In five of the first six “Star Wars” movies, Jedi Master Yoda says several things throughout the films that resonate in the films. They are life lessons that can also be applied to daily life. Here are ten important life lesson quotes to think about every day.
1. “Death is a natural part of life.”
One of the few things that Yoda told to Anakin and not to Luke on this list, but it is still important. It’s hard to lose someone, the thing you must do is to remember the people you have lost. You must also cherish those that are around you, and be thankful to have great people in your life.
2. “Judge me by my size, do you?”
It does not matter what you are talking about, size is not important. Luke believes that the X-wing is too heavy to lift out of the swamp. Due to Yoda’s size, he does not accept this excuse. Yoda does not make excuses about being too small, therefore does not accept any size complaints from his trainees.
3. “Patience you must have, my young padawan.”
Patience is a virtue and a lot of people would benefit from having some. If they had any, just a little, it would make their lives so much easier.
4. “Control, control, you must learn control!”
You must be able to not let things get under your skin. It may be hard not to, but if you want to succeed, you must. Keeping a clear head is vital. Think things out before acting, and you will be proud of the results.
5. “You will only find what you bring in.”
This quote is sort of like “You get what you give”. Whatever your outlook is, is what you can expect from the world. People who are negative will have it tough, whereas positive people often have it much easier. Good things happen to negative people and bad things happen to positive people, but it is powerful to be positive. The people in your life will react to your attitude and treat you the same way that you treat them.
6. “Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.”
When Yoda tells Luke this, it is to remind him that a Jedi is not a Jedi for the glory. There is a lot of risk, danger involved to do the very important job. Something that Luke learns towards the end of the movie when he finally goes up against Vader.
7. Luke: “I can’t believe it.” Yoda: “That is why you fail.”
When you are negative, and believe you will fail, then that is what you will do. It is hard to succeed with such a negative outlook.
8. “You must unlearn what you have learned.”
This means that you must be able to keep an open mind and approach certain things in a new way, even if it means turning your back on something that you have been taught to do.
9. “Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.”
This quote talks about how destructive fear can be, and the things that it can lead to. Besides believing in yourself, fearing things is also a very important thing to not do. Fear can eat you up. Just look at Anakin, fear was the original reason that Yoda decided not to have Anakin trained in the first place. And he wound up murdering an entire village of children.
10. “Do or do not, there is no try.”
This is a no excuses lesson that Yoda bestows upon Luke. You cannot just attempt something, but rather you must put everything you have into whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. It is not enough to just try. You must succeed or fail.
So much of what Yoda tells Luke (or Anakin or really anyone in the movies) has to do with how you mentally perceive the world in which you live. The majority of his quotes, talk about how much of a mental game life is. When you are learning the ways of the force, you need to know all that there is to know about being patient, having control, and staying positive.