Quotes / One Piece

Notable quotes from the One Piece anime and manga series:

Destiny... fate... dreams... These unstoppable ideals are held deep in the heart of man. As long as there are people who seek freedom in this life, these things will not vanish from the earth.
"King of the Pirates" Gold Roger

(Luffy and Zoro have just defeated Helmeppo and Axe-Hand Morgan)
Luffy: Nice, Zoro.
Zoro: It was no trouble, Captain.

Nami: Luffy... help me.
(To Luffy, moments after her Heroic B.S.O.D. during the Arlong storyline)


Mihawk: Youngster, what is your goal?
Luffy: Pirate King!
Mihawk: (smirks) That is a path of incomparable danger. Even more difficult than to surpass me.
Luffy: I don't care. I will become one anyway!
The two pirates discussing Luffy's dream during the Baratie arc, Chapter 52

Mihawk: I met some interesting pirates. And that reminds me of that story you told me a long time ago. About one interesting kid from a little village. (holds up Luffy's first bounty poster)
Shanks: ...
(the Red-Hair Pirates light up on recognizing Luffy)
Shanks: (smirks) So you've come, Luffy!
Chapter 96

(Dragon has just helped the Straw Hats escape from Smoker)
Dragon: (laughs) Go! It is your destiny!
Smoker: Why are you helping them, Dragon?
Dragon: What is your reason for stopping them?
Chapter 100

(a little girl has just bumped into Smoker and spilled her ice cream on his pants)
Smoker: Sorry... it seems my pants ate your ice cream. (gives her money) Buy yourself five scoops this time.

Smoker: (thinking, about Luffy) Why did he smile...? Why? Did he know he would be saved? No. In that instant, he must have understood that his life was going to end. Death. He accepted it. He was fully prepared for it and smiled.

"When does a man die? Does he die when he's been shot? No. Does he die when he's ravaged with disease? No. Does he die when he's been poisoned? NO! A man dies when, and only when, he is FORGOTTEN! Even when I pass on, my dream will come true! The hearts of the people will be cured...! THIS HAS TRULY BEEN A WONDERFUL LIFE! THANK YOU, CHOPPER!"
Dr. Hiriluk

"What does 'teamwork' really mean anyway? Is it just about rescuing and protecting each other? There are people who believe that. But to me, that just sounds like kids playing around. Everyone should do what they can with their lives on the line, and then say to the next guy: 'I did what I could. Now it's your turn. If you don't finish it, I'll come kick your ass!' Isn't that how teamwork first comes about? When I look at it that way, I think it's okay to have nakama that are wild and independent."
Zoro explaining the crew's dynamic to the then-newly-joined Chopper during the Alabasta arc

"A man's dream will never die!"
Blackbeard to Luffy, on the ideals of pirates.

I'm sorry... for me to join a team filled with small fries like you will be a waste of my talents!
Nami refusing the offer to leave Luffy's crew for Bellamy's, Chapter 225

Bellamy: (to Luffy) Can you fight? Can you even throw a punch?
(cue One-Hit KO moments later)

(Skypiea arc, chapter 280, during the fight with Eneru on board the Maxim)
Nami: (to herself, in a panic) This is bad! I can't escape like this! Luffy, hurry up and take down Eneru! Wait... what if the ship falls from the sky when Eneru gets defeated? No, if we don't stop Eneru, the Sky Island will be gone for good! What should I do?! (aloud, to Luffy) What should we do, Luffy? We...
Luffy: (tosses Nami his hat) Quit yapping!
Nami: But...
Luffy: You are the future Pirate King's friend, so stop being such a worrier!
Eneru: Pirate King? What country does he rule?
Eneru: That doesn't sound half bad... Let's finish this in the sky.

Zoro: ... Hey, cook. Give me a hand for 10 seconds.
Sanji: That sounds like the right amount.
The Vitriolic Best Buds about to get serious during the Groggy Ring game, Chapter 311

Don't start a fight you can't finish.
Sanji's Pre Ass Kicking One Liner to the Franky Family

(Luffy has just fought Usopp over the Going Merry's fate)
Luffy: (on the verge of crying) It's heavy...
Zoro: That is a captain's burden. Don't hesitate. Who are we going to rely on if you falter?

