13 Inspiring and Motivational Quotes from ‘Adventure Time’

If you’re a slight hipster, you are most likely familiar with the show “Adventure Time.” It’s a bonkers Cartoon Network original created by Pendleton Ward.

Since its inception in April 2010, the show has caught on like wildfire with a wide variety of ages, from elementary students to 90s kids feeling nostalgic about the by-gone days of classics like “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “The Powerpuff Girls.” In fact, the characters, including Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, the Ice King, Princess Bubblegum, and Lumpy Space Princess, to name a few, have become major forces in retail products, video releases, Happy Meal toys, and even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ready to go on a wild ride? Check out the show’s whimsical theme song to get a feel for what’s in store!


While it may seem ridiculous, “Adventure Time” has a few nuggets of wisdom that are perfect for adults who’ve never quite grown up. Whether you’re in a creative field, work 9-5, or are currently in between jobs, find inspiration from these quotes to get the job done in any situation.

When you’re thinking about phoning in your next project:

We get it. Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused throughout the day and do your best work at all times. Seriously, life can get pretty overwhelming, but you don’t have to put in minimal effort on your next assignment. Take it from Jake, who has something important to say about low quality work.

“Bad biscuits make the baker broke, bro.” – Jake the Dog

When you’re feeling self-conscious:

As the cliche goes, beauty is on the inside. People can be their own worst critics, but you also have the power to change the way you think about yourself. Finn, the brave protagonist in “Adventure Time,” shares wisdom on what it means to have good self-esteem.

“You don’t need a mirror to know you look good. You’re beautiful on the inside.” – Finn


When you’re afraid to take a risk:

It may seem scary, but you have to take bold leaps of faith to progress forward. Finn is a young boy, yet he understands that fear can hold us back from taking necessary risks and going for broke. Quiet down that voice in your head that’s full of doubts and go for it!

“You’re letting your brain dial turn your fear volume up.” – Finn the Human

When you’re starting a new online marketing campaign:

Look, there’s a lot of competition out there and you need to be innovative to set your business apart. Finn’s go-getter attitude is the perfect way to get in the spirit and create an online marketing campaign that blows people away.

“Let’s kick their digital bootays!” – Finn

When life gets hard:

Life is full of twists and turns, but that doesn’t mean they should get you down. It’s about persevering when things get tough, and nobody understands that more than BMO, Jake and Finn’s companion and video game system. He may be a technological wonder, but he gets what it means to stay positive during tough times.

“Sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.” – BMO

When you start doubting yourself:

The only validation you need should come from within, so don’t wait for someone else to say you’re doing a good job. Fionna, Jake the Dog’s human and female alter ego, is unafraid to be completely herself, no matter what the circumstances.

“I don’t need to feel like I’m waiting to be noticed. I know who I am, and I’ll know what I want if and when it ever comes along.” – Fionna  

When your to-do list seems never-ending:

Work may seem like too much to deal with, but just take everything a step at a time. Remember that you can’t accomplish everything in one giant sweep, so just do a small task at a time. Before you know it, a huge feat will be under your belt and you’ll be staring a promotion in the face.

“Everything small is just a smaller version of something big.” – Finn

When you’re feeling defeated:

Buck up, buttercup! There’s no reason to feel down for the count when it comes to tough days. We are all capable of way more than we give ourselves credit for, as evidenced by this insightful wisdom offered by Jake during a pivotal moment in “Adventure Time.”

“Your heart may be small, but it’s strong as a bull donk.” – Jake  

When you’re just starting a new skill or task:

You’re going to stumble along the way any time you learn a new skill or start a new task. Calm down and stop trying to be perfect! The only way you’ll ever learn anything is by making a few mistakes first and then improving for next time.

“Suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.” – Jake

When you need to get pumped up to tackle a new project:

There is a pile of work sitting on your desk, and you have no idea how you’re going to accomplish it all. Your Spotify playlist can only get you so far, so get pumped up at work by thinking Finn’s elegantly phrased words in your head.

“I’m a tough tootin’ baby, I can punch-a yo buns!” – Finn   


When the future freaks you out:

The world is a mysterious place, and we have no idea what the future has in store. There’s nothing you can do to prepare for the unknown, so all you have is the present. Deal with problems that exist before getting bent out of shape about future issues. Jake gets it!

“You’re getting hung up on imaginary problems. You got to focus on what’s real.” – Jake

When the haters are getting you down:

Haters gonna hate, or to put it more eloquently, people are going to be jealous of your skills and try to bring you down. There’s no point letting them get to you, especially when you have so much to offer the world. Do as the Ice King does and shut out those naysayers!

“Y’all are just hating on my steez. I’m not listening to haters.” – Ice King   

When you just don’t wanna:

As awesome as it would be to spend a day frolicking about, we need to roll up our sleeves and get to work from time to time. Princess Bubblegum, the ruler of Candy Kingdom, understands that responsibility means putting some things aside.

“Responsibility demands sacrifice.” – Princess Bubblegum

Come back to any of these motivational “Adventure Time” quotes when you need a pick-me-up!

Cartoons are more than just a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. Buried beneath the bright facade is true wisdom and a real understanding of the stresses adults face on a daily basis. The best programs are universal and have something that kids and adults alike can both appreciate. “Adventure Time” is one of the best for its endless fun and adult humor. Go ahead and print one of these quotes on a cool tote bag or t-shirt. Or next time you’re feeling unmotivated, tune in to this Cartoon Network favorite!