Sometimes the wisest people are those who are fictional — they do not even exist! One such example is Master Yoda.
A beloved character from the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas, Yoda first appeared in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. He played a vital role as a wise Jedi Master and the mentor of Luke Skywalker. Yoda has also had numerous cameos in various media, both in and out of the Star Wars franchise.
Master Yoda has become an icon in modern pop culture and there are few people in the world who do not recognize him. With an unusual manner of speech and his unique charm, Yoda managed to inspire and earn the affections of millions across the globe. Here are some of the wisest Yoda quotes that we can all learn from.
Top 20 Yoda Quotes That Will Enlighten You To Live Your Best Life
1. “Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.”
When our fears control us, it starts a chain reaction of negativity in our minds. Insecurities created by our fears cause us to become angry. In our rage, we begin to hate ourselves and project it onto others. And we all know that nothing good ever comes from hatred.
Fear is normal. We are all afraid of something. But that’s alright. There is nothing wrong with being scared. Talk about your fears with the people you trust. Face them rather than run from them. You will quickly realize that they hold no power over you.
2. “Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.”
Try to make every day a learning experience. You never know when even the most trivial of facts or skills can help you. Always remember: knowledge is power.
3. “Control, control, you must learn control!”
Life is full of things we have no power over. But there is one thing that you can control: yourself.
Self-discipline allows you to focus on and achieve your goals. It is not only about denying yourself of pleasures. Instead, self-control has more to do with setting our priorities straight. Because once we put in effort into controlling ourselves, success and harmony will be within our grasp.
4. “You think Yoda stops teaching, just because his student does not want to hear? A teacher Yoda is. Yoda teaches like drunkards drink, like killers kill.”
Criticism should not stop you from doing what defines you. Other people might try to change you to suit their own selfish desires. Ignore them. Be yourself because you are the only person whose opinion should matter to you.
5. “When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back.”
Based on a famous quote by Fredrick Nietzsche, it is an important lesson for us all. It warns us of the dangers we face when we struggle against our own ‘darkness’.
You see, the dark side is a metaphor for our own fears and shortcomings. Trying to push it down with force, only causes it to rebound and become stronger. That is how Anakin Skywalker turned into Darth Vader in the movies. He tried to resist the dark side by giving into anger.
In a manner, negativity is like quicksand. The more we panic, the faster we sink into it. Be calm. Be proactive instead of reactive. And never forget that every time you act out of fear or anger, you get closer to becoming what you despise.
6. “In the end, cowards are those who follow the dark side.”
Giving in to temptation or surrendering to our fears has always been much simpler than working towards our goals. And that is what Yoda’s quote is about.
Do not give up easily on your dreams just because you feel like quitting or because you are afraid of moving forward. Nothing worthwhile ever comes without effort.
7. “Patience you must have, my young padawan.”
Even the most promising things can fail if one does not have patience. Rushing into things almost always harms more than it helps. Be patient. Remember that even Rome was not built in a day.
8. “If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are… a different game you should play.”
Although you should never admit defeat easily, you should learn to recognize the times when you should quit. Because sometimes no matter how much effort you put into your work, you find yourself unable to move forward.
Learn to identify when you should quit and move on. Your time is too precious to be wasting on tasks that will never bear fruit.
9. “Wars not make one great.”
Violence, in all its forms, is a horrible thing. But often it comes almost naturally to us as human beings. And, according to Yoda, that is not a good thing.
Although being violent and aggressive feels empowering, it is just an illusion. It just turns us into bullies. And nobody likes bullies.
10. “Always pass on what you have learned.”
Knowledge should always be shared. Not only does it help others and gain you recognition, it also improves you. Exchanging ideas with peers allows you to learn something new and often provides you with inspiration when you are feeling low.
11. “In war, a danger there is, of losing who we are.”
The most horrifying fact about violence, however, is that it changes people – almost always for the worst. It transforms both the victims and the victimizers. An experiment by psychologist Phillip Zimbardo shed light on how much people could change after being placed in positions that only implied violence or lack of it.
Violence dehumanizes us. It can turn the sanest of people into sadists and often leaves permanent mental scars on its victims. We must always keep this in mind.
12. “Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”
There are many lessons that we can learn from children. They are confident, creative, and can find joy in even the smallest of things. But we often forget these traits as we grow older.
Try and reconnect with your inner child. The world has not changed as much as we think. It is only our perspective that has transformed. Once you realize that, you can regain some of the wonder that makes children so precious.
13. “You must unlearn what you have learned.”
To be stuck in our own ways is to reject progress. Wisdom is relative – and we should constantly question what we know and believe so that we can grow. And occasionally it means letting go of our old beliefs when all evidence points to them being wrong. There is no shame in admitting that sometimes we are wrong. Only by accepting this fact can we become better.
14. “Judge me by my size, do you?”
Measuring ourselves with our flaws instead of our strengths is a terrible habit. It devalues you as a person and makes you feel inferior when you really aren’t.
Remember your strengths when others try to judge you based on your shortcomings. Be like Master Yoda. Accept your own flaws and try to fix them when possible. But always identify yourself with your positive traits.
15. ““[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.”
We accept undesirable outcomes because we believe they cannot be changed. We undermine ourselves because we lack faith in our own abilities.
Sometimes it’s just our beliefs keeping us from success. The next time you find yourself doubting yourself, just stop. Think “Yes I can!” Shout it out aloud! You are much more capable than you believe yourself to be.
16. “Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”
We fear things because we do not understand them. But once we examine and make sense of our fears, they lose all power over us. Try to understand the things that scare you. Ask yourself, “Why does this make me afraid?” You will be surprised at how often fears reveal themselves to be nothing more than irrational inconveniences.
17. “Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.”
Most of us have been conditioned to believe that desire and attachments lead us to happiness. We think that having more money or buying new things will complete us. But that is not true at all.
The world is in constant change. Attachments are fleeting and loss is often inevitable. So desire and attachment will only lead us to suffering.
Cherish every moment and achievement in your life. Just because nothing lasts forever does not mean it makes everything worthless. On the contrary, it makes every moment and experience on this world precious!
18. “The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side.”
We all understand how difficult it is to accept the idea of loss. But when we fight against it, we only leave ourselves vulnerable to negativity. It is never easy to let go but it does not have to be hard either. Stop dwelling on what you stand to lose and accept that loss is an inevitable part of life. Relish what you possess and live in the present. Only then can you find happiness.
19. “Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future…”
Nobody can predict what the future holds for us. And dwelling on that uncertainty is a sure way to unhappiness and anxiety. Stop worrying about tomorrow. The only thing you accomplish by trying to find out what the future holds for you is ignore all the wonders the present holds for you.
20. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
If you want the best life has to offer, you must give your best to achieve it. Success and achievements are rarely accidents. Life may seem unfair at times and that is something we cannot control. What we can control is the amount of effort we put into overcoming the obstacles life throws our way.
Thus, there is no reason for us to be slacking off on our attempts at reaching our goals. It does not matter if you fail. Because, at least, you will be at peace knowing that you gave it your all.
It has been almost forty years since we were first introduced to Master Yoda. His fame has only grown more over the years – enough for Lucasfilms to consider making a spin-off movie focused on the lovable Jedi Master.
Master Yoda was and still is a teacher to many Star Wars fans. And that is no great surprise seeing how much wisdom hides in his uniquely odd quotes.
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