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 BSoD during the Arlong storyline)
Luffy: NAMI! YOU'LL ALWAYS BE MY FRIEND!!!!!
after having demolished Arlong Park's tower in one blow
Mihawk: Lad, what is your goal?
Luffy: To be King of the Pirates!
Mihawk: (smirks) You tread a perilous path. Even more perilous than trying to surpass me.
Luffy: I don't care!!! That's what I'm going to be!!!
The two pirates discussing Luffy's dream during the Baratie arc, Chapter 52
Mihawk: I've found an interesting pirate. He reminded me of a story you told me long ago. About a boy in some little village... (holds up Luffy's first bounty poster)
(the Red-Hair Pirates light up on recognizing Luffy)
Shanks: (smirks) So you're here, Luffy.
(Dragon has just helped the Straw Hats escape from Smoker)
Dragon: (laughs) Heh heh... Go ahead... If that's your way.
Smoker: Why are you helping that guy, Dragon?!
Dragon: What reason would I have to get in the way of another man's voyage?
(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: Why did he laugh? Did he know he'd be rescued? That's not it!!! In that moment he accepted his fate. He saw his death, accepted it and laughed!! Soldier, did you ever see a pirate laugh right before his execution?
Random navy soldier: Laugh? When faced with certain death, every man trembles in fear, however tough he is.
Smoker: Well, that monkey laughed!!! Twenty-two years ago, another man laughed on that very spot. He was Gold Roger, King of the Pirates!!!
Smoker discussing Buggy's attempted execution of Luffy, Chapter 99
"When does a man die? Is it when he's shot in the heart with a pistol? No. When he's stricken with a deadly disease? No. When he eats a soup... made from a deadly mushroom? NO!!! It's when... he is forgotten!!! WHAT A LIFE IT WAS!!!! Thank you, Chopper."
Dr. Hiriluk's last words, Chapter 145
"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, Episode 102
"People's dreams don't ever end!"
Blackbeard to Luffy, on the ideals of pirates.
Sorry, I'm not interested... in joining a gang of third-rate bullies!
Nami refusing the offer to leave Luffy's crew for Bellamy's, Chapter 225
Nami: (to herself, in a panic) Oh no! Oh no! We've got to escape! Luffy, hurry up and defeat Eneru!! No, wait a minute! If we defeat Eneru, the ship will probably fall. But if we don't defeat him, Skypiea will be destroyed. But if we stay, we'll be taken away... (aloud, to Luffy) What do we do, Luffy?! We're...!
Luffy: (tosses Nami his hat) Quit your worrying!!
Nami: But...! But!
Luffy: You're a crewmember of the future king of the pirates... Stop looking so pathetic!!
Eneru: King of the pirates? In control of what kingdom?
Eneru: That's quite impressive... Let's finish our business here... in the sky!!
Zoro: ... Hey... cook? Lend me a hand for ten seconds.
Sanji: That should be enough time.
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) This is too much...!
Zoro: That's the burden of being a captain. Don't doubt yourself. If you start becoming unsure, who can we have faith in?!
Zoro's words to Luffy after his fight with Usopp, Chapter 333
Zoro: Whatever you do, Luffy, you better not kiss his butt and tell him how happy you are to see him again. I won't let him come back unless he apologizes for what he did! Whatever Luffy and Usopp were thinking of when they started arguing -who was right and who was wrong- that doesn't matter. When two men decide to have a duel, the only thing that matters is who wins. Usopp lost! And he left the ship on his own. Listen, all of you. This guy may be an idiot, but he's still the captain. We're better off without a crewmate who can't respect the captain when the going gets tough! A crew that doesn't respect their captain and a captain who doesn't deserve that respect is destined to fail! I don't care how much you screw around under normal circumstances, but you're still the captain, and you rank above me. If you don't act like a captain at a time like this, I'll be the next one to leave this group!
part of his What the Hell, Hero? speech on Usopp's rejoining, Chapter 438
Franky: You're not the one who'll be hurting them, right? The government people call your existence a crime, but no matter what weapon you've got, just being isn't a crime!! Existing is not a crime!!!''
Franky trying to reason with Robin against her sacrifice, chapter 475
Spandam: Are you crazy?! You really think that you can survive now that the entire world's your enemy?!
