For so long, all I wanted was for you to love me, to accept me. I thought it was my honor I wanted, but really, I was just trying to please you. You, my father, who banished me just for talking out of turn. My father, who challenged me, a thirteen-year-old boy, to an Agni Kai. How could you possibly justify a duel with a child?
Sokka, when you first arrived, you were so unsure. You even seemed down on yourself. But I saw something in you right away. I saw a heart as strong as a lion turtle, and twice as big. And as we trained, it wasn’t your skills that impressed me. No it certainly wasn’t your skills.You showed something beyond that: creativity, versatility, intelligence. These are the traits that define a great swordsman. And these are the traits that define you. You told me that you didn’t know if you were worthy, but I believe you to be more worthy than any man I have ever trained.