Yoda Tells Us About Jedi Life With Star Wars Quotes

Yoda Teaches You How to Be a Good Jedi

Jedi Master Yoda From Star Wars
Jedi Master Yoda From Star Wars. Credit: Tim Whitby / Stringer/Getty Images

Each Star Wars quote on this page provides a unique and profound lesson about life. These quotations inspire, teach, and advise you on how to deal with everyday situations. Add them to your self-help notes and use every Star Wars quote to enrich your life. In particular, I like Yoda’s quotes.

Philosophy in Star Wars

The Star Wars movie was a landmark film series in recorded history because it gave birth to a philosophy, which is now popularly known as Jedism or the Jedi way of life. The popularity of Jedi beliefs was so great that a cult religion was formed with a temple that follows the doctrine of Jedi life. The Jedi order and the Temple of Jedi Order make the cult group even more relevant.

What's the Jedi Way of Life?

According to the Jedi experts, which consists of polymaths value wisdom and balance of life. You see a beautiful blend of three Eastern religious philosophies in the Jedi order. Taoism, the Chinese philosophy, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism, a Persian way of life have influenced the Jedi philosophy of life. Yoda, the master of Jedi followers, was the epitome of the Jedi way of living. Yoda understood and respected the concept of duality or the balance of good and evil. He understood the dark side of the Force and its impact on the mind. His quotes, however grammatically incorrect they may seem, contain a wealth of wisdom.

Anger, fear, aggression... the dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.

Yoda warns young Luke of the seductive, strong attraction of the dark forces. As he is about to die, he leaves behind a word of warning before Luke succumbs to the temptation of the dark side.

When 900 years you reach, look as good, you will not.

When Yoda prepares to fight Stacey, Stacey remarks that he looks rather old to fight. Yoda reminds her that he is 900 years old.

Death is a natural part of life. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy.

You can see that this philosophy is inspired by Buddhism. Just like the Buddhists believe in attaining nirvana through non-attachment, the Yoda also espouses the same belief. Yoda shows the world that life and death are the eternal balance of nature. What must be born, must also die. In this philosophy, you find that life is greater than living itself.

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.

Again a wonderful Buddhist philosophy of non-attachment. Fear stems from the desire to possess. When you don't have an attachment to anything, including life itself, you are able to conquer your fear. Overcoming failure through conquering fears is the fundamental lesson for all those who aspire to achieve extraordinary greatness. 

Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.

Yoda, who has lived for many centuries has obviously seen more of this world than any other mortal. For this reason, this quote carries a deeper meaning than the obvious one. When he claims that the future is in motion, he probably alludes to the chaos theory propounded by Edward Lorenz. According to the Chaos theory, the future is determined by the actions in the present. So, in effect, as we make decisions and move along the path in the present, the future gets altered to adapt to the changing conditions.

Here are 10 more thought-provoking quotes from Yoda. Get a glimpse of his wisdom through these quotes.

  • Always pass on what you have learned.
  • You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
  • Luke: I can’t believe it. Yoda: That is why you fail.
  • If you end your training now — if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did — you will become an agent of evil.
  • Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.
  • A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
  • Wars not make one great.
  • Clear your mind must be, if you are to discover the real villains behind this plot.
  • You must unlearn what you have learned. 
  • Luke: What's in there? Yoda: Only what you take with you.