Luffy: BRING IT ON! Robin!! I still haven't heard it from your lips. Say that you want to live!
Robin: Live? I didn't think I could wish for that... No one ever allowed me to wish it... If it's really okay to make a little wish... I... I WANT TO LIVE! TAKE ME TO SEA TO WITH YOU!!!
(Usopp having just burnt down the World Government flag.)
Spandam: YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! YOU MORONS CAN'T CHALLENGE THE ENTIRE WORLD AND EXPECT TO WIN!
Sanji: I won't run away. I won't let you kill me. And I sure as heck won't go easy on you!!
to Jabra before using Diablo Jambe for the first time, Chapter 415
Brook:I don't think he will forgive us for having dying so irresponsibly. But after coercing him into agreeing to such a selfish pact, one that we ended up being unable to fulfill in this faraway place, I can't just die hoping to be forgiven! Because when a man promises to return, he must return!!!''
Brook explaining to Franky why he continues to live, Chapter 459
Zoro: I understand. I'll give you a head. But there's a catch. Take my head instead!! Please settle for that!!! I can't say I'm as famous as Luffy, but if you consider that someday I would've been the world's best swordsman, it can't be too much of a loss to you!!
Kuma: ...You have that much ambition, and yet, you would give up your life to save this one?
Zoro: The way I see it, that's the only way to save the rest of my crew!!! What good is ambition if I can't even save the life of my own captain? Luffy... is the man who will become the king of the pirates!!!
when talking to Kuma on Thriller Bark, begging him to spare Luffy's life, Chapter 485
Sanji: What's with all this blood?!! Hey! Are you alive?! Where'd he go?! What happened here?!
Zoro: Nothing... at all!
during Thriller Bark, moments after Zoro has absorbed all of Luffy's pain and fatigue (page image on Made of Iron), Chapter 485
"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 were 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.
"The flower of friendship can bloom even in hell. Now the petals of that flower will be scattered upon the rolling bosom of the sea. One day I will make that flower bloom again. May we meet again as soon as possible."
Bon Kurei right before his Heroic Sacrifice, chapter 548
"Doesn't matter who you're born to... Everyone's still a child of the sea!!"
Donquixote Doflamingo: Are the pirates the bad guys?! Is the Navy the good guys?! Things like that change with the seasons!! Kids who've never known peace and kids who've never known war have completely different ideas of right and wrong! It's the job of those at the top to decide what's good and what's evil! Right now, it could go either way! Justice will prevail?! Of course it will!! Because the side of justice... will be whichever side wins!
It's not his powers or techniques. He possesses some quality that makes people want to help him. And in these waters... that is the most formidable power of all!!
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!!!
"THE ONE PIECE...!! THE ONE PIECE IS REAL!!!"
Whitebeard's dying words, Episode 485
"Hey Luffy! Don't lose!! The next time we meet, I'll do whatever a great cook can to help you become king of the pirates! I'll even endure 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 way! We're Pirates! I love heroes, but I don't wanna be one! Do you even know what a hero is? Let's say there's a bunch of meat!. Pirates have feasts and eat meat, but heroes give the meat to other people! I want to eat the meat!"
Luffy's response when Jimbei asks him to be the hero of Fishman Island, chapter 634
"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.
Chapter 654: The Strawhats entering the New World with smiles on their face.
The weak do not have the right to choose how they die.
Trafalgar Law to Tashigi, Chapter 662
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 his 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 always 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, chapter 690
Law: Its been two years now...since the War on Marineford. Tell me... Did anyone actually accomplish anything? All you did was maintain the status quo. And Whitebeard? All he did was bring an end to the era. The Navy regrouped and bolstered its strength... But none of the big players have taken action. Its like everyone has been holding their breath. Just preparing. That war was only a beginning. It was a prologue. You always told me that it was coming. That a new era would arrive. Born along by an unstoppable tide. The age of the Daring ones. Here we are Joker. I opened the gate. The gears are broken. There is no turning back.... for anyone.
The dub version of the above speech
Usopp: Did you just say what I think you said?! You dare to slander my own captain to my face?! Sure, if he was the type to betray us, things might have been easier! We might wanna tuck our tails between our legs and run. But he never, ever fails to believe in our strength as a group until it breaks our own backs! Which means we step up and meet his hopes for as long as our lives hold out!!! Just watch. Caesar's the kind of man Luffy hates the most!! Luffy will never forgive Caesar for this!!!.
