Naruto: Shippuden – Pain quotes and underlying context

Naruto Shippuden is the second series of Naruto anime. Unlike the first series, Naruto is now older and has new teachers to help him through his adventure. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is told in two parts – the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens.

Pain from Naruto: Shippuden

Pain from Naruto Shippuden

He is the most interesting and philosophical villain from Naruto Shippuden. His philosophy makes a lot of sense. Now you may not agree with how he went about trying to achieve his goal, but his philosophy was correct.

He is my favorite villain in Naruto Shippuden because of his philosophy, but also because of his leadership. He is terrifying, calculative, menacing, and also, he had the best voice of any character in Naruto dubbed. In my opinion, His dialogues are the best in the series because they made the viewers look at both the heroes’ and villains’ actions and compare them. Once you compare them, you would recognize that both of their actions are quite similar; the only difference is one would say that it’s for “justice” while the other is doing it because he or she is “evil” and doing it in spite.

The Original state of Nagato in Naruto Shippuden
The original state of Nagato

Nagato begins to call himself Pain in Naruto Shippuden as he becomes more and more unhinged and begins to look at what he wants to accomplish. He calls himself Pain for one very simple reason: he believes that pain is the way forward into a world of peace.

Best Pain Quotes from Naruto: Shippuden

Unsurprisingly, most of the best Pain quotes are about pain itself. His best quotes reflect his ultimate goals. Every word he speaks throughout the series is a thought-provoking message and worth sharing. This article will list the best Quotes from the Nauto Shippuden anime series.

“I want you to feel pain, think about pain, know pain and accept pain.”

Feel, think, know and accept the pain!
Feel, think, know and accept the pain!

If Pain was a religious leader or life coach, this would be the philosophy he would want his followers to understand to become enlightened to his way of thinking. He doesn’t want people to only think about pain; he wants them to put it into action so that others can feel it as well. Also, he wants everyone to physically feel the kind of pain that he thinks the world is responsible for inflicting on each other so that they understand it and accept it as a part of life.

Pain is what helps you grow. You need to feel and understand the pain to grow. Accept your circumstances and embrace the pain that you are feeling. Every great lesson only comes after a good amount of struggle.

“You think you’re the only ones who matter, You think you can put off death” – Naruto: Shippuden

No matter how far ahead in life you are, it’s foolish to think that the world revolves around you. No matter how much power you gain, some things just cannot be changed, death being one of them. It will eventually come for you and at that time, all the riches, wealth, and power that you acquired will mean nothing.

You think you’re the only ones who matter. You think you can put off death. But that peace made you foolish and thoughtless. If you kill someone, someone else will kill you… this hatred binds us together.

“Just by living, people hurt others without even realizing it. So long as humanity exists, hate will also exist.”

Six Paths of Pain  in Naruto Shippuden
Six Paths of Pain

Just by living, people hurt others, without even realizing it. So long as humanity exists, hate will also exist. There is no peace in this cursed world. War is just a crime, paid for by the pain of the defeated.

We are always making moves and taking decisions that affect the people around us. So intentionally, or unintentionally, we are always making changes in not just our but others’ lives as well. These changes may not always work in their favor. So as long as humans and humanity exist, we are bound to hurt others.

If people don’t take the time to consider the pain they might be unintentionally causing others, that pain will always exist in the form of war and hatred.

“When I had nothing and no one, I always had pain.”

This is part of the reason why this philosophy surrounding pain works so well. Yes, loving people and having attachments to a way of life or a family or friends can lead to pain through the loss of those things. 

But everyone feels pain, regardless of whether they have those kinds of relationships or not. Being alone causes its kind of pain. It’s especially an interesting idea considering the characters of Naruto, who grew up experiencing the pain of not having parents, a family, or friends.

“Religion, ideology, resources, land, spite, love or just because, No matter how pathetic the reason, it’s enough to start a war.”

Featuring Image of Pain and Naruto - Naruto Shippuden
Featuring Image of Pain and Naruto from Naruto: Shippuden

Pain feels a lot of contempt for humanity because they are constantly fighting with each other. As he mentions in this quote, people don’t need much of an excuse to go to war with each other. Wars have never been fought for good reasons. They happened just to establish superiority, to gain power, and amass wealth; all selfish motives.

In his mind, it’s the natural state of humankind to want to feel hatred and want to cause pain to others. And no matter what reason lies behind war, it is not enough to justify the suffering it causes.

 “Love breeds sacrifice, which in turn breeds hatred, Then you can know pain.”

It’s also a cynical view of the concept of love. You only know the value of love when you have lost it. You only know the value of your loved ones when they’re gone. And then, you feel the pain that hits you hard and changes you. It takes a lot of you to get back to who you were, but you are never the same.

Many people view love and bonds with others as strengths, but some feel that they’re a detriment to people and cause pain via jealousy or loss. In Pain’s way, he believes in the concept of love because he believes that everyone should know and understand pain. Yet, he’s also not necessarily thinking of love as a positive force.

“If you don’t share someone’s pain, you can never understand them.”

If you don't share someone's pain, you can never understand them.
If you don’t share someone’s pain, you can never understand them.

Unless you share someone’s pain, you can never understand them. If you love them, you will always be there with them, and by sharing the pain, your bond will only become stronger.

Just like the show, So many of the characters carry around their particular burdens that they sometimes choose to share with others and other times keep locked away inside themselves. Part of Naruto’s arc is learning to share his pain and to understand the things that cause pain in others. That’s why he and Sasuke both come to blows and share such a close relationship.

“Justice comes from vengeance but justice only breeds more vengeance.”

This is a pretty astute observation about the nature of vengeance, especially coming from someone who is out to avenge humanity as a whole, to cause a whole lot of turmoil and death to achieve the goals that he thinks will bring peace.

Vengeance solves nothing but creates additional challenges. It is satisfying for a few minutes, but nothing has changed. You can’t go back in time and alter the course of your history. Time can heal all wounds but only if you don’t reopen them.

“Pain is the way to bring peace.” – Naruto: Shippuden

Pain is a way to bring peace!
Pain is a way to bring peace!

This is something of the crux of Pain’s philosophy about how to bring peace to the world. He believes that people cause each other harm because they don’t understand the harm that they’re causing. If they’ve never felt pain themselves, they won’t understand how to not cause others pain.

Pain is an inescapable part of life. You will go through sorrow and suffering. However, the pain eventually brings you peace as it subsides and you start moving on from it.

“Sometimes you must hurt in order to know, fall in order to grow, lose in order to gain because life’s greatest struggle is through the pain.”

Naruto vs. Six Paths of Pain - Naruto Shippuden
Naruto Vs. Six Paths of Pain in Naruto: Shippuden

This is not a terrible piece of advice, though Pain’s reasons for saying it are probably a little suspect. But there’s some truth in these words. No one learns from getting everything right all the time.

People learn from the mistakes they make and the things that cause pain to them. They mature as they realize what they need to alter to avoid inflicting themselves with the same type of pain in the future.

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