60+ Korean Quotes And Proverbs That Are Beautiful And Inspiring

Georgia Stone
Dec 12, 2023 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Feb 03, 2021
Edited by Luca Demetriou
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In recent times there has been a rise in the popularity of Korean culture and Korean Lifestyle.

Starting from K-pop to K-dramas and Korean films and even Korean food, the list of entertainment and content that this new sect of the world provides us with is limitless. There is no end to it, the curve is only on the rise.

The Hallyu wave is a global phenomenon that has taken over the world of teenagers and adults alike. The astounding rise of this culture can be primarily be contributed to K-pop- the music and the idol groups and singers alike, inspiring clothes choices, affecting our language and more.

Korea, in the present day, is nothing short of a sensation, an experience that everybody should experience once.

While many of us cannot afford to book a tour of South Korea on a whim and explore the language, the culture, the people, the clothes, and a date with our beloved Oppas, these quotes are a humble gateway.

You could also take a look at the good short quotes, cute Korean quotes, funny Korean quotes, and Korean war quotes in this article. We have also collected some really great Korean sayings and phrases so learning Korean can be easy!

If you would like to read some other cool quotes, you can check out blue sky quotes and Alaska quotes.

Inspirational Korean Quotes

Well, it is not just glam and glitz in Korean culture. They also have some deep quotes that one can take inspiration from and find in themselves a better and improved individual. Here are some Korean quotes about life for you.

1.  "The path that used to be familiar, it is now unfamiliar.

Is this the path I know? I ask  myself."

- 'Don't Wanna Cry', Seventeen.

2. "Just be happy, don't worry.

Don't look for your flaws."

- 'Just Right', GOT7.

3. "Today we''ll never die.

The light will pierce through the darkness."

- 'Not Today', BTS.

4. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second time is now."

- Unknown.*

5. "Every day, we are growing without rest.

Our tomorrows will never stop."

- 'Leaders', SVT.

6. "It's fun for me to bury my political and social comments here and there in a film."

- Bong Joon Ho.

7. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

- Unknown*

8. "Love Yourself."

- BTS.

9. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

- Confucious.

10. "Now let's forgive ourselves,

Our lives are wrong,

Trust yourself when in a maze,

When winter passes, spring always comes."

- ' Love Myself', BTS.

11. "Some flowers bloom at night when everyone is asleep."

- Unknown*

12. "Always keep the faith."

- Unknown*

13. "I will take it away before you stumble

Hold on,

I will stay by your side until you survive

Hold on,

I hope you bloom."

- 'Winter Flower', Younha Ft. RM.

14. "I want to love in this world,

The shining me, the precious soul of mine,

So I love me

I realize only now, so I love me."

- 'Epiphany', Kim Seokjin, BTS.

15. “Even when I fall and hurt myself I keep running toward my dream.”

-'Young Forever', BTS

16. “Even in the far future,

Never forget the you of right now

Wherever you are right now,

You’re just taking a break.”

- 'Tomorrow', BTS.

17. "Because the dawn right before the sun rises is the darkest."

-'Tomorrow', BTS.

18. "The morning will come again,

Because no darkness, no season can last forever."

- 'Spring Day', BTS.

19. "If you and I are together we can run across the sky."

-'Runaway', TXT.

20. "We don’t know how to be happy because we don’t know we are happy."


21. "Though I crawl on the ground today

Tomorrow I’m going up to the sky

Though the rough winds blow, I’m goin’ up.."

- 'UP', Epik High.

Korean Proverbs

South Korea, like any other Asian country, has its roots steeped in tradition. Thus, they have some amazing proverbs that teach incredible lessons to all of us.

22. "If you lift together, it’s better – even if it’s a sheet of paper."

- Korean Proverb.

23. "At the end of hardship comes happiness."

- Korean Proverb.

24. "An empty cart rattles loudly."

- Korean Proverb.

25.  "At the end of hardship comes happiness."

- Korean Proverb.

26.  "A Dragon rises up from a small stream."

- Korean Proverb.

27. "When you want to find even dog poop to use as medicine, there isn't any."

- Korean Proverb.

28.  "Don't drink the kimchi soup first."

- Korean Proverb.

29. "A widower knows a widow's sorrow."