In Punk Hazard, when Caesar is revealed to his workers to be really heartless and will sacrifice his own men on a whim, chapter 691
Sanji: A man forgives a woman's lies.
Doflamingo: It was Fujitora. He's a real idiot, Otsuru. That was your final chance! If he had sided with me and helped crush those kids, it wouldn't have come to this. I was the one holding the reins! The reins on all the monsters in this world! You shouldn't have taken me down. Mark my words. You will rue this mistake!
Tsuru: Don't give me this pathetic claptrap. The play-pretend world where "this and that" might have happened does not exist. The only reality is the result of what happened. And you lost.
Doflamingo: [laughs] Oh, there's no getting the best of you, is there?
Tsuru: It takes a thief to know a thief. What happens to the world of pirates now?
Doflamingo: Let me turn that question back on you. What do you think happens to monsters when they've lost their food and the leash is gone... ? Is there anyone standing atop this sea now?! Who rules this stretch of water?! Is it one of the Four Emperors of the sea?! Perhaps the Seven Warlords, who use their trickery to get by?! Maybe those brats in the Worst Generation?! But then there're the forces of justice... The Navy reigns supreme! And the Revolutionary Army, the will of the people, is stocked with fighters to be reckoned with! And the people of "D." who have smoldered away beneath the currents of history... When will they show themselves, and where?! Who will aid whom?! Who will betray whom?! You tell those Celestial Dragons in Marijoa! You will be dragged from your lofty perch!!! It's been 25 years since Gold Roger became the first man to conquer the Grand Line!! His rival Whitebeard sat before the throne but never upon it! And what about now?! The number of pirates has swelled, but there's still just the one seat, sitting empty!! Do you see where I'm going with this? This is going to kick off the biggest battle for power in the history of piratekind!!!
Donquixote Doflamingo warning the Navy about the Throne Wars, chapter 801
No matter what should befall us, we would never sell a comrade to an enemy!
Catviper displaying his loyalty to Kozuki, chapter 816
LIFE... OR TREAT?
Charlotte Linlin, deranged with hunger
But even more than the imminent meeting of world leaders, the people of the world buzzed with news of the young pirate Straw Hat Luffy, who dared to confront Big Mom, the Emperor of the sea whose supremacy had gone unchallenged for decades. That according to reliable sources, Straw Hat Luffy already had seven powerful pirate crews under his sway, combining the authority of a captain with over 5,000 followers, the notoriety of brotherhood with both Ace and the No. 2 of the revolutionaries, Sabo. The extreme extraordinary charisma and leadership to assume impromptu command over the formidable trio of the army of evil Germa 66, the Pirates of the Sun and the Fire Tank Pirates, the calculated strategic brilliance to execute the destruction of the queen's castle, and the strength to defeat her officers worth 800 million and one billion berries, the result of this incident was clear to all. Straw Hat Luffy... was victorious!! It was the arrival of the Fifth Emperor of the sea!!
Narrator of Chapter 903
What king was that, boy?
Kaido after knocking out Luffy in a single blow after he made his King of the Pirates declaration.
"Twenty years have passed since the death of my father, Kozuki Oden!!! I'm so glad that you have survived these long difficult years!!! The Fire Festival is not ending!! Starting tomorrow, you may do whatever business you like!! You may drink to your heart's content!! You will not pay for the water from the earth!! No poison from factories will be allowed to spoil the land!! There will be no slaves in Wano!! Orochi's wicked rule...and the threat of Kaido are gone for good!!! We found strong, faithful companions at sea...and as part of the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance...we led a raid upon Onigashima!! Kaido! Orochi! The Animal Kingdom Pirates!! Every evil that plagues our fair land...has been vanquished!!! And we will never forget the sacrifices of those brave souls to paved the way for this raid!!! (...) My...My father gave me a name that means 'invincible'!! Under my rule, this parched and ruined land will turn into a paradise on Earth!!! Lend me your strength, and let us work toward this end together!!! I have travelled 20 years to save you all!!! From this day on...I, KOZUKI MOMONOSUKE, WILL LEAD THE LAND OF WANO!!!"
The new shogun, Kozuki Momonosuke, declaring the birth of a new Wano, chapter 1051.