Zoro: Whatever the thoughts were in Luffy and Usopp's argument, and no matter who was correct, as long as the two decided to fight, the outcome was entrusted to the match. In the end, (Usopp) lost... and left us. (taps Luffy on the head) Listen, guys. Even though (Luffy)'s such an idiot, he is our captain. It's better not to have someone who cannot pay due respect to him when there's something in our crew...! A crew whose captain has lost his dignity will surely collapse!!! (to Luffy) It's none of my business that you usually joke around, but if you humiliate yourself yet still want to claim any pretense of being my leader, THEN I WILL BE THE ONE TO LEAVE THE CREW THIS TIME!!!
part of his What the Hell, Hero? speech on Usopp's rejoining, Chapter 438

Franky: Aren't you the one being hurt? The government says your existence is a crime, but no matter what kind of weapons you may hold, just being alive isn't a sin! THERE'S NO CRIME IN LIVING!!!''
Franky trying to reason with Robin against her sacrifice.

Spandam: What have you done?! Do you really think you can survive with the entire world as your enemy?!?!
Luffy: YOU WANNA BET?!?! Robin, I haven't heard you say it. I want to hear it from your mouth... SAY YOU WANNA LIVE!!
Robin: Live... I thought wishing for it was forbidden... Nobody would allow me that... If... If I'm allowed to declare my one selfish wish... Then I... I WANNA LIVE! TAKE ME BACK TO SEA TO WITH YOU!!!
Chapter 398

Luffy declaring war against the World Government.

Sanji: I don't intend to run, I don't intend to be killed, I don't intend to forgive you.
to Jabra before using Diablo Jambe for the first time

Brook:I don't think he would forgive us for having died irresponsibly and because of our selfish promise would yell into the skies if he could... That death isn't an apology...!!! Because a man once said...!!! That they absolutely would come back!!!''
Brook explaining to Franky why he continues to live.

Zoro: However in exchange! Please take my head instead of his! This I ask of you! It may not be worth as much right now, but this is the head of the man who will be the world's greatest swordsman! Surely thats enough! If you can't even protect your captain, then your ambition is WORTHLESS!! Luffy will be the King of The Pirates!!!
when talking to Kuma on Thriller Bark, begging him to spare Luffy's life

Sanji: What the hell happened here?!
Zoro: What, this? Nothing at all...
during Thriller Bark, moments after Zoro has absorbed all of Luffy's pain and fatigue (page image on Made of Iron)

"One may stray from the path of a man, one may stray from the path of a woman, but there is no straying from the path of a HUMAN!"
Bon Kurei, an okama.

"Because we’re friends. There is no need for another reason"
Bon Kurei on why he is risking himself trying to help Luffy rescue Ace from Impel Down.

"Even in the depths of hell, the flower of friendship shall bloom, flames licking at its stem and on the sands of the river where souls part from the living, it sheds a solitary petal, leaving it behind as a memento. So let us vow that we shall make it bloom again someday..."
Bon Kurei right before his Heroic Sacrifice

"Doesn't matter who you're born to... Everyone's still a child of the sea!!"

Donquixote Doflamingo: Pirates are evil? The Marines are righteous? These terms have always changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and kids who have never seen war have different values! Those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course it will! Whoever wins this war... becomes justice!
Chapter 556

It's not some kind of special power, but he (Luffy) has the ability to make allies of everyone he meets. And that is the most fearsome power on these high seas!
Mihawk, on seeing Luffy's fighting force of friends and past foes at Marineford. Chapter 561

They think that... something so trivial... can kill me... I need no assistance... I... I am... I! AM! WHITEBEARD!!!
Whitebeard demonstrating how much of a Made of Iron Determinator Badass Grandpa he is, right before he sweeps aside the marines who had the gall to try and stop him.

