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Learn Or Learn Not, From Star Wars Quotes We Can

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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


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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


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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


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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?


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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


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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.



Lessons We Can Learn From The Martian

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Ridley Scott’s new film, The Martian is now out in theaters nationwide. The film, lead by Matt Damon along with a host of other talented cast including Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean and Kristen Wigg, is an adaptation of a book with the same title written by Andy Weir and tells the story about an astronaut who is left stranded on Mars by his team when he was wrongly presumed dead and his fight for survival on the red planet.

Obviously, like all good movies out there, there are lessons that we can take and absorb from this film. Oh and this article contains spoilers, so skip this if you haven’t catch The Martian yet.

Working together without racial discrimination

A quick look at the cast and crew and you’ll notice that the cast members are very much diverse in terms of their ethnicity. There are Asians, Blacks, Caucasians and Hispanics – all putting their minds and skills together to fork out a plan to save Mark Watney (Matt Damon) to bring him home.

Now we know that merit should be always be awarded to a person’s qualifications and capabilities and not based on their color, so this film did a remarkable job of showing a plural society working for NASA. And no, contrary to most of the cliche in Hollywood films, the other races did not die in this film.

Humans are wonderful creatures

There’s no doubt in mind that human beings are creatures with immeasurable imagination, creativity and intelligence. We can create machines that can take us from one side of the world to the other, machines and gadgets that allow us to connect with people around the world and medicines and remedies to treat our wounds and illnesses.

This movie showed us how far we’ve come from living in caves through our grasps in the scientific field including chemistry, physics, astronomy and biology. Humans have ventured into space looking for another hospitable planet that can sustain life and what’s more, we’re continuously learning to adapt to different environments.

It’s fair to say that we’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way and we could be our own culprits in the destruction of our own species, but you can’t help but admire that humans are indeed wonderful creatures that are capable of going against the odds to achieve almost anything.

It seems destined that humans are very likely to live on another planet in the future.

Knowledge is power

Stranded on an hostile planet with no living soul around never mind a human being, Mark Watney had to depend on a combination of everything that he’s learned from his training at NASA, his knowledge as a botanist and his ingenuity of using science – to adapt to his surroundings.

Time and time again, a new set of problems emerged and time and time again he had to bust his brains to think of the right solution to solve his problems.

Right at the get-go, he had to figure out a way treat and seal his wound without anesthetics after being impaled by a metal object during a storm.

Sustaining himself with food and water was another challenge for him; to produce water, he brilliantly utilized his knowledge of science to create water by burning hydrogen from hydrazine in the rocket fuel.

On a planet that “nothing grows” as he clearly pointed out, he needed to utilize his skills as a botanist to do the impossible by growing and cultivating his own crops to sustain himself for another 3 years (until help can arrive), which was hugely challenging because firstly, on mars, the temperature would hit sub-zero come nightfall and secondly, the amount of sunlight on mars is pale compared to earth.

This meant that he had to grow them indoors with artificial lighting while protecting it from the cold weather. He also had to use his own feces as fertilizer to stimulate growth for his crops.

Food and water aside, he also needed to figure out a way to establish communication with NASA (who already thought that he died) but nevertheless, he came up with plenty of ingenious ways to establish contact.


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If it wasn’t for his extensive knowledge about basic chemistry and survival skills on so many different levels, he would’ve perished long ago, never mind living on an isolated planet alone for 3 years.

Knowledge is power my friends.

Strong will is the key to survival

The movie is greatly catered around hope as its theme as you always get a sense that all is not lost throughout the film.

Even in the most thickest situation there’s always a solution to the problem at hand, and Mark Watney’s character is the epitome of that.

Realizing that he had only enough rations to last him for seven months while it would take at least 3 years for any sort of help, he made up his mind that he would do anything to survive and not throw in the towel.


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With that new found determination, he quickly highlighted his main problems which were to grow his own food to prolong his survival and establishing communication with NASA. He then carefully crafted his plans of action.

Later in the film, when his food crops were ruined because the air lock pressure, he was forced to utilize his food ration wisely to survive. Months after surviving on rationed food, his body weight drastically changed as he became much more skinnier.

Living on a planet that 54.6 million kilometers away from earth with no one else around for 3 years while surviving on potatoes for every meal, proved that he has an unbreakable will to survive, no matter the obstacle.

Don’t leave people behind

“Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are a******* who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.” – Mark Watney

Throughout the film, we see people working tirelessly to bring Watney home, even if it meant that extra blood and sweat were needed to bring one man home.

If NASA did not acknowledged the truth of his survival to the public, everything would’ve just ended there, full stop.

It would’ve saved so much hassle from everyone from his crew to the people at NASA to the people at CNSA (China National Space Agency).

But everyone decided together that they don’t leave one of their own behind, no matter how much resources or extra time it may take.

Watney’s crew were not hesitant to give a positive vote to make a huge detour back to save him even though it may cost them hundreds of extra days to complete their ongoing mission.

When NASA discovered that Watney survived on Mars, they immediately worked out on a way to establish contact and formulated viable plans to save him.







12 Inspirational Quotes From Films That Will Lift Your Spirit

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Ahhh…movies. There are only but a few things in life that are more enjoyable than movies.

What’s there not to love about movies? Good movies compel us with their outstanding acting and writing, astound us with the draw-dropping visuals and they mesmerize us with their magical film scores.

Some classics like Seven Samurai, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather and Apocalypse Now encapsulated unforgettable moments that galvanized our imagination and inspiration.

