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30 Best Quotes from Whisper of the Heart

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

yoko honna whisper of the heart
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

3. “Don’t expect perfection at first.” -Shirou Nishi

4. “The dense one is me, isn’t it?” -Shizuku

shizuku in school uniform
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

yoko honna writing story
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

shizuku walking uphill
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

9. “Quit the racket! Harada, you’re too worried about your freckles.” -Kousaka

10. “Shut up, already! Mr. Bench Warmer!” -Shizuku

baseball player
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

yoko honna whisper of the heart
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

yuuko and shizuku at library
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

15. “God, you really are dense, aren’t you! Yuuko’s in love with you!” -Shizuku

shizuku upset whisper of the heart
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

shizuku sitting beside gray cat
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

18. “You know, you read too many books.” -Seiji

19. “I like the one you just sang, but I like ‘Concrete Roads’ too.” -Seiji

shizuku and seiji
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

yuuko and shizuku with classmates
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

shizuku and seiji with musicians
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

seiji proposing to shizuku whisper of the heart
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

26. “Man, I’ve gone soft in the head.” -Shizuku

27. “That’s almost like saying goodbye forever.” -Yuuko

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Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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

nishi and shizuku eating by fireplace
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Studio Ghibli

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.

Watch Whisper of the Heart alongside other Studio Ghibli classics on HBO Max!

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