80 Cowboy Bebop Quotes on Life and Death

If you’re a fan or if you’re feeling nostalgic, then don’t miss out on these 80 Cowboy Bebop quotes to learn more about the characters and the story.

Cowboy Bebop is a Japanese anime series that debuted in 1998 and received widespread acclaim for its characters, story, plot twist, voice acting, and music.

It’s no surprise that it became a phenomenon due to its exciting and intriguing themes that left us speechless.

So, what are you holding out for? Let’s dive into the world of Cowboy Bebop and gain a broader perspective in life.

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Best Cowboy Bebop Quotes

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1. “Angels banished from heaven have no choice but to become devils.” – Vicious

2. “Whatever happens, happens.” – Spike Spiegel

3. “Humans were meant to work and sweat to earn a living. Those that try to get rich quick, or live at the expense of others, all get divine retribution somewhere along the line. That’s the lesson. Unfortunately, we quickly forget the lessons we’ve learned and then we have to learn them all over again.” – Jet Black

4. “They often say that humans can’t live alone, but you can live pretty long by yourself. Instead of feeling alone in a group, it’s better to be alone in your solitude.” – Faye Valentine

5. “You know the first rule in combat? Shoot them before they shoot you.” – Faye Valentine

6. “Tell me, why do you think people believe in God? Because they want to. It’s not easy living in such an ugly and corrupt world. People are lost so they reach out. God didn’t create humans. No, it’s humans who created God.” – Dr. Londes

7. “I have no fear of death. It just means dreaming in silence. A dream that lasts for eternity.” – Vincent Volaju

8. “I felt like I was watching a dream I could never wake up from. Before I knew it, the dream was over.” – Spike Spiegel

9. “Don’t you want to hang out and waste your life with us?” – Spike Spiegel 

10. “I’m not going there to die. I’m going there to find out if I’m really alive.” – Spike Spiegel

11. “Do not fear death. Death is always at our side. When we show fear, it jumps at us faster than light. But, if we do not show fear, it casts its eye upon us gently and then guides us into infinity.” – Laughing Bull

12. “You told me once to forget the past, cause it doesn’t matter, but you’re the one still tied to the past, Spike.” – Faye Valentine

13. “Survival of the fittest is the law of nature. We deceive or we are deceived. Thus, we flourish or perish. Nothing good ever happened to me when I trusted others. That is the lesson.” – Faye Valentine

14. “Of the days that I have lived, only those I spent with you seemed real.” – Vincent Volaju

15. “It’s just like Charlie said in my dream. If you want to receive you have to give. See Spike, you got to listen to your dreams, that’s how you find your dream girl.” – Jet Black

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16. “Hackers are nerdy, pasty, tubby, little geeks with triple thick glasses and this is probably a demented otaku with smelly feet. So catching him will be a breeze!” – Faye Valentine

17. “Hey, Jet, did you know that there are three things that I hate? Kids, animals, and women with attitude. So why do we have all three neatly gathered on our ship!?” – Spike Spiegel

18. “We are all in the perpetual quest for keeping oneself occupied, entertained, and important—which burns at the edge of addiction.” – Jana Richman

19. “Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is just a cycle of starts and stops. There are ends we don’t desire, but they’re inevitable, we have to face them. It’s what being human is all about.” – Jet Black

20. “Look at my eyes, Faye. One of them is a fake because I lost it in an accident. Since then, I’ve been seeing the past in one eye and the present in the other. So, I thought I could only see patches of reality, never the whole picture.” – Spike Spiegel

21. “Once, there was a tiger striped cat. This cat, died a million deaths, revived and lived a million lives. And he had various owners that he didn’t really care about, the cat wasn’t afraid to die. Then one day, he met a white female cat, the two of them fell in love and lived together happily. Well, the years went by and the white female cat got old and passed away. The Tiger Striped cat cried a million times, then he also died. But this time, he didn’t come back.” – Spike Spiegel

22. “The souls that God has given us, our spirits. Our spirits, which found a way to swim through the immense network and live in the infinity of space. Is not the human body a mere shell? A form of existence all too small and weak for consciousness with such vast reach and potential?” – Londes

