Using The Force: 7 Star Wars Quotes to Live By

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The Mandalorian’s latest season has become a huge hit to both hardcore and casual Star Wars fans. With almost everyone experiencing cabin fever, shows like this and virtual or online events are among the ways folks are coping with the pandemic.

The producers, cast, and crew of The Mandalorian have generated a renewed public interest in the Star Wars franchise that we decided to revisit some of the gems the movies had to offer. Let’s all glean on the wisdom coming from some of the Star Wars Universe’s beloved characters.

7 Star Wars Quotes That Can Make a Difference in Your Life

1. “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.” – Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

Luke underestimated Yoda on his appearance. Small, old, and frail, the Jedi master wasn’t much to look at. Until he showed what he was capable of. This is a good example of not judging a book by its cover. We all have innate gifts and abilities that serve as our strengths.

2. “The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.” – Qui-Gon Jinn (The Phantom Menace)

A lot of people are like Jar Jar Binks, especially online. They have a lot of things to say but most of it doesn’t necessarily make sense. Wise people believe that silence is golden and even fools who choose to keep their mouths shut can be perceived as deep and profound.

3. “There’s always a bigger fish.” – Qui-Gon Jinn (The Phantom Menace)

One of the constant things in life is as you progress through it, the challenges along the way also become “new and improved.” Just when you think you’ve overcome the biggest hurdle in your life, something bigger is waiting for you down the road. But all the strength you built up and the wisdom that you gathered will all help you get through life’s worst.

4. ”Be mindful of your thoughts, Anakin. They will betray you.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi (Attack of the Clones)

The human mind is flawed. A lot of times we have demented, wicked, perverse, just plain bad thoughts. This just goes to show how depraved we all are as moral beings. Even if we don’t do anything about our thoughts, the fact that these thoughts cross our minds means that there is an innate battle between good and evil in our minds and hearts. The moment we give in to those negative thoughts and feel justified by them, things can turn pretty sour.

5. “Sometimes we must let go of our pride and do what is requested of us.” – Padme (Attack of the Clones)

One of the most beautiful, sensible, and noblest things ever spoken in Star Wars lore. Sacrifices are needed to get things done, whether great or small. We need to look beyond ourselves and set aside our pride and ego for the sake of the greater good. It may be in the form of not buying that gadget so that to buy your child a new computer for school or passing on the chance to hang out with your friends on a Friday night so you can help clean up around the house.

6. “Oh no, my young Jedi. You will find that it is you who are mistaken about a great many things.” – The Emperor (Return of the Jedi)

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We’ve all been there. Young and arrogant. Thinking that we know everything we need to know to get through life. Believing that the old ways of the previous generation are outdated. But regardless of generational differences, we still need to heed their wisdom and guidance and value their input and concern. Certain truths about life cannot be contained within a generation. We can all learn from those who went before us just as we can impart wisdom to those who are after us.

7. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

Perhaps one of the most famous and most profound statements in the entire Star Wars mythology came from the wisest character in the franchise. This statement is a very hard-hitting and practical statement that challenges people to not do things half-heartedly (which is what trying really is all about at the end of the day). It’s either you do or you don’t. There is no middle ground. So if you say you will, you have to commit to it. Otherwise, don’t say anything at all.

Wisdom and inspiration can come from a lot of different sources, even fictional characters in a make-believe universe. The important thing is we all take the lessons to heart and do our best to live them out as best as we can.

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