Branding Beat - Cut Through the Noise

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!


Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa loves food. A LOT. Particularly pizza and popcorn, but she knows beggars can’t be choosers. When she’s not stuffing her face (which is rare), she loves watching movies, playing volleyball and softball, and engaging in any number of interesting shenanigans. If she had to pick a spirit animal, she’d be an otter because they are playful and love to laugh. Most of the time she’s laughing at herself, whether other people are laughing with or at her is to be determined.


  1. Kurt Vor Broker

    I feel Inspired and motivated. Im gonna Kick this Friday in the Buns!

  2. Ryan @ Manifest Income

    Adventure time is such an engaging show, I need to start watching it more and get my cartoon on 🙂 !

    I think inspirational quotes like this should teach us the value of going out and inspiring someone.

    We’ve been doing that for sometime using forum marketing, my partner wrote about it on Firepole, would love for you to stop by Jenna and give us some feedback:

    We believe whole-heartedly if you give first then you shall receive.

    We go out there with the intentions to help people expecting nothing in return, mainly using forum marketing.

    This has helped establish us as an authority in many fields, and it’s only helping us grow.

    So when you feel like you’re in the mood to go out there and help people, consider joining a forum, resolving peoples issues, and making their day!

  3. Mandy Kilinskis

    I love that quotation from Jake: “Sucking at something is the first step to becoming sorta good at something.” It can be really disheartening when you try something at suck at it, but it’s great to remember that you will really suck if you never work at it. Great post, Jenna!


    this is real deep.. REAL DEEEEEEEEP

  5. Helina

    I Love Adventure Time, It always helps me punch a some buns, when I need too !!! And for this I Thank you. 😀

  6. Britney

    This helped me a lot c: Breakups are hard.. Bubblegum Princess and BMO are great helps.

  7. alan

    Adventure Time has quickly (within the past two years or so) become one of my all-time favorite shows. I’m a 30 year old man, so I’m sometimes told that I am outside of the targeted demographic of the show. I have a lot of friends who are quick to disregard it based solely on the fact that it airs on Cartoon Network and typically has a young fan base, but said people have never really even watched an episode.

    On the surface, I can definitely see where people who have never seen the show view it as a straight-up kids’ show: it has bright colors, a wacky animation style, silly voices and noises, a wide variety of silly characters, and it takes place in a magical land comprised of other magical lands. It also has fart jokes. Below the surface, there are really amazing story ideas that challenge typical storytelling molds and also try to teach some universal truths about life. Look at those inspirational quotes! Yes, some of them are pretty zany (and some of them are about punching buns), but some of them really hit home for me and are very comforting to hear.

    I’m also pretty nerdy about a lot of stuff, and this show definitely has some of the best mythology I’ve seen on a show. A lot of people don’t know that the show takes place on a post-apocalyptic earth and many of the characters that are encountered have been mutated as a result. I’d say that’s not typical of a regular kids’ show!

  8. A girl who likes Adventure Time

    Some of these quotes were not meant to be motivational, and some were misspelled (for example, bull DONK, it was most certainly bull dog. After he said that, he said “and beleive me I know” which implies that he is some sort of bull dog.)

    Nonetheless, this is a good article and highlights some of my favorite quotes in the show, one of my favorites being “Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”
    If you haven’t watched the show and you are reading this, you should definitely watch it. The show actually helped me through some tough times in my life. There was a time when I thought the show had to be stupid, and deliberately didn’t watch it, but then I decided to check it out one day and I’ve wished that I had watched it before then!

    The show’s great. Just don’t become a super-fan. It’s okay to be a secret fan or a sort of fan, but being a fanatic can be too difficult! ‘XD

  9. Jackson

    I have never experienced such profound feelings of emotion.

  10. Bambo

    i love Jake´s quotes and i wish to watch the show but don;t know how and where to watch it

Leave a Comment

Copyright 2003 - 2015 Quality Logo Products, Inc., Registration No. TX7-524-201. All Rights Reserved.