Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Studio Ghibli film with an overarching coming-of-age theme similar to Kiki’s Delivery Service but focuses on romance and the drama that comes with high school kids. This Studio Ghibli film is one of the few that wasn’t directed by Hayao Miyazaki, but he still contributed his writing based on the manga by Aoi Hiiragi. Hayao Miyazaki never fails to deliver magical and relatable lines, especially the quotes in Whisper of the Heart.
Whisper of the Heart is centered around a high school girl, Shizuku Tsukishima who is teased for writing corny lyrics to songs. Shizuku finds inspiration through Seiji after finding out his dream of becoming a luthier. She begins to write a story called “Whisper of the Heart” and is set on learning more about writing.
Follow Seiji and Shizuku’s romance in this inspiring film. Here is the scoop on Whisper of the Heart quotes!
1. “There’s always a voice inside me that says, ‘things won’t go that smoothly.'” -Shizuku Tsukishima
2. “Can’t you be in love without determining your future first?” -Yuuko Harada
3. “Don’t expect perfection at first.” -Shirou Nishi
4. “The dense one is me, isn’t it?” -Shizuku
5. “I don’t understand. Tell me clearly!” -Sugimura
6. “I think it’s nice to have someone who feels the same way about you, you know… We’re all studying for entrance exams, and if we could cheer each other on to try hard…that kind of thing.” -Yuuko
7. “There are tons of people who are just as good as me.” -Seiji Amasawa
8. “I don’t want to be a burden! I want to be useful!” -Shizuku Tsukishima
9. “Quit the racket! Harada, you’re too worried about your freckles.” -Kousaka
10. “Shut up, already! Mr. Bench Warmer!” -Shizuku
11. “That’s right! She made me take some miso, you know. Was it heavy! I still remember.” -Shiho
12. “One person stays the same and the other keeps getting farther and farther ahead.” -Shizuku
13. “You weren’t just a baseball nut.” -Shizuku
14. “Lady Shizuku, great master poet, we shall tease no more, so please show us.” -Yuuko
15. “God, you really are dense, aren’t you! Yuuko’s in love with you!” -Shizuku
16. “Do you hate me? Are you going out with some guy?” -Sugimura
17. “Why do we change, I wonder? Like me… Even though I was always such a meek, gentle girl.” -Shizuku
18. “You know, you read too many books.” -Seiji
19. “I like the one you just sang, but I like ‘Concrete Roads’ too.” -Seiji
20. “Shizuku, turn your lamp off like you’re supposed to. Yesterday you left it on.” -Shiho
21. “Last night, were you walking with a boy from another class?” -Yuuko
22. “Let’s go somewhere else.” -Shizuku
23. “They say the master is really strict, and he’ll see whether there’s any hope for me. And besides, I’ll find out whether my self-confidence can see me through.” -Seiji
24. “It’s nice, isn’t it? Your dream will come true.” -Shizuku
25. “I… After I’ve gone to Italy, I’ll sing that song of yours and try my best.” -Seiji
26. “Man, I’ve gone soft in the head.” -Shizuku
27. “That’s almost like saying goodbye forever.” -Yuuko
28. “You have talent too, don’t you? The juniors just love your ‘Country Roads’ translation. You’re not like me… You can speak your mind clearly.” -Yuuko
29. “Ha. ha. ha. And so, you went to the trouble… Yes, indeed. But there’s one condition.” -Nishi
30. “I’ve become very afraid of finding out whether or not I have had a beautiful crystal like this inside me. But I want to write. When I’ve written a story, I’ll be sure to show it to you first.” -Shizuku
Listen to the Whisper of the Heart music including “Take Me Home” and “Country Roads” by Yuji Nomi. In January 2020, there was an announcement to make the animated film into a live-action sequel by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
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