23. “They say hunger is the best spice.” – Spike Spiegel

24. “No one can draw a clear line between sane and insane. You move that line as you see fit for yourself. No one else can. You’ll understand soon that the one that’s insane is this world.” – Vincent Volaju

25. “Men always seem to think about their past before they die, as though they were frantically searching for proof that they truly lived.” – Jet Black

26. “I love the type of woman who can kick my ass.” – Spike Spiegel

27. “Why don’t we drink to me and my reflection in your lovely eyes?” – Andy Von De Oniyate

28. “That is not an ordinary star, my son. That star is the tear of a warrior.” – Laughing Bull

29. “Master, you see it? I was fluid like water.” – Rocco

30. “When I was a cop, this was my beat. I’m the Black Dog and when I bite, I don’t let go. I have no regrets about her, but I’ll settle this score on my own turf.” – Jet Black

Remarkable Cowboy Bebop Quotes

31. “If you don’t work, you don’t eat. You’re a hunting dog—hunt up some food. We girls are different. We have to be pampered because we’re delicate and refined.” – Faye Valentine

32. “You can’t tell the age of a woman by looking at her.” – Jet

33. “The way you talk about it, you seem to think that time really has stopped here. That’s a story from long ago, and I—I’ve forgotten about it. Time never stands still.” – Elisa

34. “So that’s the story, and what was the real lesson? Don’t leave things in the fridge.” – Spike Spiegel

35. “We should’ve never taken such a risk. If this thing ever gets out, you know what will happen.” – Gate Corp Lackey

36. “Remember, this could be a trap; a continuation of the game.” – Jet

37. “And really, there is nothing more innocent and cruel than a child.” – Jet

38. “That’s what you did? You took all the money you stole from us and you lost it gambling in a casino?” – Spike Spiegel

39. “It’s the best. Belonging is the very best thing there is.” – Faye Valentine

40. “There was a woman. For the first time in my life, I saw a woman that was truly alive. That’s what I believed. She was a piece of me I had lost. She is my other half that I had longed for.” – Spike Spiegel

Cowboy Bebop Quotes About Death

41. “Know much about purgatory? It’s the place between heaven and hell, where those who were left behind, unable to get into heaven continue to suffer, a place of struggle and pain. In other words, the world that we’re in now.” – Vincent Volaju

42. “I was younger then, I wasn’t afraid of anything, I didn’t think about dying for a second. I thought I was invincible. Then I met some girl. I wanted to live, I started to think like that; for the first time I was afraid of death. I had never felt like that before.” – Spike Spiegel

43. “A fallen angel banished from heaven, arises into the light to be received by the benevolence of God.” – Spike Spiegel

44. “You were always there for me, and that’s all I needed. Just you. For some reason, I didn’t feel sad or broken up, it just didn’t seem real. But slowly I realized it was real—that you were gone. And little by little, I slowly felt something inside me go numb.” – Jet Black

Cowboy Bebop Quotes About Forgetting the Past

45. “The past is the past and the future is the future. A man is a man and a woman is a woman. The present is the present. I am who I am and you are who you are. That’s all there is to it. Does it really matter? Or do we just think it does?” – Faye Valentine

46. “I can’t be stuck in one place for long—it’ll kill me. My whole family’s like that.” – Faye Valentine

47. “When you and I first met, you told me something. You said that you had died once, that you had seen death. Why can’t you just let it go? Forget the past.” – Jet Black

Cowboy Bebop Quotes About Life’s Reality

48. “You said that you didn’t need comrades, but I’m attached to that word—to the point of tears.” – Gren 

49. “Why do people stay longer in my head than they do in my life?” – Spike Spiegel

50. “That’s just how you were back then, you decided everything. In the end, you were always right. When I was there with you, I never had to do anything for myself. All I had to do was to hang onto your arm like a child without a care in the world. I wanted to live my own life; make my own decisions, even if they were terrible mistakes.” – Elisa

51. “If you want to dream, just do it by yourself.” – Spike Spiegel

52. “Do you know what the greatest and worst invention that humans ever made was? Television.” – Dr. Londes

