In light of the new Star Wars trailer that probably sent nerds all over the world into nerdgasm overdrive, let’s take a stroll back to look at some of the quotes from characters that we’ve come to love a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
1. Do or do not, there is no try
Of course the original trilogy are deeply loved and adored by fans because it’s a pure space opera that has epic space battles while it also focuses on human values such believing in oneself, not giving up hope and trusting those around you, instead of all the parliament and political nonsense that’s present in the new trilogy. The original trilogy also has characters that are much more memorable and to look past none other than one of master Yoda’s arguably best quotes, hard it is.
A young Luke Skywalker finds himself training with master Yoda on the swampy planet Dagobah so that he can learn to control the force. As he finds himself unable to execute the majority of Yoda’s training but nevertheless promises try his best, Yoda correctly points out that his lack of self-belief is his downfall and firmly asserts that he must do, not try.
2. Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is
The second entry on this list is another immortal quote by our little green Jedi master. Yoda is over 900 years old and probably has enough wisdom, knowledge and experience of several lifespans. He commands huge admiration and respect from all walks of life, especially among the ranks of the Jedi – as a great teacher.
Despite this, he knows that there are things that even he – with all his knowledge and experience – doesn’t know.
However he is not dismissal or afraid to ask his students for their opinions and point of view – even children, as even great teachers can sometimes learn a thing or two from their students.
3. Never tell me the odds
A classic quote by the outlaw Han Solo and is widely used by fans humorously when they find themselves in a bleak situation. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we’re against the odds and have a mountain to climb – ala a David vs Goliath situation. We can only achieve what we want by having faith in ourselves in order to overcome them. After all, most successful people overcome obstacles by transcending themselves.
4. Who’s more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?
When Han Solo, C-3PO and Chewbacca question Obi-Wan’s decision to do the seemingly suicidal task of infiltrating the Death Star, the ever-wise Obi Wan asked a rhetorical question that they could not conjure an answer.
It’s easy to blame someone for their mistakes, but if we blindly follow them without questioning their decision or without knowing the consequences, then the bigger fool would be us as it proves that we lack the cognitive brainpower from learning from their mistakes. A fool makes mistakes, the fool who follows the fool amplifies it.
5. The force is strong with this one
According to Obi-Wan in A New Hope, The force is “an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together”. Since the force plays a fundamental role in the Star Wars saga, it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “may the force be with you” throughout the Star Wars films.
In general, the phrase is use to wish someone luck, but it’s also an analogy to trust your instincts and do your best because there are luminary powers that transcend beyond our physical bodies or what we can control.
6. You must unlearn what you have learned
While he was continuing his training with Yoda, Luke’s perception of reality strongly contradicted Yoda’s spiritual and almost pristine teachings. He has difficulty accepting that something as magical as the force exists because it challenges his conventional beliefs. It is only then when Yoda gives him this phrase of wisdom that he allows himself to accept and learn, that he could finally grasp the foundation of Yoda’s teachings.
There are a broad range of factors that defines us in how we think and behave – age, gender, education, background and exposure are some of the examples, that is why everyone can formulate their own opinions and people believe what they want to believe.
We are learning everyday and sometimes the philosophy and things that we learn and come to believe challenges the conventional and conservative way of how we once perceive the world. It’s like discovering that an apple is actually an orange and not actually an apple after years and years of mislead.
So in order to allow creativity and change, we must allow ourselves to drop the traditional stigmas and to accept new ideas so that we can allow ourselves to evolve and progress. What may work in the past may not work at the present.
7. Your Jedi mind tricks don’t work on me
Despite Qui-Gon Jinn’s attempts to use the Jedi mind trick on Watto (who owns Anakin Skywalker) to manipulate him into letting Anakin go, it ultimately backfired miserably because he could see through Qui-Gon’s inconspicious Jedi trick.
Always analyze things from top to bottom and try to see through because some things are too good to be true as there may be a hidden motive. Stand firm, trust your guts and don’t succumb to greed then you should have a clear idea of what you want.