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100 Best Fruits Basket Quotes

One of the top shoujo series, Fruits Basket tells the story of Tohru Honda who comes in contact with the Sohma family after the death of her mother. As she meets the Sohma family, Tohru realizes that they have been bewitched by the animals of the Chinese zodiac.

What has anime fans drawn to the magical series is the beautifully crafted personalities of the Sohmas; especially the charming Yuki and hot-tempered Kyo.

Fruits Basket is written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya and has built quite the fanbase, enough to announce a remake in 2019. Here is the scoop on Fruits Basket quotes!

1.”Be selfish, say what you want once in a while. It’s okay to let yourself be sad.” -Kyo Sohma

2. “A conscience grows, just like the body. It’s bred within your heart. That’s why the shape of people’s kindness is so different.” -Honda Tohru

3. “If I were to live out life without any mistakes that would be great. But… there is no such path. Falling, tripping, losing the way, making mistakes, little by little, walking one step at a time, this is the only way to live out life.” -Sohma Yuki 

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Fruits Basket (2001) Natsuki Takaya, Studio Deen

4. “The scariest and the most painful thing is to be hated by someone you truly love.” -Honda Tohru 

5. “Just as no matter how hard you try to keep it away, despair will attack you again and again. In the same manner, hope will return to you. Again, and again.” -Kazuma Sohma 

6. “Maybe I’m not perfect. Maybe I have a long way to go. But someday… someday I’ll be able to stand and walk on my own. Without hurting anyone… and without being a burden.” -Sohma Kyo 

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Fruits Basket (2001) Natsuki Takaya, Studio Deen

7. “If it’s possible for one person to be hurt by another, then it’s possible for that person to be healed by another.” -Sohma Hatori 

8. “True kindness isn’t something we’re born with. It’s something we had to work on…” -Kyoko Honda 

9. “A sixth sense cannot make up for a total lack of common sense.” -Saki Hanajima 

Yui Horie, Yuka Imai, and Reiko Yasuhara in Fruits Basket (2001)
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

10. “I want to believe that memories, even sad and painful ones, should not be forgotten forever.” -Sohma Momiji 

11. “You’re just inexperienced. For example, as a martial artist, you have the strength to break the table with your fist. But you also have the self-control to stop your fist right before it hits the table. You weren’t born with that control, were you? You had to refine it. It’s the same as interacting with people. But training for that isn’t in the mountains – it has to be in a town where people live. Mingling with people, hurting them, getting hurt by them. That’s how you learn about people and about yourself. If you don’t, you’ll never care about anyone but yourself. You may be a black belt fighter, but you’re still a white belt in dealing with people. For the sake of the girl who will one day tell you she loves you… Don’t turn away. Keep training.” -Sohma Shigure

Yui Horie and Ryôtarô Okiayu in Fruits Basket (2001)
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

12. “I started crying. It was the first time in my life that I felt forgiven. Like I was saved. Like the frozen snow that’s melted by spring, the tears wouldn’t stop.” -Sohma Hatori 

13. “No one really starts out kind. All we know how to do at first is want. We want food, we want attention… It’s just natural survival instinct, I guess… But kindness is something that we all have to learn as we go. It’s something that grows and develops slowly over time… The same way our bodies do…” -Honda Tohru 

14. “It would be so great if it was possible to go through life without making a single mistake.” -Sohma Yuki 

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15. “If you become perplexed or make errors, in the end have the kind of life that you can have pride in living. The kind where you can say, “I persevered.” Repeating delightful things and sad things. And in that way keep getting older. I persevered.” -Kyoko Honda 

16. “If I wouldn’t have tripped, you wouldn’t have stopped, now, would you?” -Sohma Hatsuharu 

17. “It would be nice to live in a kind world without any fear, without any troubles, without hurting anybody, without ever being hurt; only doing the right thing. I wish I could reach this kind world by the shortest path possible.” -Akito Sohma 

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

18. “If you love someone, they could make you sad. They could even make you feel lonely sometimes. But that someone can also make you happier than you’ll ever be. -Sohma Kyo 

19. “I’m sure that inside your heart…you’re trying with all you might to find it on your own…the reason you were born. Because…because really…there might not be anyone who was born with a reason. I think that everyone might have to find one on their own. [in her head] A reason for being born… A reason that it’s okay to be alive… A reason to exist. [aloud] I think everyone might have to find it themselves…and decide for themselves. It could be your dreams…your job…or a person. …The reason you’re looking for…might be vague, unclear…and uncertain. [in her head] And you might lose it. [aloud] But as long as you’re alive…you have to keep searching for that reason.” -Honda Tohru 

