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It’s not always easy to see the good in people. In some people, you might even doubt that it’s there at all. But if you can somehow, find a way to believe…sometimes that’s all it takes to help someone, to give them the strength to find the good in themselves

My mom said that when you become a parent, you understand for the first time what a parent feels. But you really need to understand… what you really shouldn’t forget…is what you felt like as a child… If you really remember how you felt when you were a child, even when you’re an adult or parent, then you can understand each other. Even if it’s not 100%, you can meet each other halfway…she said.

I also believe that.’ I want to take any memory and hold it in my heart…and believe that someday…we’ll overcome the pain…and we’ll have precious memories.

The scariest and the most painful thing is to be hated by someone you truly love.

Sometimes living can be hard! But it’s only because we’re alive that we can make each other laugh, cry, and be happy!

As long as you live things will keep happening! As long as you’re alive wishes will keep being made!

My happiness comes from the kindness of those around me.

My mom told me, it's better to trust people than to doubt them. She said that people aren't born with kind hearts. When we're born, all we have are desires for food and material things. Selfish instincts, I guess. But she said that kindness is something that grows inside of each person's body, but it's up to us to nurture that kindness in our hearts. That's why kindness is different for every person.

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.

We’re searching for a reason of existence. With our own strength, because maybe the truth is that there’s no reason for life from the very beginning. Everyone hopes and tries so hard to find a reason of existence. The reason of birth, of staying with someone, of existence, believing we have to find them all with our own hands. Like finding a place for ourselves in dreams, in jobs, in people. The reasons we conclude may be indefinite and fragile. We may lose it too, but even so, we want a reason. As long as I’m alive, I want it too. If possible, I want to find a reason of existence within a person, within someone.

(to Kyo) If you think of someone’s good qualities as the umeboshi in an onigiri, it’s as if their qualities are stuck to their back! People around the world are like onigiri. Everyone has an umeboshi with a different shape and color and flavor. But because it’s stuck on their back, they might not be able to see their umeboshi.

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(to Ritsu) I don't think anyone is born with a reason to live. It's something you have to find for yourself.

(to Isuzu about Kyo) I say...I want to protect all members of the Zodiac. That I want to set them free...But that's just...a lie I've been telling myself...! I've been hiding from...my true feelings. Hiding from the truth...like a coward...I...I...just...don't want...anyone or anything...not the Sohma Family...or the Curse...to take Kyo-kun away from me! Because Kyo-kun...is the most precious person in my life! (Chapter 114)

(to Kyo) It's true, leaving everyone...will be quite sad. If you left me behind, Kyo-kun...that would be so much worse. I always want to...be by your side. I don't want to be separated from you. I don't want to sit here waiting for you. So please-take me with you. (Chapter 135)

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(to Yuki) 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.

(about Kyo) He can be awkward sometimes, yes, but I think he has a gentle heart. He knows what it feels like to be sorry. And he's an honest person. (Season 1, Episode 2)

(to Kisa's Mother) She couldn’t tell you. It’s hard to tell someone that you’re being bullied. I couldn’t tell my mom, either. She found out after a while, though. For some reason, I started apologizing like crazy. I felt so ashamed. I started to feel ashamed of myself for being bullied. And I was embarrassed to let my mom find out. I was scared she wouldn’t love me anymore. I was scared… …to let people know about this part of myself. I desperately tried to hide it by pretending I was okay. That made me feel even more ashamed… and embarrassed. So when my mom said, “It’s okay,” I was so relieved. She said that there was nothing to be embarrassed about, and I cried again, this time in relief. Kisa-san might also feel this way. She didn’t want you to hate her. She couldn’t tell you because she loves you. (Season 1, Episode 18)

(to Kazuma) But... But Kyo, he's still alive, and he's free. Living "outside". Except, I heard... that's going to change not long from now. That's what Akito said when we talked. After high school, Kyo will be locked away. Yuki and others will be going back to the Soma estate. All the zodiac members will be reunited, for good. They're destined to be together forever. With Akito as the master of their hearts and souls. If all that's true, and the curse is binding them to the future Akito told me about... ...then I wanna find a way to stop it. I wanna break the curse. That's why I came here. If you know something, anything that might help set them free, I'm begging you to tell me. (Season 2, Episode 11)

