early age, he probably picked up something like that early on.
2.“ You and I are flesh and blood. I’m always going to be there for you, even if it’s only as an obstacle for you to overcome. Even if you do hate me. That’s what big brothers are for.”
Something that hit extremely hard after his death. We learn that Itachi has always prioritized Sasuke over everything. The majority of everything he has done was to ensure Sasuke would be able to survive and grow strong. It may have been on the cruel side, but Sasuke wouldn’t have been as strong as he was if he hadn’t done it.
3.“Those who cannot acknowledge their true self.. eventually fail.”
This one is a slap of truth. All of us have to acknowledge all our strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect, and realizing that you aren’t above people gives you room to grow. Knowing your strengths enables you to pursue things that you are good at. Meanwhile, being aware of all the bad habits and weaknesses allows you to work on yourself more. Or know what to avoid at the very least.
4.“Those who turn their hands against their comrades are sure to die a terrible death. Be prepared.”
No one probably expected this lesson to come from Itachi. This feels like something the main character would say. It goes to show that Itachi probably has some of the best values in the entire series. The lesson is a common thing implied in several shounen anime, but it’s usually something you’d hear the main hero say.
5.“Self- Sacrifice… a nameless shinobi who protects peace within its shadow. That is a true shinobi.”
When you think about it, Itachi literally sacrificed everything. He sacrificed his entire clan and reputation to protect the village. Above all else, he sacrificed the bond and trust he had with his younger brother, all for the safety of Konoha. This was extreme dedication towards the village. Even if he knew he would be branded a terrorist, he did it anyway. Probably no one in Naruto would have done this.
6.“People’s lives don’t end when they die. It ends when they lose faith.”
Well, it still technically ends when a person dies, but there is some truth to his words. People tend to lose their “life” when they have truly given up on things. What’s the point of living after that? As long as you keep searching for a reason to live, you’ll continue to live, but if you’ve given up hope, it can feel like death.
7.“Even the strongest of opponents always has a weakness.”
People might assume this was advice given by Itachi to Sasuke during the good old days. Surprisingly, this quote came up when Kisame and Itachi were about to face one of the legendary sannin, Jiraya. This is something that came unexpectedly cause Itachi didn’t seem to be the type to give a pep talk at this point in the series.
The scene shows that there was a close bond between Itachi and Kisame where Itachi bothered to assure his friend that there was a way to overcome their opponent. He also said the same line to Naruto during their last encounter.
8.“However strong you become, never seek to bear everything alone. If you do, failure is certain.”
Sometimes even the main characters must be reminded about the power of teamwork. This was said to Naruto during their last encounter. Perhaps, Itachi realized his mistake and didn’t want Naruto to repeat it. Itachi was confident with the power he possessed. However, he still ultimately died.
He knew a lot of people wanted Naruto to come back alive, so he offered this piece of advice to Naruto to remind him to always ask for help and never shoulder burdens on his own.
9.“Sorry, Sasuke… There won’t be a next time.”
This moment hits hard for people who watched the episode or read this part in the manga. If you’ve followed Itachi’s and Sasuke’s story since the first Naruto series, you would know how meaningful this line with the gesture is to the two brothers. It’s at this point Sasuke realizes that he just lost his brother for good.
Well, he didn’t know that Itachi would get temporarily revived a few moments after, but it was just for a few more episodes. At the very least, the two siblings could fight together on the same side again.
10.“Loneliness is this world’s worst kind of pain.”
Itachi probably knew this more than anyone, even more than Sasuke. Itachi purposely got the village to hate him. So he had no one to return to, whereas his brother always had his teammates that never gave up on him. Given he had a friendship with Kisame while he was in the Akatsuki, but Kisame died ahead of him.
Kisame considered Itachi a dear friend, even remembering him in his last moments.
11.“If I had been open with you from the start… and looked you straight in the eye and told you the truth, then I wouldn’t have had to stand before you, from above, as a failure, telling you all of this. So this time, I want to impart the truth to you… you don’t ever have to forgive me. And no matter what you do from here on out, know this… I will love you always.”
It was great that Itachi’s reincarnation got to buy him time to show Sasuke the truth behind his actions. While Sasuke never really forgave Itachi, or at least fans were ever told if he did, Sasuke at the very least learned the truth about his actions and can peacefully move forward. By the time Boruto aired, it looks like Sasuke had also taken steps and started to forgive Itachi, expressing how he wanted to introduce his family to his brother.
12.“Don’t cry, Sasuke. Your big brother is here to protect you, no matter what happens.”
If there’s one thing Itachi didn’t lie about it is this. He has always done his best to protect Sasuke, even if it meant hurting Sasuke. Ultimately, Sasuke was able to get stronger thanks to Itachi’s actions.