Aya Hisakawa, Yui Horie, Ryôtarô Okiayu, and Tomokazu Seki in Fruits Basket (2001)
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

20. “I don’t think anyone is born with a reason to live. It’s something you have to find for yourself.”-Honda Tohru 

21. “And if when everything ends, nothing is left in my hands…that’s alright.” -Sohma Rin 

22. “It’s frightening that there’s no guarantee that I’ll ever be loved.” -Akito Sohma

23. “To truly love someone, is to always put their feelings before your own… no matter what.” -Saki Hanajima

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

24. “Mom taught me that people’s differences are something to celebrate. When I thought of all the different shapes of human kindness — imagining them as round or square…I got really excited. Your kindness is like a candle Sohma-kun. I can feel it light up, and I just want to smile. It’s that kind of kindness.” -Honda Tohru 

25. “I want to believe that life isn’t full of darkness. Even if storms come to pass, the sun will shine again. No matter how painful and hard the rain may beat down on me.” -Akito Sohma 

26. “Your happiness is in a much more vast world. Look for it. Find it.” -Sohma Rin 

27. “But I think… I want to live with all my memories. Even if they’re bad memories. Even if they’re memories that only hurt me… that I’d rather forget. If I keep them and keep trying, without running away, then someday I’ll be strong enough that those memories can’t defeat me. I believe that because I want to think that there’s no such thing as a memory that’s ok to forget.” -Sohma Momiji 

28. “It’s true, crying unexpectedly does make you feel better. When you’re an adult you forget that.” -Sohma Hatori 

29. “There are things that take a long time to acquire. Friends. Love. Really, nothing has been a waste.”-Megumi Hanajima 

30. “Here. It says to “like yourself”. But good things about yourself… how are you supposed to find them? I only know things I hate about myself. Cause that’s all I know, I hate myself. But even if you force yourself to find good things… it feels so empty. It doesn’t work that way. People like your teacher just don’t get it. I think… when you hear someone say they like you, for the first time… then you can begin to like yourself. I think when someone accepts you, for the first time… you feel like you can… forgive yourself a little. You can begin to face your fears… with courage.” -Sohma Yuki

yuki sohma and tohru honda
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

31. “Even I… know what it’s like to be jealous.” -Sohma Shigure 

32. “I don’t think anyone is born knowing the reason why they’re here. It’s just something you have to find as you go along.” -Honda Tohru 

33. “If you become perplexed or make errors, in the end have the kind of life that you can have pride in living. The kind where you can say, “I persevered.” Repeating delightful things and sad things. And in that way keep getting older. I persevered.” -Kyoko Honda 

34. “They say that we should love ourselves first, before other people learn to love us, but it’s not as easy as it seems. Sometimes, we need someone to accept us and love us first, then we would learn to see ourselves through that person’s eyes and learn to love our-self.” -Sohma Yuki

35. “When you get anxious about the future, it is better not to think about it. The more you think about it the more anxious you’ll get. Of course, it’s important to think about what lies ahead, too, but if you only look at what’s down the road, you’ll get tangled by the “laundry” by your feet and fall, won’t you? You see, it’s also important to think about what you can do now. What you can do today, and if you keep washing things one at a time, you’ll be done before you know it. Sometimes the anxiety will start to well up, but when it does… take a little break. Read a book, watch tv, or eat soumen with everyone.” -Sohma Shigure 

36. “Sometimes living can be hard! But it’s only because we’re alive that we can make each other laugh, cry, and be happy!” -Honda Tohru 

37. “You can erase my memory, but afterwards, promise you’ll still be my friend?” -Tohru Honda

yuki and tohru fruits basket
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

38. “Stupid Ocean!!! Ya want me to kill you? Huh??” -Kyo Sohma

39. “I want to possess her… to make her belong to me, and only me.” -Kyo Sohma

tohru, yuki and kyo sohma
Fruits Basket (2001) TOKYO TV -Natsuki Takaya

40. “Why is she so cruel? She only says such cruel things!” -Akito Sohma

41. “Maybe I wanted… to be NEEDED… By something… That wouldn’t exist without me.” -Yuki Sohma

42. It’s not like I suddenly became stronger, nor did anything change. My body still trembles, but I’ll keep facing my fears. What’s important is… the desire to improve… which stems from weakness. -Yuki Sohma

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

43. “It’s all very simple. But maybe because it’s so simple, it’s also hard.” -Natsuki Takaya

44. “I’m different. I have a “special existence.” I have been given an “eternal promise.” And everyone is waiting for me. So, I’m wanted. Because… that’s what father said.” -Akito Sohma