(to Kureno) Here. It has her contact information. Accepting it doesn't mean you have to get in touch with her But who knows? You might feel different about it tomorrow. (Season 2, Episode 16)

(about Kyo) It's strange. He can unsettle me... or make me happy... ...with just a few. (Season 2, Episode 17)

{{QuoteSmall|(to Kyo) Well I was wondering. What would you think if there was somebody in the Zodiac who was different? Whose curse had... broken? (Season 3, Episode 2)

(to Kyo) Wow. That was so thoughtless of me. I'm really sorry. (Season 3, Episode 2)

(About Kyo) What now? What should I do? I don't want to upset him. But If I look up, I'm afraid I'll cry. (Season 3, Episode 2)

(Voiceover) "Once upon a time, there was a certain person who had lived high on top of a mountain. They had been alone for many long years. Though isolated at the summit they knew that many people lived at the foot of the mountain and yet they still remained alone. They were separate, other. They knew their incomparable power, immeasurable life and boundless memory made them different from the people below. In truth they were afraid of people. They were afraid of being judged, of being hurt. And they were afraid of themselves, for having such great power yet being so different. Then, one day a cat paid a visit to the mountain. They were bewildered by the appearance of this unexpected caller, but the cat bowed its head respectfully and said, ‘I have been observing you for some time. You are a deeply mysterious personage. I can not help but feel drawn to you. I am a mere stray cat but I pray that you will allow me to stay by your side. Please O’ God.’ The cat was faithful to its word and never left the person’s side, not even for a moment. This made God very happy and from the Cat’s companionship was born an idea, a possibility. ‘Perhaps’ God thought, ‘Those who are also unlike humans would be willing to be my friends. If they understand how I feel, perhaps we could enjoy a banquet together.’ And so God wrote many, many invitations, and sent them out into the world. In time, twelve creatures arrived, come to the mountain to see God. Thus it began, God and the thirteen animals held banquet after banquet gathering whenever the moon shone. They sang, they danced and God learned what it was to laugh aloud. The moon silently watched over these banquets, shared by those who are different from others. But then one night the cat collapsed. Its natural lifespan was running out. There was nothing to be done and the animals began to cry and they realized, it wasn’t just the Cat. Eventually, they would all die and the banquets would end. No matter how joyous they’d been, no matter how precious they would end. But then, God chanted the words of a spell, and traced a circle around a saké cup’s rim. Bringing the liquid to the dying Cat’s mouth, God fed it a sip from the cup. Then turning to the others, said, ‘Here and now, I make the bonds between us eternal. Even after we die, we shall remain connected and tied to one another. No matter how many times we die and are reborn, our banquets will continue just like this. We shall be eternal and unchanging. Friends forever as we were meant to be.’ God’s guests all nodded firmly, and the Rat sipped from the oath cup. The Ox followed and then the Tiger, Rabbit and the rest in order, sealing their vow. But as the final animal, the Boar, finished drinking, the Cat began to weep feebly, ‘God, O God, why did you make me drink from that cup? I neither need nor want eternity.’ Those softly spoken words echoed loudly. To God and the other animals they were a rejection. Saddened by the Cat’s pronouncement, they rebuked and admonished their fellow guest. Still the cat continued ‘God, O God, Things must end. We are mortal. Let us accept these truths, scary and lonely though they are. I count it a blessing to have been with you for even a moment. If we do meet again in the cycle of death and rebirth. I hope it is not only by moonlight. I would like to know what your smile looks like illuminated by the sun. I would like to be there when you smile, not only among us, but among humans, too.’ With a final flick of its tail, the Cat fell down and died. There it lay, disregarded by the others, who were preoccupied by the perceived betrayal. Some time later, the other animals began to die, one by one. Eventually the Dragon’s time came. With it’s passing God was alone once more, and then, at long last God’s death came as well. But strengthened by their promise, and knowing this end would lead to a new beginning, God was unafraid. ‘I’ll hold another banquet and another. I’ll hold banquet after banquet, an eternal series of gatherings, forever unchanging. I may be lonely now but I won’t despair because everyone is waiting for me on the other side of that promise.’ Words spoken in the long distant past, lost in the years that followed. The original memory, forgotten by everyone. The original promise.” (Season 3, Episode 11)

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