I have this bad habit whenever someone is watching one of the Original Trilogy Star Wars films. I really can’t help it. It just comes natural. But I’m sure it makes my family want to pull the ears off a gundark.
You see, whenever the movie is playing, I say the character’s line immediately before he/she/it says it in the movie. This is especially true when we’re watching A New Hope.
I really can’t help it. I’ve been doing it for years. You see, this is what happens when your Grandmama and Grandpa record the CBS worldwide network premiere of Star Wars and let you watch it over and over and over again. When I quote Star Wars (A New Hope), it reminds me of when I would used to sit in my grandparents’ Family Room with their bright red carpet and watch it on repeat. And then I get all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic. And then I just can’t stop myself. I have to say the line before they say it.
It’s just the way things are.
I know. Some things are meant to change. But this is a lot like the Han Solo vs. Greedo confrontation in the cantina on Tatooine. No matter how much you try to change things with computer graphics and special effects, Han always has and always will shoot first.
It’s just the way it is. And no matter how much I try, I will always find myself quoting from the Original Star Wars Trilogy. While I try to refrain from quoting the movie during the movie, I still find myself sprinkling my regular, everyday conversations with Star Wars quotes. It’s a natural extension, wouldn’t you think?
A few years ago, I shared seven lines from Star Wars that I love to use in real life situations. I still use those quotes frequently. But I don’t stop there. Here are eight more lines I love to use from Star Wars.
8 lines I love to quote from Star Wars
1.) “Who’s scruffy lookin’?” – Han Solo
I may or may not say this when I look in the mirror in the morning. Especially when I haven’t shaved in a few days. Who hasn’t?
2.) “I guess you don’t know everything about women yet.” – Princess Leia
OK. In real life, I generally say it this way: “I guess I don’t know everything about women yet.” Because I don’t. And every time I think I’m close to having something figured out, I get a little nice curve ball.
Can I get an Amen?
3.) “No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Master Yoda
Much like when Vader says “No. I am your father,” this line from Yoda gets misquoted all.the.time. Since I’m kind of a jerk sometimes when it comes to Star Wars, I find myself muttering the correct quote under my breath. Sometimes I’ve outright corrected people. But not very often. Because I might be a Star Wars jerk. But I’m not that big of a jerk. Am I?
But Yoda’s right.
Most of the time, anyway. Within the context of the conversation he’s having with Luke, he’s right on target. Luke is convinced that he isn’t going to be able to lift his x-wing out of the swamp. So he says a half-hearted “Alright, I’ll give it a try.”
Yoda is right in calling him out here. Sometimes giving it the old college try is all you can do. But when you know someone isn’t even coming close to reaching his or her potential, they need a challenge. The old college try isn’t good enough. Do. Or do not. There is no “try.”
4.) “Your overconfidence is your weakness.” – Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
We live in a world that celebrates self-determination, cockiness, and brashness. This leads to overconfidence. Just look at the politicians we elect, the celebrities we follow, and the actions we endorse. Overconfidence is alive and well in our society. Many see it as a strength. Luke says it is a weakness.
Luke is right.
Confidence – the belief in one’s on abilities to succeed (per Psychology Today) – is most definitely a strength. You need confidence when you’re walking into an interview. You need confidence when you step up to the free throw stripe when the game is on the line. And you need confidence when you’re staring down a pitcher, waiting for your opponent to hurl that perfect pitch so you can crush it. Confidence is necessary. Overconfidence?
That’s most definitely a weakness. And it can create all kinds of havoc.
5.) “You don’t know the POWER…” – Darth Vader
There’s no real reason behind this one. I just like saying it.
6.) “I gave a bad feeling about this.” – Han, Luke, Leia, almost everyone
It’s a line that’s said in every entry into the Star Wars saga. Whether you’re Force-sensitive or not, this line is obviously a helpful thing to say whenever you’re taking a risk. It’s a good way to straddle the fence. You don’t explicitly say that you think the task is going to fail, but if it does happen to fail, you can step back and say “See? I told you I had a bad feeling about this.”
7.) “We’ve spotted Imperial Walkers.” – Trey Callum at Echo Station 3-T8
I say this every time we have an ice storm in central Indiana. Because it feels like I’m living on Hoth.
I know. I’m pretty creative. And then I usually follow it up by saying something about how we’re having trouble adapting our Speeders to the cold or something about having to go out on Tauntauns. I usually end my discussion about how the surrounding ice and snow make me feel like I’m on Hoth by announcing on social media that Imperial Troops have entered the base.
You know you want to post something similar on social media the next time you’re stuck in a snowstorm.
Go ahead. You have my permission. Not that you need it.
8.) “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by size do you? And where you should not…” – Master Yoda
Someone once told me that “Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off the prize.” While I’m not sure I agree with it 100% of the time, its point it much like Yoda’s – focus on what can be done, not what cannot. After all, big things are known to come in small packages.
I just can’t help myself.
I’ve been quoting Star Wars movies for over three decades. I just can’t help sprinkling the phrases into my every day conversation. What about you? Is there a movie you love to quote all the time? If not, I highly recommend giving the Original Trilogy a try.