45. “Don’t smash it with your bare hands and EAT it!” -Yuki Sohma

46. “Don’t get lost. Give it a try. Go find the place that you’re wishing for.” -Natsuki Takaya

47. “I’m gonna take my place as a true member of this family!” -Kyo Sohma

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

48. “Mr. postman! It’s terrible, you see! They’re animals!” -Tohru Honda

49. “When we’re born, all we have are desires for food and material things. Selfish instincts, I guess.” -Tohru Honda

50. “We have just witnessed a classic example of what I like to call ‘misdirected rage’. I believe the technical term is being an ass.” -Natsuki Takaya

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

51. “Kyo is free. And that room is to be destroyed.” -Akito Sohma

52. When I was very young… …My world consisted only of Akito, my mother… …And whatever I could glimpse through the sliding paper door.” -Yuki Sohma

53. “Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you or save you.” -Natsuki Takaya

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Fruits Basket (2001) TOKYO TV -Natsuki Takaya

54. “You know… you really are something…” -Kyo Sohma

55. “Yo…Are you ready for me to break your neck…Rat-boy?” -Kyo Sohma

yuki and kyo sohma
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

56. “You’d sleep with anyone as long as they’re female.” -Akito Sohma

57. “Hi Yuki! As always, you’re alone, aren’t you? You’ve always been such a lonely child.” -Akito Sohma

58. She was chasing me? Just to say hello? And she didn’t go… to anyone else, did she? -Yuki Sohma

59. “It’s nice… people giving birth because they want children.” -Yuki Sohma

yuki sohma and tohru honda
Fruits Basket (2001) TV TOKYO Natsuki Takaya

60. “They will not become fed up with me! We’re tied together, our bond! Ours is a world that you can never touch!” -Akito Sohma

61. “Let’s try our best? I hope that someday the many, many tears that were shed will be worth it.” -Natsuki Takaya

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

62. “Well, I had a chip on my shoulder back then. I was like a lion that hadn’t been fed. A problem child that was too much for my teachers and parents to handle. I wonder why it’s so easy to “go bad”? Before I knew it, I’d joined “the ladies”. […] We beat people up, got beat up, started fires, got chased by the cops…to be honest, if I told you everything we did, it’d make your hair stand on end. The point is, I was an unrepentant moron. But even so, there was one person I idolized. That was Kyoko-san.” -Arisa Uotani

63. “Crap. I’m scared. I want to run away. I want to run away so badly…but still, I want to change, is what I thought. I’ve never felt this way before. I can’t stand the way I am. I want to change.” -Arisa Uotani

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

64. “Hey, morons! What’s cuter? Bikinis or one pieces?” -Arisa Uotani

65. “I… There was a time when I stopped talking. Just like you. My reasons were a little bit different, but I think the feelings of being ashamed of myself and hating myself are the same. Here, it says to “like yourself.” What does that mean? Good things- how are you supposed to find them? I only know things that I hate about myself. Because that’s all I know, I hate myself. But even if you force yourself to find good things, it feels so empty. It doesn’t work that way. People like your teacher just don’t get it. I think when you hear someone say they like you, for the first time, then you can begin to like yourself. I think when someone accepts you, for the first time, you feel like you can forgive yourself a little. You can begin to face your fears with courage.” -Yuki Sohma

66. “What can I learn from a stupid cat like you? You didn’t even know that Jason isn’t really a bear. He’s a character in a horror film.” -Yuki Sohma

67. “One of these days I’ll make you say you’re sorry.” -Kyo Sohma

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

68. “That’s lovely. She’s so… how shall I say it? By putting it into words I’m afraid the nobility of it all would only be obscured.” -Shigure Sohma

69. “I know it’s not good to be weak and helpless. But I don’t think it’s good to be too strong either. In our society, they talk about survival of the fittest. But we’re not animals. We’re human.” -Yuki Sohma

70. “You know, she’s so spunky!” -Shigure Sohma

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

71. “Yeah? So, what if I didn’t? Like I’d waste my time watching some movie about a bear!” -Kyo Sohma

72. “Just as there’s rejection in this world, there are people who will reach out to you.” -Kyo Sohma

73. “Being left behind or leaving behind…I wonder which hurts more.” -Kyo Sohma

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

74. “I don’t have the answer. But the one thing I do know…is that ‘love’ isn’t just about loving what’s right in front of you. The past…the future…maybe it’s about holding all of them close to your heart. That’s…what I think, at least. When I look at her…that’s what I think.” -Kyo Sohma

75. “Saying she doesn’t mind being alone…that she’s alright… There isn’t a person alive who’d really feel that way!” -Yuki Sohma

