Since it first took the world by storm in 1977, Stars Wars has gone on to become one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises in history. Through blockbuster movies, groundbreaking TV shows (including quotes from Obi Wan Kenobi Series), and a host of video games, books, and merchandise, Star Wars has firmly and irrevocably embedded itself in the zeitgeist.
Few things make that clearer than the fondness with which a Star Wars fan quote from it. And it’s not hard to see why—with whip-smart writing and truly memorable characters, Stars Wars is immensely quotable. In fact, it’s not too far out of this world for some of the best Star Wars quotes to pop up in everyday conversation.
To that end, from the pearls of wisdom that Yoda dispenses to all the many zingers, one-liners, and witticisms of the best scenes from Star Wars, here are the five best quotes from a galaxy far, far away. Plus, the collectibles you’ll get from our Star Wars subscription box.
#1 “The Force is Strong With This One”
Sometimes, the villains get the best lines. That’s certainly the case when it comes to the intergalactic dictator Darth Vader, who happens to be many things, including:
- Your father, if your name is Luke Skywalker
Well, we’ve all got our flaws, right? At the end of the day, Darth Vader isn’t just bad—he’s also responsible for uttering some of the best quotes from Star Wars. And this one, from “A New Hope,” really stands out.
When Darth Vader speaks these legendary words, he’s pursuing a Jedi X-Wing fighter who’s just tried to blow up the Death Star. But what Vader doesn’t know is that the pilot he’s after is his long-lost son, Luke Skywalker.
How’s that for situational irony?
#2 “Poe, Get Your Head Out of Your Cockpit”
When we first meet the smart and formidable Princess Leia in the series’ first installment, “A New Hope,” she’s the youngest Imperial Senator in history, a position she leverages to help the resistance. But by the time these delicious words fall from her lips, she’s leading the resistance as General.
It’s a position she’s earned over many years and many, many movies. For that reason, she’s not one to put up with mouthy fighter pilots who think they’re going to tell her what’s what. The fact that she emphasizes the classic line with a sharp slap across Poe’s face only helps make it one of the best quotes from Stars Wars.
#3 “Do or do not. There is no try.”
As perhaps the most legendary of all Jedi masters, Yoda is one of the Star Wars’ best characters. Though he’s only just over two feet tall, he’s full of endless reserves of wisdom and guidance. Among the best quotes from Star Wars movie franchise is this advice, given to Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.
What makes this Star Wars quote so impactful? It arrives at a crucial moment in the film, just before Luke uses his own Jedi powers to raise his downed fighter jet from the swamp. With those words, Master Yoda is able to unlock something in Luke that allows the young rebel to:
- Be more present
- Get in touch with his inner Jedi
Like many of the best Star Wars quotes, this Yoda quote is useful in our own galaxy. It’s a reminder of the importance of fully committing yourself to something you believe in.
#4 “Travelin’ Through Hyperspace Ain’t Like Dustin’ Crops, Boy”
Although he eventually perished in the innards of the Starkiller, Han Solo played by Harrison Ford was a model for us all and one of the most powerful Star Wars characters: a world-weary, self-obsessed starpilot who comes to learn the value of helping others.
But before seeing the light, Han Solo was a rapscallion with no shortage of quotable lines. This memorable one is a dig at Skywalker during a particularly tense moment. But hey, you should always think twice before telling a pilot how to fly his spaceship.
#5 “May the Force Be With You”
Of all the memorable quotes from Star Wars, this parting wish is easily the most recognizable, impactful, and the hands-down favorite.
Within the world of Star Wars story, this phrase is a blessing that’s used to wish another person:
- Good will
- Good luck
Importantly, the phrase also evokes the Force, the dual-sided, mystical power that orders the universe. Throughout the franchise, the quote is deployed at significant moments that play to our emotions and heighten its impact.
In fact, this Star Wars quote is so popular it’s taken over the calendar. Thanks to certain phonic similarities, “may the force be with you” has co-opted May the 4th as an informal day to celebrate all things Star Wars, almost 45 years after Luke Skywalker and company first graced the silver screen.
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