This week sees the release of the first Star Wars spin-off and, in advance of our stampede toward the cinema doors, we look back over the most moving, powerful, prescient and poignant quotes from the seven films that have gone before.
“When 900 years old, you reach… Look as good, you will not.”
“The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural.” –
“You don’t know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life”
“He’s holding a thermal detonator!”
“I sense great fear in you, Skywalker. You have hate… you have anger… but you don’t use them.”
“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky”
“Luke, you can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.”
“You can’t win, Darth. Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”
"It's a trap!"
"Aren't you a little short for a storm trooper?"
"Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder!"
“Mmm. Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing.”
“Lando’s not a system he’s a man!”
“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for...”
“Traveling through hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, farm boy.”
“If there's a bright centre to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from.”
“Fear is the path to the dark side.”
“Don't call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease.”
“Anakin, you’re breaking my heart! And you’re going down a path I cannot follow!”
"Master Kenobi, you disappoint me. Yoda holds you in such high esteem. Surely you can do better!”
“You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them.”
“At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.”
“I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.”
“Now, young Skywalker… you will die.”
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
“The Force is strong with you. A powerful Sith you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as Darth… Vader.”
"There's always a bigger fish."
"Hello. I don't believe we have been introduced. R2-D2? A pleasure to meet you. I am C-3PO, Human-Cyborg Relations."
"Ahh, hard to see, the Dark Side is."
"Good Anakin. Good. Kill him. Kill him now."
"General Grievous, you're shorter than I expected."
"Don't get technical with me. What mission? What are you talking about? I've just about had enough of you. Go that way, you'll be malfunctioning in a day you near-sighted scrap pile."
"Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
"Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan. Now that's a name I have not heard in a long time. A long time."
"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought."
"Laugh it up, Fuzz ball."
"Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1."
"No. I am your Father."
"I'm rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it appears that you are to be the main course at a banquet in my honour.
"Obi-Wan has taught you well."
"Oh my. Space travel sound rather perilous. I can assure you they will never get me on one of those dreadful Star Ships."
"One thing's for sure, we're all going to be a lot thinner."
"The force is strong with this one."
"Great shot kid, that was one in a million."
"I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."
"Remember...the Force will be with you, always."
"There is good in him. I've felt it."
"You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I am here to put you back on schedule."
"Luke, I don't want to lose you to the Emperor the way I lost Vader."
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force."