Whitebeard's Famous Last Words, Episode 485

"If I'm able to meet you again, I'll give you the world's best support as a cook, so that you'll be able to become Pirate King! I'll survive this hell!!!"
Sanji makes his pledge to support Luffy while on Kamabakka Island prior to the Time Skip, Chapter 595

Luffy: You won't get your way with the seas, or my friends, CAUSE I WON'T LET YOU!!!
to Shiki right before he defeats him

"Hero? No! We're Pirates! I love heroes, but I don't wanna be one! Do you know what heroes are? Say there is a chunk of meat. Pirates will have a banquet and eat it. But heroes will share it with other people. I want all the meat!"
Luffy's response when Jinbe asks him to be the hero of Fishman Island

"Listen up! A hero is someone who shares his booze to everyone. I want all the booze!"
Zoro, expressing his lament of being called a hero by Shirahoshi, in the vein of Luffy's quote above

Usopp: The weather is terrible!!
Brook: Yohoho~~ The sky is pouring!!
Robin: The wind is blowing strong!
Franky: The sea is crashing!!
Nami: The compass' needle is all over the place!!
Chopper: The sea looks red!!
Sanji: A surging sea of flames!!
Zoro: It looks like the entrance to hell.
Luffy: PERFECT!!!!
Chapter 654: The Strawhats entering the New World with smiles on their face.

Weaklings don't get to choose how they die.
Trafalgar Law to Tashigi

Trafalgar Law: It's been two years since the Paramount War!!! And who exactly has been moving events? You've done nothing more than maintain peace and tranquility. Whitebeard only left a mark on our times. Navy Headquarters has bolstered itself with new strength!!! None of the other big players have acted...as though they've only been preparing!! That war was nothing more than a prologue. Like you've said, a new age is coming with unmatched power... An age of the daring and mighty!!! Well, now I've destroyed the gears!! And no one can turn back!!!
In Punk Hazard to Donquixote Doflamingo

Usopp: Don't you dare... insult my captain in front of me. He would never even think of betraying us, no matter how much easier it would make things...! There were times when all I could think about was running away with tail between my legs... But no matter what he has to do... what hardships he has to overcome... He puts his absolute faith in us, and we reciprocate in kind! So we gladly risks our lives, since he does the same without a second thought! Watch carefully! Guys like Caesar... They make Luffy's blood boil! Luffy... will make Caesar pay.
In Punk Hazard, when Caesar is revealed to his workers to be really heartless and will sacrifice his own men on a whim

Sanji: A man forgives a woman's lies.

Doflamingo: Fujitora. He's an idiot, Tsuru-san. It was his last chance. If he had sided with me and helped me get rid of all those brats, it wouldn't have ended up like this. I was holding the reins. The reins to the monsters of the world. You shouldn't have taken me down. I'm sure you people will regret this.
Tsuru: Don't say such pathetic crap. There is no "If." It's crazy to even think about it. This outcome is the only reality. You lost.
Doflamingo: [laughs] Oh, how can I best you?
Tsuru: The wolf knows what the ill beast thinks. What do you think will happen to the world of pirates?
Doflamingo: To answer your question with another question, who do you think the unleashed monsters who lost the "food" I supplied them will do? Is there anyone who is at the top of the ladder in all the seas now? Who's ruling all the seas? Is it one of the Four Emperors of the sea? Or the Seven Warlords who cleverly live out in the seas? Or the brats from the Worst Generation? No... The Navy, the military forces of justice, is conquering the seas! There are some strong members who we must keep an eye on, in the Revolutionary Army, the ally of the people. The family of "D." have been hiding in the shadow of history. When and where are they gonna show themselves?! Who's gonna side with who?! Who's gonna betray who?! Tell the Celestial Dragons in the Holy Land of Mariejois that they will be dragged down! It's been 25 years since Gold Roger fully explored the whole Grand Line. His archenemy, Whitebeard, didn't sit on the throne, but just sit in front of it and took the reins. What about now? The number of pirates is ballooning and there's one seat that's totally empty! You know what I mean, don't you? It will start! The biggest battle for supremacy yet in the history of pirates!
Donquixote Doflamingo warning the Marines about the Throne Wars

Even if it meant the country's demise, we will never rat out our friends to the kingdom's enemy!

Charlotte Linlin, deranged with hunger