Uncle Iroh is one of the most loved characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender — a critically acclaimed animated series that has captivated audiences worldwide.

Whether you’ve seen it as a kid or as a grown-up, you definitely know how much the show has to offer in terms of action, adventure and life lessons.

Over the course of its three seasons, Uncle Iroh tries to help Prince Zuko grow into a better person. After he was exiled by the Fire Nation, the Prince’s search for the Avatar becomes fueled by rage. But Uncle Iroh is always there to guide him and offers priceless advice on how to continue his journey using more peaceful alternatives.

Uncle Iroh is a retired Fire Nation general who clearly has a passion for drinking tea. He is also a very wise man who can make even the simplest statement sound memorable, inspirational, and insightful. You can find many of his sayings in the list below. The show wouldn’t be the same without Uncle Iroh’s easy-going demeanor and unparalleled wisdom.

Here are 40 Funny and inspiring Uncle Iroh quotes about tea, light and helping others:

Uncle Iroh quotes about tea

Sharing tea with a fascinating stranger is one of life’s true delights.

I know you’re not supposed to cry over spilled tea, but it’s just so sad!

Sick of tea? That’s like being sick of breathing!

Ick! This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice!

So I was thinking about names for my new tea shop… how about… the Jasmine Dragon? It’s dramatic, poetic… has a nice ring to it.

You should know this is not a natural sickness. But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying tea.

You’re looking at the rare white dragon bush. Its leaves make a tea so delicious it’s heartbreaking! That, or it’s the white jade bush, which is poisonous.

Funny Uncle Iroh quotes

Who knew floating on a piece of driftwood for three weeks, with no food or water, and sea vultures waiting to pluck out your liver, could make one so tense!

At my age, there is really only one big surprise left, and I’d just as soon leave it a mystery.

It’s a lovely night for a walk. Why don’t you join me? It would clear your head. Or, just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.

Who would have thought that, after all these years, I would return to the scene of my greatest military disgrace… as a tourist!

Zuko, it’s time we had a talk…about your hair. It’s gone too far!

So this is how the great Commander Zhao acts in defeat? Disgraceful. Even in exile, my nephew is more honorable than you. Thanks again for the tea. It was delicious.

The only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren’t looking for at a great bargain!

Uncle Iroh quotes about helping others

Sometimes, the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.

While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.

You sound like my nephew. Always thinking you need to do things on your own without anyone’s support. There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you, help you.

Understanding others, the other elements, the other nations, will help you become whole.

Uncle Iroh inspirational quotes

There is nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is you want from your life.

Be careful what you wish for, admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects.

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again.

Good times become good memories, but bad times make good lessons.

It is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor.

It is important to draw wisdom from many different places.

Hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.

Sometimes life is like this tunnel. You can’t always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place.

It’s time for you to look inward and start asking yourself the big question: who are you and what do you want?

Destiny is a funny thing. You never know how things are going to work out.

Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.

Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.

Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?

Many things that seem threatening in the dark become welcoming when we shine light on them.

Is it your own destiny? Or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?

You have light and peace inside of you. If you let it out, you can change the world around you.

Even in the material world, you will find that if you look for the light, you can often find it. But if you look for the dark, that is all you will ever see.

Follow your passion and life will reward you.

There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons.

It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale.

Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.

You must never give into despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts.

I was never angry with you. I was sad, because I was afraid you’d lost your way.