Since the premiere of its first film in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has become nothing less than a cultural institution that boasts fans from generation to generation. From a very young age, children are entranced by the wonder and imagination behind the Star Wars universe and quickly become lifelong fans. Thus, it should be no surprise that this film series features some of the most inspirational quotes that you can find anywhere. The following includes the 10 most inspirational quotes from the six current Star Wars movies, though Disney’s purchase of the franchise and intention to add to the canon as the years pass promises many more inspirational moments to come.
10. “There’s always a bigger fish.”
While the fanfare leading up to the release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was immense, the film has gained a reputation among fans as being the weakest of either trilogy to date.
Despite being a disappointment to many, The Phantom Menace does have a few memorable moments, and one of them comes when a young Obi-Wan Kenobi finds himself in an underwater submarine-cum-spaceship piloted by Qui-Gon Jin, whose character was a sage Jedi from the golden age of the Old Republic. The wizened Qui-Gon says the above line when a great sea behemoth eats a pursuing fish and saves them from destruction in the process.
Qui-Gon’s words can be helpful to remember that wherever we find ourselves in life, there is always a “bigger fish.” No matter how crazy your job, your family, or your own success might seem, the nature of life is that it is a continually evolving entity. We tend to think that we know it all until we’ve reached a peak, only to be reminded that there’s still another larger summit left to scale.
9. “When 900 years old, you reach… look as good, you will not.”
As Yoda reaches the end of his days in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, this famous quote is one of the final things that he says to his young charge Luke Skywalker, who has returned to Dagobah to complete his training. Yoda's words are a tongue-in-cheek way of acknowledging the pitfalls of advanced age.
Fans find inspiration in this line because humor should be retained in old age. Even as life puts obstacle after obstacle in our way as we grow older, keeping our sense of humor about us allows us to face these challenges with a positive attitude and with a smile on our faces.
In the end, we can only hope to be as humorous in our own old age as the sage Yoda was.