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Top 10 Star Wars Quotes (and what makes them great)

Best Star Wars Quotes

Aside from the obvious famous Star Wars quotes such as “Use the Force, Luke” and “I am your father,” the Star Wars movies really do hide some literary gems within their screenplays, which, in some cases, are beautifully delivered.

I have thus compiled a list of ten Star Wars quotes based on a number of qualities; delivery, style, humour, meaning, poetic nature, importance and charisma. I did not want to simply include a regurgitated top ten with “I am your father” at number one – we all know and love those kinds of quotes. This list is a more speculative look at the whole series, including quotes that define characters, plots, and do everything from send chills down the spine to positively inspire generations of fellow nerds.

Hopefully this list will conjure thought, review, memory and debate amongst us all. Enjoy!

10. “When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not.”

Top 10 Star Wars Quotes

Film: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
Who: Yoda to Luke Skywalker
What makes it great?
In cinema, the Degoba system is possibly one of the most ambitious and atmospheric sets ever made, especially at the time of production in the late 70s/ early 80s. The swamp-ish scenery and aged frailty of Yoda’s appearance emphasises a beautiful theme in the Star Wars films – the past. The past is a theme that the original saga concentrates on a lot in terms of narrative and plot, and the visits to Yoda in Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi personify (or more accurately, Yodafy) this theme in the character of Yoda and the decaying nature of his home. Luke is trained in the Force by a slowly dying master, whose wisdom knows no boundaries. This whole context is summed up in this beautiful, quirky and humorous quote from Yoda that reveals his age, his connection to Luke’s past and his modest and humble personality as a shaman-esqsue old prophet.

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  • Kevin Glenn said

    Hey Tomas…enjoyed your musings. You are quite the gifted writer. Very good use of words to describe your defense of each quote.

    kg

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  • Mick said

    A few important Star Wars lines that I think were possibly overlooked. I will leave it to others to debate.

    Do. Or do not. There is no try. Yoda

    Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. Emperor

    You were right about one thing, Master. The negotiations were short. Obi-Wan.

    Never tell me the odds. Han Solo

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  • Tom said

    Thanks for the comments guys. This has got quite a lot of attention and I’m flattered. Sorry about the Jedi mistake though, D’oh!

    – Tom

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  • James said

    “Oh Anny! You’re breaking my heart” was the very Star Wars line that not only solidified, in my mind, that ep 1 – 3 were pure trash, but made me want to go ahead and get up and leave ep 3. Though, my friend asked me about an hour into the movie “Hey, ya wanna leave? This sucks.”, it was tempting, but i stomached it through.

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  • David said

    Wow, what a great list. In addition to picking out great lines, you also have great commentary for them. Might not have agreed with all of these choices before, but now I do.

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  • phil said

    “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

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  • Obidal kenobi said

    Probably the most PIMP line in history

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  • John Edwards said

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” By Yoda

    “The Force is strong with this one.”

    Who’s more foolish the fool or the fool who follows him. BY Obi-Wan

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  • Roger said

    “Do or not do, there is no try,” is by far the most profound quote of all the SW movies. Yoda the master tells it all with these few words.

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  • Jimmy said

    The best Star Wars quotes, I think:
    “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”
    “Use the force.”
    “Ive got a bad feeling about this.”
    “I am your father”
    “Yahoo!”
    “This battle station will be quite operational when your friends arrive.”

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  • amanda said

    “Your confidence is your weakness” Luke
    “Your faith in your friends is yours” The Emperor.
    Love this quote, it’s like tit for tat on a galatic scale!
    also
    “The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am” Vader
    in plan speak I’m a b@stard wait till my boss gets here!
    and finally
    “You rebel scum” Imperial Officer
    I love this guy! it’s his only line in the film so he makes it count!!

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  • andrew said

    very nice list man my fav made number 3 hahaha
    …. i know
    that is the most romantic scene in a movie

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  • Jennifer said

    “I love you.” “I know.” See now this line is so much more memorable to me in Return of the Jedi. When Leia returns the favor. I prefer that exchange to this one but this is amoung my favorites.

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  • AS'HOLELA said

    oBI wAN TO ANAKIN EPSIDODE 3:

    “you WERE the chosen one, it was said you would destroy the sith, not join em.”

    Very symbolic quote. an irony in itself. Indeed, in episode 6 anakin as darth vader did indeed destroy the sith (by throwing sidious down the pit), but IT WAS OBI WAN, WHO WAS MISTAKEN.
    Qui Gon was right after all.

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  • Jack Simmons said

    I still think there are some awesome quotes from Revenge of the Sith despite what others before me have said:

    “It will be done my lord” Clone Commanders during Order 66
    “Well then you are lost!” Obi-Wan to Anakin
    “Ironic isn’t it? He could save others from death, but not himself” Palpatine to Anakin
    “I am the Senate!” Palpatine to Windu
    “Execute Order 66″ Palpatine to Clone Commanders

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