53. “Ah! I never wanted to live with this regret. So, I try in every moment to not have anything that I didn’t do or try. That’s so true, when we talk to people who’re older or about to die.” – Jet Black

54. “In terms of sticking to our passions and purposes, where it makes other people think we’re insane. But I believe life is lived at its fullest potential in those moments.” – Vincent Volaju

55. “I think being weird and insanity is where all of us should try to get to.” – Vincent Volaju

56. “I don’t know if this is true. Because the growth for us is actually in overcoming those obstacles and things that make us fall. I think falling and not getting up, and the worst thing we can do to ourselves, and the lesson that I took from this.” – Vicious

57. “What are you going to do, just throw your life away like it was nothing?” – Faye Valentine

58. “Women don’t work on reason.” – Jet Black

Funny Cowboy Bebop Quotes

59. “Uh, listen Jet. You said, ‘bell peppers and beef’. There’s no beef in here. So you wouldn’t really call it bell peppers and beef now, would you?” – Spike Spiegel

60. “This is real mystic and all, but uh, do you have anything to eat here?” – Spike Spiegel

61. “Those Earthlings are weird.” – Faye Valentine

62. “Radical Edward’s profile, he’s a seven-foot ex-basketball pro, Hindu, guru, drag queen, alien!” – Jet

63. “If someone sneezes and no one says, ‘take care’, that person will turn into a fairy. That’s what people say around here, you know.” – Gren

64. “Hi. Peace to the whole galaxy and to my bank account. Love, love.” – Male Hippie

65. “Horses can’t play chess!” – Spike Spiegel

More Cowboy Bebop Quotes

66. “You should see yourself. Do you have any idea what you look like right at this moment, Spike?” – Vicious

67. “If there is a God in this world, I’d like to ask one wish. Divine retribution to all those who take freedom away.” – Spike Spiegel

68. “He was a beast who lost his fangs. That’s why he had to die. And that’s why you have to die.” – Vicious

69. “I’m the only one who can keep you alive. And I’m the only one who can kill you.” – Vicious

70. “And this time, I hope you have sweet dreams.” – Ed

71. “There is nothing to believe in nor is there reason to believe.” – Vicious

72. “That we did, we worked like there was no tomorrow.” – Jobim

73. “A lost soul who has finished his battles somewhere on this planet. A pitiful soul who could not find his way to the lofty realm where the great spirit awaits us all.” – Laughing Bull

74. “Please do not associate us with common terrorists. We are warriors of peace fighting a noble battle for the law of nature.” – Twinkle Maria Murdock

75. “You know what they say cowboy, ‘Easy come, easy go.’” – Faye Valentine

76. “Your heart must be as cold as ice.” – Faye Valentine

77. “A ravenous beast. The same blood runs through both of us. The blood of a beast who wanders, hunting for the blood of others.” – Vicious

78. “I’ve bled all that kind of blood away.” – Spike Spiegel

79. “The music box is broken, or is it? It starts to play, and a haunting tune fills the air. I wake suddenly from my dream. There is no music box! And yet there it is. A tiny one nestled in my hand. And I awaken from my dream again. As if I were peeling an onion. It’s a dream no matter how far I go. I can never reach reality. Trapped in an endless nightmare.” – Spike Spiegel

80. “Right. Water can take any form. It drifts without effort one moment, then pounds down in a torrent the very next.” – Spike Spiegel

How Do You Handle Your Emotions When Faced With Events From Your Past?

Many young people in today’s generation spend their time watching their favorite dramas, cartoons, movies, and series. A large number of anime fans, both children and adults, have grown. Anime is well-known as a form of entertainment with realistic characters and settings.

Cowboy Bebop is a popular anime series where the main characters go on a quest to find the most dangerous villain in exchange for a prize. Amidst their search, they’re haunted by their experiences from the past. 

It features real-life situations that fans can relate to and keep them watching or reading. Their lines contained valuable lessons that will sharpen your life philosophy.

Which character from the Cowboy Bebop anime series is your favorite? Which quotes are your favorites? We’re excited to know what you think, so please leave a comment below.