Whether you grew up watching Star Wars or have never seen an episode in your life, everyone across several generations can share in the themes, characters and quotes laid in the foundation of the wildly popular films. You don’t have to know a thing about the saga to know characters like Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, and Yoda.
George Lucas has created arguably, the most successful cinematic empire of all time, and one thing I especially appreciate about the films are how closely some of the most famous Star Wars one-liners, echo scripture.
On this fourth day of May, we recognize the Star Wars one-liners that can be used every day. Because sometimes the simplest statement can have a lasting impression.
Share these 10 Star Wars Quotes that are backed by script with a Star Wars fan today!
1. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
In the wise words of Yoda, this small dose of tough love is the perfect quip for when someone needs an extra boost of motivation. It also echoes this verse we see in Revelation: “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
2. “Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s voice of reason is one for pretty much any circumstance. On the more serious end of the spectrum, this short but sweet advice could be used to steer someone away from lustful desires, or false intent. On the more day-to-day end of things, this Star Wars quote echoes what my mother always said when we attended a potluck: “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.”
However you may take it, I think 1 John 2:16 sums it up pretty nicely: “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
3. “The ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”
Boy isn’t that the truth! Qui-Gon Jinn was definitely onto something here. Some may call it wisdom, others might call it common sense. Whatever the case, this Star Wars quote rings true of several scriptural references. Just flip through the book of Proverbs if you don’t believe me!
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
“The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11)
4. “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Yoda’s words of wisdom are perfect for when you find yourself falling into a trap of fear, anger or hatred. Often, these emotions are rooted in faulty communication. Remember the wise words of Yoda, and when in doubt, flip to Proverbs 10:12: “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
5. “Sometimes we must let go of our pride and do what is requested of us.”
I don’t recommend using this one on your wife when it’s time to make dinner, but Padme’s advice holds truths of sacrifice, humility, and submission that are supported by faith and scripture.
“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Proverbs 13:10)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
6. “Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.”
Han Solo’s take on a warning against pride is a perfect Star Wars quote for everyday life. Who hasn’t accomplished something and immediately gotten a big head about it. Solo nips that junk right in the bud, as does the prophet, Jeremiah.
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
7. “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”
I feel like if we wanted to get REAL deep with this Yoda quote, it could go a number of different ways. In using it in your everyday life, it could be something as simple as replacing “you are what you eat” with this little green character’s words of wisdom. In other cases, you could literally school someone who has begun down the destructive path of harmful decisions. Thankfully, unlike this Star Wars quote, our future in Christ is not determined by our dark past. Still, our decisions now do SHAPE our future, and the trials and consequences we may face on our own accord.
“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.” (1 Samuel 15:23)
8. “In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.”
Obi-Wan for another win. You may use this Star Wars quote to respond to someone encouraging you with the phrase “good luck.” Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or not, the Biblical parallel here is easy to see. With God there is no luck, just pure faith, and blessings that pour out from it.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
9. “Somebody has to save our skins.”
Princess Leia knows what’s up. Probably deep in a crisis of galaxies far far away, the bold reign proves that even the most powerful rulers need saving. Of course, we know that whether you live in a palace with servants and maids, or on a farm in Greene County, Virginia, every soul on earth needs someone to “save our skins.” And ultimately save us FROM our sins.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
10. “Well done, my good and faithful Jedi”
If you’re like me and see your kids as your own personal Jedis that you get to raise and shape and form, you might find yourself saying this Star Wars quote in proud moments. It’s unlikely, but still, this wildly popular quote is the most obvious parallel to scripture in that it is LITERALLY Luke 19:17, with the change of one word: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Ironically enough, Luke Skywalker is the one who quoted this notable quip.