Everyone needs an empowering quote to get them through their day at least once. So look no further than The Legend of Zelda: while Link doesn’t talk, that doesn’t mean no one else can! Here are 10 empowering Zelda quotes that will make your day, strengthening you to become the hero you’ve always been destined to be.
10. “Just a scratch.” -Revali, Age of Calamity
Perfect for: Proving your enemies/obstacles can’t hurt you
While Revali isn’t everyone’s favorite character, the Rito archer does have excellent perseverance that shows through his training and his battle with Windblight in Age of Calamity. He surpasses the obstacles of the fight and triumphs alongside fellow warrior Teba, putting the blows he took aside as mere scratches. So when you need a lift-up and something to push you through any challenge you’re facing off against, remember this quote! It’s time to show those Blights who’s boss.
9. “Then let’s move on. Feeling sorry for yourself won’t be of any help.” -Urbosa, Breath of the Wild
Perfect for: Moving on from your mistakes
As Zelda’s surrogate mother, Urbosa is endlessly kind and compassionate to her little bird and reminds the young princess that she needs to move on from her failure at Mount Lanayru. She urges Zelda to stop feeling sorry for herself and move on to what she can do right in the future instead. This can also apply to real life: when you’ve made a mistake and can’t do anything about it, just let it go. There’s no benefit from lingering around it and crying over spilled milk. Move onto the next right thing to do, and you will achieve your goals eventually.
8. “Courage need not be remembered, for it is never forgotten.” -Zelda, Breath of the Wild
Perfect for: Facing your fears
This quote bears huge symbolism in the Zelda universe, but don’t hesitate to use it while you’re about to jump off a diving board, catch a spider in your house, or even walk around your basement in the dark. You can’t forget a trait you know you have innately; unlike Link’s Captured Memories, courage doesn’t rely on your memory. This quote is a beautiful piece of wisdom from Princess Zelda and certainly one that won’t leave your list of empowering lines anytime soon.
7. “Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short while… that is up to you.” -Happy Mask Salesman, Majora’s Mask
Perfect for: Reconciling after a split or argument
While the Happy Mask Salesman is creepiness in its uttermost incarnation, this quote is a compelling one that lets you think about partings. How long will a parting last? That is all up to you. If you reconcile sooner and deeply value your relationship, then it will likely be a short while. However, if you don’t want to talk to them again and still hold your grudge, the part will last for a much longer time. This quote gets us thinking about our decisions and how they can affect our closest relationships.
6. “We shall greet the morning… together.” -Anju, Majora’s Mask
Perfect for: A loved one’s passing, or hoping for a reunion
This quote is one of those that could cause your eyes to well up with tears. There’s just something about it that’s so extremely heartfelt. People who have had to say goodbye to a loved one or are endlessly hoping for a reunion with someone they care about can closely relate with it. Even if your situation is not one of the above, it’s comforting to remind yourself of Anju’s line every once in a while. It also pairs nicely with the Happy Mask Salesman’s, as both can be applied to reunions or saying goodbye.
5. “Time passes, people move. Like a river’s flow, it never ends. A childish mind will turn to noble ambition. Young love will become deep affection.” -Sheik, Ocarina of Time
Perfect for: Accepting the flow of time and letting go
Everyone has to admit Sheik has some seriously beautiful and wise quotes. This one is her prelude to teaching Link the Serenade of Water. However, this quote is not only for introducing a song: it embodies Ocarina of Time‘s central concept (you guessed it: time!) and encourages us to move on. No one can stop the flow of time, and that is simply a truth you must accept sooner or later. Sheik understands that kids will grow up, and youthful love relationships will bud into deep mutual affection. This directly reflects Link’s aging from a 10-year-old kid to a 17-year-old young man throughout the course of OOT.
4. “The right thing… What is it?” -Gyorg Child, Majora’s Mask
Perfect for: Contemplating before making a decision
These kids look like kids… until they start revealing that they’re way wiser than their years. Each of them poses some deep questions about morality, happiness, and your friends’ identities. The Gyorg Child in particular asks us what the right thing to do is. He then goes on to question if it makes everybody happy.
This quote is perfect to ask yourself before making a decision. This is one of those lines that really gets you thinking, but in a good way. What really is the right thing to do? Who does it benefit: yourself, or others? The Moon Children should be in a Termina court system or something, with all of their wisdom and sense of right and wrong. Honestly.
3. “Don’t give up! I believe in you!” -Sidon, Breath of the Wild
Perfect for: When you need a little boost of encouragement
When Sidon realizes he must take Link with him to fight Vah Ruta, he doesn’t shake his head and gloomily tell Link the odds. Instead, everyone’s favorite Zora prince and charming optimist delivers a 100% positive quote that Mipha passed down to him. He reminds us that no task is really impossible, and that we should never give up. The fact that he inherited this line from his late sister and uses it to provide the same encouragement to Link is beautifully heartfelt. So treat yourself to some Zora royalty and pump yourself up during your morning exercise routine!
2. “I will fight to fulfill my duty, until the very end. That’s really all I can do.” -Zelda, Age of Calamity
Perfect for: Reassuring yourself you’re doing your best
In Age of Calamity, Zelda’s struggle to awaken her powers is shown in full, as she is constantly desperate and questioning why she is the only one unable to fulfill her duty. However, this doesn’t stop her from contributing in every other way she can think of, including learning of the Sheikah technology’s true potential. She fights to do everything she can with the resources available to her, even if that doesn’t include her sealing powers… just yet. This quote is equally empowering to those who are doing their best to help, reassuring you when you feel like a failure.
1. “I want you to live for the future. You must look forward and walk a path of hope. Please… forgive us.” -King Daphnes, Wind Waker
Perfect for: Moving on to focus on a brighter future, and forgive those who wronged you in the past
This quote is often overlooked when you think of empowering Zelda quotes, but it certainly does not deserve to be. It’s the ultimate representation of moving on boldly to focus on a brighter future in hope, putting the darkness and sins of the past behind you forever. Before he bids farewell, the King of Hyrule also pleads for Link and Tetra to forgive their ancestors for not being able to care for the land successfully. Daphnes knows that dwelling on the past won’t help them to sustain the new Hyrule, though, which is why he insists they pave a new path for themselves.