76. “We ARE outside you stupid cat.” -Yuki Sohma

77. “I never meant to get so close to you. I never meant to fall in love.” -Kyo Sohma

tohru, yuki, kyo, and shigure
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

78. “When did I start feeling like my name had a special ring to it whenever you called out to me? When did I start doing dumb stuff over and over again, as long as I knew it would make you smile? When did I start…loving you so much I couldn’t stand it?” -Kyo Sohma

79. “That day…I watched Tohru pick up my scattered beads. I couldn’t find any words to say. Among other things, they were proof of the monster I’d been. I thought I wouldn’t have minded just leaving them to rot. But at the same time…I had this feeling that someday down the line, I might regret not picking them up. Even so, I couldn’t move. So, she picked ‘em up instead. It felt like she was protecting both the present and future me. Or maybe…it was even more than that. Maybe she wanted to protect something bigger. Maybe she was trying to save all those feelings from far away…of every poor soul who had to wear a string of prayer beads just so they could live their lives.” -Kyo Sohma

shigure, tohru, yuki, and kyo
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

80. “But what does it matter? My life was over before it even started, the moment I was born with this curse. And you know why? It’s because of that damn rat. It’s that damn rats’ fault for everything!” -Kyo Sohma

81. “Wanna tell me what you guys were thinking?! You’re all here, and she’s back at the vacation house by herself!” -Kyo Sohma

82. “I love you. I love you… so much. Just as you are.” -Kyo Sohma

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© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

83. “Listen…I’ll take you with me. I’ll keep my promise. It took me a really long time. But now I’ll keep it…my whole life. Okay?” -Kyo Sohma

84. “Why does… my heart… hurt so much? Like it’s being torn apart. Is it because my outrageous wish… is so disheartening? Is it because I know… that some wishes… don’t come true? Even so… I wish. I wish…” -Kyoko Honda

85. “I’m sure that inside your heart…you’re trying with all your might to find it on your own…the reason you were born. Because…because really…there might not be anyone who was born with a reason. I think that everyone…everyone might have to find one on their own.” -Kyoko Honda

yuki sohma and tohru honda
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

86. “That’s easy, it becomes spring! No matter how cold it is now, spring will come again! Without fail. It’s strange, isn’t it? But it’s true.” -Kyoko Honda

87. “You’re so gullible! Don’t you have any standards? So, if I told you to spin around, you’d do it? If they told you to jump off a cliff, would you do that, too? I can’t stand people who have no individuality!!” -Hiro Sohma

88. “…If Tohru-chan were to die, I… I wonder if I’d be able to smile again one year later. Or if I’d wish that I could forget ever having met her. …Tohru-chan… has tried really hard…” -Saki Hanajima

yuki and tohru
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

89. “Please stop adding to my misery.” -Hatori Sohma

90. “I only take family as patients, and I still get worked to death.” -Hatori Sohma

91. “You said before that you hate it here. Well, I don’t believe thats true. You don’t hate it… but you’re afraid to face what you know you must. So instead… you run away. The air that you said was smothering… you know it can also heal you. But you refuse to let it. You refuse to let anyone see you for your true self. You’re too afraid of what you might lose. You’re running away because you’re afraid to admit your feelings even to yourself.” -Kazuma Sohma

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Fruits Basket (2001) TV TOKYO Natsuki Takaya

92. “You reject your femininity… yet at the end here you are using it.” -Shigure Sohma

93. “Sometimes I think the whole world is conspiring to destroy my house.” -Shigure Sohma

tohru honda and shigure sohma
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

94. “What Host club did he walk out of?” -Kyo Sohma

95. “No need to fear, Gure-San! Even if the entire world goes against you, I will forever be on your side!” -Ayame Sohma

96. “So, what are you saying? You mean if your wife wasn’t controlling you, you wouldn’t be a villain? You mean you’ve never thought it’s just because you’re incompetent? And what’s that supposed to mean anyway?” -Hiro Sohma

97. “Kyo, behave please. I don’t want the house getting… you know… smashed.” -Shigure Sohma

shigure, yuki, and tohru
© 2001 Natsuki Takaya/HAKUSENSHA・TV TOKYO・NAS・Fruba Project

98. “But she won’t mind if I transform, right?” -Momiji Sohma

99. “Ah-hah! What’s this Hatori? I don’t think I’ve ever heard you so eager to come over! Could it be you have a secret crush on Tohru? Ah! I guessed right, didn’t I? You naughty, naughty man, you!” -Shigure Sohma

100. “KEEP IT! What man in his right mind would eat that girly, sugary crap?!” -Kyo Sohma

We personally love Kyo Sohma for his stunning chemistry with Tohru! Watch Fruits Basket on Hulu and Funimation!

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