When we’re preoccupied with problems, watching a good film is a ticket to tranquility and peace; our troubles are momentarily forgotten as we allow ourselves to immersed into the world of films and place our troubles behind us.

Sometimes, a great and memorable quote can change our mood at a moment’s notice – one moment we feel so pessimistic but an inspiring quote can pump us up and raring to take on the world with renewed spirit.

So without further ado, here are 12 of the most inspirational quotes (in no particular order) that this writer has come upon in his lifetime of watching films, so let’s get started!


1. “Do or do not, there is no try.” (Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back)

What better way to start than quoting one of the most popular and lovable characters from Star Wars – Master Yoda?

The green-looking, backwards-talking and petite being gave Luke Skywalker unforgettable advice to overcome his doubts and fears with this immortal line of wisdom. Yoda taught Luke to always strive to succeed, to do his best, not try, but do.


2. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” (Gandalf The Grey, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring)

Just like Star Wars, there are so many great quotes from the LOTR trilogy that a whole article could be created just for this (maybe in the near future).

There’s the “even darkness must pass” line Sam gave to Frodo about not giving up because things will always get better and Lady Galadriel’s “even the smallest person can change the world” made us feel that we don’t need to be rich and successful in order to change the world.

But of all the great quotes in this fantastic movie, this line struck me deeper than the blade of the Ring Wraiths in Frodo’s chest.

When Frodo was cursing his luck and fate because the ring had unintentionally come to him, Gandalf was quick to dismiss this idea because mulling about what has happened to him made no sense.

There are certain things that we’re born with or have to live with, so there’s really no point wasting time on being envious of others or living with regrets.

Instead, we should strive to do the best we can with our time because that’s the only thing in life that we have the power to decide.


3.”Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world’s a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.” (Detective Somerset, Seven)


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Okay, he might be paraphrasing a quote from a book, but it’s still a deep and inspiring quote.

About-to-retire detective Somerset took on his last investigation on a series of bizarre murder cases that were haunting the cold, dark and decaying streets of an unnamed American City.

After all the tragic events that unfolded at the end of the film, it was not the “riding off into the sunset” ending that Somerset had hoped and envisioned it.

In the end, the highly experienced detective decided against retiring despite of all the potentially obscene things that he could encounter in the future, as he wanted to continue on saving people.


4. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” (Chris Gardner, The Pursuit Of Happyness)

Everyone has a dream – whether if it’s you aspirations or something that you want to achieve in your life.

However, we all fall or stumble upon a barricade at some point in our paths every now and then. It’s at this point of time when we feel a sense of vulnerability and hopelessness.

Sometimes we are pushed to point where we have to decide whether to give up on our dreams.

Based on a true story about a struggling salesman as well as a homeless and single father, and the story about his rise to success.

His advice to his son was so powerful and touching that tears streamed down on audiences faces as they reflected how far they’ve ventured away from their dreams in the pursuit of something else.


5. “I was there to push people beyond what’s expected of them. I believe that’s an absolute necessity.” (Terence Fletcher, Whiplash)

The foul-mouthed, bald-headed and no holds barred music conductor/instructor constantly pushed his students over the edge with his verbal abuse.

But his wish to push everyone beyond their expectations coupled with his chase for perfection also has a lot of inspiration to take from.

Who can forget the scene when Andrew Neiman (played by Miles Teller) practiced so hard that his hand literally bled?

Nevertheless, he still played through the pain barrier in order to become the best jazz drummer in the world after being pushed by Fletcher.

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6. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” (Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption)

A classic movie about the lives a group of inmates at a maximum security prison that taught us the value of friendship, love and honor. Although it’s a short quote, but the magnitude behind the meaning is nonetheless, deep.

You either live your life to the fullest, or you can keep yourself busy by wasting your life. Although, this line could also be interpreted in many other ways.

One of the most re-watchable films ever, you’re bound to be emotionally drawn into the film.


7. This speech (Sean McGuire, Good Will Hunting)

No words can describe this scene, so I won’t waste your time, just click on the video below and prepared to be blown away.


8. “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright.” (Red, The Shawshank Redemption)

Sometimes things that are meant to be, are meant to be and it can’t be helped.


9. “Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” (Thomas Wayne, Batman Begins)

We all fall down at some point, but what do we do when we fall? We can either stand back up with our feet, or remain on the ground – as how a young Bruce Wayne learned from his father.


10. “Don’t let anyone, ever, make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.” (Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You)

We shouldn’t allow others to bring us down. We need to keep the passion inside of us burning. If we keep our passion alive, it will be an unstoppable inferno that’s ready to be unleashed.


11. “We buy things we don’t need with money, we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” (The narrator, Fight Club)

Fight Club is a movie that has a ton of subtle meanings.

On the surface, it’s about a group of men starting a club that you’ve guessed it – involves fighting and brawling.

But it’s not about victory or who gets their butt kicked, the film deals with themes such as materialism, consumerism, fascism, mental disorder, love and even Buddhism.

Released in 1999, it was initially not well received but the film has since generated a huge cult following and is now seen as one of the best films of all time. It was decades ahead of its time, not years, but decades!

Needless to say, there are plentiful of interesting and inspiring quotes, but this particular enlightening line stood out as it highlighted the current state of our society by allowing advertisements, materialism and consumerism to overwhelm us.


12.”What we do in life echoes in eternity.” (Maximus, Gladiator)

Inspiring and motivating, if our actions are big enough to change the world, the imprints will forever remain in the future.