It begins and ends with the Force!
In 1977, the epic movie Star Wars: A New Hope was released. It was an instant hit which featured amazing characters and became a part of an ever-expanding science fiction universe. That film franchise has spanned 40 years. And it introduced us to an awesome inspiring Force from “…A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….”
The storyline of Star Wars includes amazing heroes and brutal villains. The plot is interwoven with powerful elements of both real and imagined history and a new kind of mysticism.
Most of all the first Star Wars introduced the world to the Force. The mysterious Force is spiritual, metaphysical and omnipresent. This is a cosmic energy that flows through all life and is comparable to a myriad of major religions.
When the Force is harnessed correctly it unleashes extraordinary power and the Jedi’s become unbeatable heroes of the light. When the Sith and other bad guys try to manipulate the Force, things get very dark, very fast.
Star Wars Quotations
“Your focus determines your reality.” Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well, you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force…as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Obi-Wan Kenobi, A New Hope
“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” Yoda, Revenge of the Sith
“Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.” Yoda, Return of the Jedi
“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware: Anger, fear, aggression – the Dark Side, are they.” Yoda, Return of the Jedi
“When you look at the darkside, careful you must be. For the darkside looks back.” Yoda, Return of the Jedi
“I used to wonder about that myself. Thought it was a bunch of mumbo jumbo. A magical power holding together good and evil, the dark side and the light. Crazy thing is…it’s true. The Force, the Jedi. All of it. It’s all true.” Han Solo, The Force Awakens
“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.” Yoda, Return of the Jedi
“The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.” Darth Vader, A New Hope
The Star Wars movies and the Force have become a part of our consciousness. They are reflected by two generations of popular culture. It is the place where light and dark meet and merge. It is a place where you wish someone “good luck” by saying, “May the Force be with you.”