best adventure time quotes

Best Adventure Time Quotes to Keep You from Becoming the Ice King!

Work and life got you down? Here are my favorite quotes from Adventure Time that will help inspire and motivate you through the day!

This wacky and insanely creative show has gained a strong following from all ages. A major part of its success is that it delivers many meaningful messages in an easy to understand matter.  Adventure Time handles very grim and “adult” issues such as Alzheimer (Ice King), nuclear war (The Bomb which creates the Lich), and love triangles (Princess Bubblegum and Flame Princess). The creators of Adventure Time do a fantastic job of also condensing complicated issues and emotions into concise and emotional quotes. 

Here is my list of favorite quotes from the Land of Ooo!

1. On Responsibility

“Responsibility demands sacrifice.” – Princess Bubblegum

adventure time quote responsibility

This is said by Princess Bubblegum who generally sees the world in a calculated, and often, cold and serious manner. She will make harsh decisions like imprisoning Flame Princess as a child for the greater good. This moral is also reflected in many other characters, such as the Ice King (Simon) who eventually sacrifices himself to save the world and Marceline.

2. On Dating

“Yeah, I-I guess. Or maybe dating girls is like riding a bicycle. Or, like, if you mess up, you could get really hurt forever, or hurt someone you really care about.” – Finn

adventure time quote dating

Finn’s bleak view on dating as Jake tries to explain to him that there are plenty of fish in the sea. This quote is taken from the episode “Dungeon Train” in season 5 of Adventure Time.

3. On Love

“I’m not trying to. I just like you. I think I… I think I like-like you. Listen, when I look at you, my brain goes all stupid. And I just wanna hug you, and sit on the couch and play BMO with you. I can’t explain why, but, I never felt this way before and I think we should be together.” – Finn

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Finn says this as he’s chasing after Flame Princess frantically. This quote appears in episode 1 of season 4 “Hot to the Touch”. You can see our full list of love quotes here.

4. On Challenges

“To live life, you need problems. If you get everything you want the minute you want it, then what’s the point of livin’?” – Jake the Dog

adventure time quote challenges

BMO, by contrast, thinks problems are unnecessary. One of the most famous lines in Adventure time, this quote appears on the 37th episode of season 5 “Box Prince”. This is a BMO episode and an incredibly weird on at that.

5. On Misfortune

“When bad things happen, I know you want to believe they are a joke, but sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.” – BMO

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This is one of my favorite quotes in Adventure Time by BMO. Said in episode 12 of Season 3 “The Creeps”. The episode features a dinner murder mystery that includes a real ghost (Girl from “The Vault” episode).

6. On Intelligence

“Let’s always be stupid, forever!” – Finn

adventure time quote forever

Another take on the “stay hungry, stay foolish” mindset. Finn tells Jake and Lady Rainicorn to stay “stupid forever” in episode 9 of season 1 “My Two Favorite People”. Unlike Jake who comments to “never do anything stupid again”, Finn thinks that they should stay “naive” and continue to be happy making mistakes.

7. On Appearances

“You don’t need a mirror to know you look good. You’re beautiful on theinside.” – Finn

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Beauty is skin deep, and Finn and Jake take this to heart. This theme is seen over and over again as Finn cuts off all of his hair to donate to a witch in one episode. Additionally Finn rarely reveals his long, blond hair opting to keep it hidden in his hat.

8. On Sweatpants

“Don’t you call sweatpants: “give up on life pants” Jake?” – Finn

adventure time quote sweat pants

I don’t care what he says, sweatpants are comfortable and I’m going to keep wearing them. Whether you’re waking up or going to sleep, there’s just never really a wrong time for sweat pants.

9. On Tolerance

“People get built different. We don’t need to figure it out, we just need to respect it.” – Princess Bubblegum

adventure time quote tolerance

Most of the characters in Adventure Time have a full history that explains who they are and why they do the things they do. Some characters who are seen as the “bad guy”, such as the Ice King, was at one point a hero. We don’t know what someone has been through so it’s unfair to judge. 

10. On Being Present

“You’re getting all hung up, all hung up on imaginary problems. You’ve gotta focus on what’s real, man!” – Jake

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Some great advice from Jake to Finn as he keeps mulling over his break up with Flame Princess. It’s natural for us to get hung up on the past or worry about things we can’t control. It is more practical for us to focus on tangible things we can affect though.