- Korean Proverb.

30. "Even monkeys fall from trees."

- Korean Proverb.

31. "It's better to get beaten by the whip first."

- Korean Proverb.

32. "Don't try to cover the whole sky with the palm of your hand."

- Korean Proverb.

33. "Live however you want to, it is yours anyways. Don't try too hard, it is okay to lose."

- Korean Proverb.

34. "Even jade has flaws."

- Korean Proverb.

35. "If one is desperate, one will find a way."

- Korean Proverb.

Korean Quotes About Love

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36. "If we are together, even an endless maze is paradise."

- 'Love Maze', BTS

37. "All these things are not by chance, it is the two of us who found the fate."

- 'DNA', BTS.

38. "What comforts me,

What wraps around me when I am in pain,

Is all you."

- 'Because It's You', Astro.

39. "You are my salvation, you are my window."

- 'Best Of Me', BTS.

40. "So don't get scared when darkness comes.

You're so beautiful that your flower will bloom."

- 'Palette', IU.

41. "I want to stand in front of you again, holding these flowers that are as beautiful as you."

- 'Beautiful', Wanna One.

42. "You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back."

- Barbara De Angelis.

43. "The magic began the moment I saw you."

- 'Runaway', TXT.

Korean Quotes About Life

Life can be unfair at times but it does not mean that one should give up. Here is a collection of Korean life quotes that will help you stay motivated and focused.

44. "Tomorrow will be better than yesterday."

- Unknown*.

45. "If you have a dream, never give up."

- Unknown*.

46. "It’s okay if your breath gets short,

No one is blaming you.

You can make mistakes from time to time;

Everyone else does too."

- 'Breathe', Lee Hi.

47. "Novels are food for the leftover hours of life, the in-between times, the moments of waiting."

- 'I Have The Right To Destroy Myself', Young-ha Kim.

48. "Like an echo in the forest,

The day will come back around,

As if nothing happened

Life goes on."

- 'Life Goes On', BTS.

49. "Either way you will have regrets. You have to choose the path with less regrets."

- 'Operation Proposal'.

50. "Everyone says I am beautiful

But my sea is black

You are the one with the flowers blooming

And the sky is blue."

- 'Moon', Kim Seokjin, BTS.

51. "Things are never where you want them."

- Unknown*.

52. "Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you."

- Unknown*.

Korean Drama Quotes

Korean Dramas are all the craze now. Not only do they entertain us but also give us characters who are very relatable and tend to manifest emotions that we feel. We bring to you some extraordinary Korean quotes so that you can enjoy.

53. "Expectations are a form of greed you set up to your standard and hope someone else will fulfill."

- Jung Yoon Do, 'Doctors'.

54. "Life is not long enough for people to mature."

- Min Joon, 'My Love From The Stars'.

55. "If you wait, the person is bound to come."

- Seo Eun Gi, 'The Innocent Man'.

56. "It is not because I love you, it is because I only love you. If it is not you, then I won't have anyone else. You are an amazing woman,"

- Joo Won, 'Secret Garden.'

57. "If growing up means your dreams fade, I will give up on growing up."

- Ko Dong-man, 'Fight For My Way.'

58. "Life is a momentary thing... You come and you go."

- Ji Eun Tak, 'The Goblin.'

59. "Truthfully, the best medicine for regret is not time, but a better person."

- Han Min-woo, 'MIMI.'

60. "I pray that in our next life, the wait will be short and the meeting shall be long."

- Sunny, 'The Goblin.'

61. "You don't regret your choice the moment you make it. It happens after."

- Dal-mi, 'Start-Up.'

Sad Korean Quotes

Every once in a while you feel so low that nothing seems possible anymore but always remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Until then, here are some famous Korean quotes to tide you over. Fighting!

62. "The person in your eyes

Was always him

It wasn't me

So  I will silently let you go to him."

- Jay, Ikon.

63. "When sadness that looked like endless comes down

I can not fall asleep holding end of the night."

- 'End Of The Night', Punch.

64. "I could pretend I was okay even if I was hurt for you."

- 'Fake Love', BTS.

*Do you know where this quote originated? Please email us to let us know at hello@kidadl.com.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Korean quotes then why not take a look at [humility quotes], or bedtime quotes.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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