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20 Powerful Yoda Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Force

These timeless Yoda quotes will awaken the Force within you.

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Yoda in Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)Photo: Lucasfilm/Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock

Wisdom for the ages

The best advice can sometimes come from your parents, an old friend, or even a 900-year-old emerald master from a galaxy far, far away. Master Yoda is arguably one of the greatest teachers in cinematic history. His sage advice and gentle teaching techniques can transcend all generations.

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Let it go

In this Yoda quote, the Jedi master teaches us to let it go, much like Frozen’s Elsa. Learning to let go of attachment can be therapeutic. Instead of your fears, focus on your goals.

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Just do it

In The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda encourages the doubtful Luke Skywalker to trust in his own abilities and give himself over to the Force. It’s a very wise statement to focus on the present and put your best efforts first.

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The student becomes the teacher

This Yoda quote comes from Return of the Jedi, when, on his deathbed, he urges Luke to share his teachings with others. This is a foreshadowing to The Last Jedi when we learn that Luke did indeed become a Jedi trainer.

Indeed, the world would be a better place if we all shared our knowledge, including the lighter things in life, like these Star Wars jokes.

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Size doesn’t matter

Ignore what society has taught us about size; great things come in all packages. Don’t prejudge how strong, smart, or kind someone may be based on how they look.

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Peace be with you

This phrase is uttered countless times through the Star Wars saga. Saying to someone, “May the force be with you” is much like shaking hands at church saying, ‘Peace be with you.” It’s a gesture of goodwill to encourage others to always have faith. Taking a moment and wishing someone positive energy can be very rewarding. Need more nice things to say to each other?

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Have faith

This Yoda quote is in response to Luke Skywalker’s amazement at watching the pint-sized Jedi power lift his ship up from the swampy waters of Dagobah by using the Force. Luke exclaims, “I don’t believe it.” Yoda tells him that if he chooses to not believe and lack hope, he will fail every time.

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We are more than our bodies

Here the Jedi master is saying don’t worry about your body as we are all connected in the universe. However, this doesn’t give you permission to eat that extra doughnut!

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The power of yes

Basically Yoda is saying, “Stop being a Debbie Downer!” Instead of focusing on the negative, shift your mind to harness the power of yes. Believe in yourself and change your mindset to believing that you can accomplish anything you set your sights on.

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Anger Management 101

Sometimes we have impulses to do bad things. Once, you start acting on these impulses it can lead down a path of destruction, Yoda cautions.

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Patience is the key

Yoda grows frustrated with Luke when training him to be a Jedi. This Yoda quote teaches us that in order to learn we must have patience.

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Learn some mind tricks of your own

Yoda says this while training Luke Skywalker on becoming a Jedi. While we can’t control what happens to us, we can learn to control our mind and emotions.

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Think twice

Yoda is all about telling it like it is: If you choose to do bad things and avoid making good choices you will risk becoming a dark tortured soul.

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Meet your teacher, Ms. Failure

This Yoda quote from The Last Jedi is delivered by Yoda’s “ghost” as he encourages Luke Skywalker to do what all of us should do, learn from our mistakes.

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Never attack

Much like martial arts, Jedi skills are to be used in self-defense only, not out of aggression or for personal gain.

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The Force flows

So you want to be a Jedi? You’ll need to learn to tap into your own inner strength, first.

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Kids are people, too

Children are young and inexperienced but often they can see more clearly than adults. Yoda teaches us that there’s something to be learned from the innocence of a child in Attack of the Clones.

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A blank slate

Luke didn’t have a perfect childhood; he never knew his parents, he grew up a moisture farmer, and his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru were killed by Stormtroopers who were looking for him.

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"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."Shutterstock,

Fear factor

Being afraid is not in Yoda’s handbook. The Galaxy is an infinite place and there’s no time to be afraid.

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Calm down

A short impulsive temper doesn’t help anyone succeed in relationships or in life. Staying calm and showing restraint is a learned technique that anyone can benefit from.

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Give peace a chance

Hundreds of years of studying and witnessing many years of war, Yoda is able to understand that compassion and understanding are what make people strong.

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