Today in this post, we feature 39 of Yoda's famous quotes that encourage you to actually take action rather than just try to do something.
I’m not a great moviegoer, but even if you are like me, you must have heard the odd wise saying of the little winkly guy from Star Wars, Yoda. I was at a client’s office the other day and we agreed on a specific action point that warranted making it into a calendar event, so it wasn’t forgotten. My client proudly added her new calendar reminder alarm to the event, which was Yoda saying:
“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”
We both thought it amusing, but there was also real meaning behind it, which resonated with my client. How often have we all said, “I’ll try” when asked to do something? But the fact is, either you will do it… or you won’t. There really is no “trying” as Yoda has pointed out. Either you will make that phone call… or you won’t. Either you will learn that computer program… or you won’t. There is no “in between”, which “trying” implies. My client says she procrastinates a bit (don’t we all) and uses this saying of Yoda to help her commit to action.
So it got me thinking, what other wise sayings of Yoda are out there and what could they mean in business life?
“[Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.”
Meaning: Ever said, or heard someone say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” If everyone followed this mantra, nothing would be invented. Everything that you see that’s been created didn’t exist at one point in time. Someone had to have a vision of it, believe they could produce it, then set to work making it happen. They believed it first… then worked at it until they succeeded.
“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”
Meaning: Understand your fear, then the fear will disappear. Question why you have that fear. Where did it come from? In other words, don’t try to conquer it, but shine a light on it and examine it closely. Not a confident speaker? Accept that this is a real problem and look to make small changes in your skill base to slowly improve your technique in public speaking. Any skill can be learned. Lack of skills may result in you having an unrealistic fear.
“Always in motion is the future.”
Meaning: Nothing ever stands still. Everything is always changing… always. You can try to imagine some future event, but by the time that “future” appears as now, it has changed because other factors have affected it.
“But when the day comes that even old Yoda does not learn something from his students-then truly, he shall be a teacher no more.”
Meaning: No matter how smart you may think you are, you will always have more to learn. Commit to on-going learning in business. Read a book rather than watching TV. If you look to pick up 1 new business skill per week, you have more than 50 new business skills within a year. Also remember, sometimes the best teachers come from unexpected sources. That may be your staff, so be open to suggestions on ways to do thing better.
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
Andy – The Trades Coach
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Feeling hopeless? Yoda can help.
Life is about constant change; there is no denying that it is oftentimes unbearable, but think of the old metaphor of pulling off a band-aid: at first it hurts like crazy, but eventually, it heals and feels better than before.
In life, in order to move forward, we must let go of everything that is holding us back, and perhaps these clichés are meant to help us accept this.
Regardless of what you're going through, the solution is easier than you think — once you take that first step forward. If you're already determined to take that step forward, you're ahead of most people.
This is your life, though, and you're in no competition. However, if you want to take back control of the life that is already in your hands, you must first accept that the past is gone and resolve to take that first step forward.
Ironically, Star Wars might offer that motivation. Yoda is extremely wise; if you've ever watched Star Wars, you'd know that he offers more wisdom applicable to real life than you'd initially be led on to believe.
The 'acceptance and moving on' quotes range from accepting the loss of loved ones, the removal of fear, the acceptance that you're not perfect, and the list goes on.
But whatever you're going through, there has to be a quote or two that will inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and heal. It is imperative that you understand the importance of feeling the pain, accepting it, and deciding that it has been going on for far too long.
You will then come to the conclusion that it is time to take that first step forward in order to heal.
I know it is more difficult than it sounds, but I promise that once you rip off that band-aid, the pain following the initial shock will be a lot weaker than you think. And you will find that it's been a long time coming, that you should have let go of that past, accepting that it was, but that life will go on.
Whether you're harboring a past full of shame and regret, going through a difficult breakup filled with hate for said person, or even unhappy with the current state of your life, it will get better.
And it's all in that first step.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.
"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." — Yoda
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.” — Yoda
“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” — Yoda
“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” — Yoda
“In this war, a danger there is, of losing who we are.“ — Yoda
"Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is." — Yoda
When you look at the dark side, careful you must be... for the dark side looks back. — Yoda
"You must unlearn what you have learned." — Yoda
"If into the security recordings you go, only pain will you find." — Yoda
"Always in motion the future is." — Yoda
"Hmm. In the end, cowards are those who follow the dark side." — Yoda
"Feel the force!" — Yoda
"Much to learn you still have…my old padawan. … This is just the beginning!" — Yoda
"A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was." — Yoda
"Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view." — Yoda
"On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain." — Yoda
"Named must your fear be before banish it you can." — Yoda
"You will find only what you bring in." — Yoda
Inspiration don’t always have to come from real-life people. We often find ourselves inspired by characters that live in the realms of the books we read, the movies we watch, the games we play…
And while our beloved characters may have stemmed from their author’s vision, they are often anchored in real-life experiences and bear the wisdom of the person that served as inspiration for the character. Most great stories have a message that transcends into real life, passing on valuable lessons from complex and wise characters. Who better than Yoda to stand as proof of that?
Grand Jedi Master Yoda conquered us all with his kindness, his soothing and trustworthy voice, his limitless (and kindly shared) wisdom and, of course, his charmingly funny way of speaking. Not to mention: who wouldn’t regain their confidence after seeing such a tiny creature beat the hell out of the Dark Side followers?
Here are 19 full of wisdom Yoda quotes to keep you on the Light Side of the Force and bring out the best in you. May the Force be with you!
Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.
Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.
In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
Patience you must have, my young padawan.
When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.
Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.
A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.
No! Try not! Do or do not, there is no try.
Judge me by my size, do you?
Wars not make one great.
Clear your mind must be, if you are to find the villains behind this plot.
Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.
Always pass on what you have learned.
Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.
To answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not.
In this war, a danger there is, of losing who we are.
Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.
In the end, cowards are those who follow the dark side.
So certain were you. Go back and closer you must look.
Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back.
You will find only what you bring in.
Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future…
If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are… a different game you should play.
Control, control, you must learn control!
Flavia Medrut is a freelance writer, researcher and part-time psychologist. She believes music, long walks and a good sense of humor are imperative in keeping one’s sanity. Kindness and kittens make her heart melt.
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Since his first unorthodox introduction to the world in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Yoda had become a worldwide symbol of infinite wisdom. He’s not only identified as a character in the Star Wars franchise, but an icon in the world of science fiction.
To date, Yoda is one of the most recognized – and beloved – movie characters in history.
There’s a running joke in the entertainment industry that when the character’s inimitability is greater than anything, the simplest way to avoid questions is to not give answers.
Yoda, the two-foot-tall Jedi, is one of the most important characters in the cinematic world. While everyone who “speaks” the Star Wars language knows of Yoda, no one really “dgrw”knows” the green guy.
Even being one of the most recognized characters in Star Wars, Yoda remains to be one of the most mysterious characters in sci-fi. Hardly any details were given about Yoda. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars franchise, once said that Yoda’s ambiguous background was intentional.
No one really knows where he came from or from what planet he originated. Lucas felt that exploring Yoda’s history and writing it all down to make it “official” would defeat the purpose of its enigma.
The creation of Yoda was a massive risk. The making of The Empire Strikes Back was a chaotic time. It was touch-and-go if the movie would be completed at all.
Yoda’s distinctiveness was one of the many chances the production took. Yoda, an important character, was a non-human. In fact, it wasn’t even played by an actor in the traditional way.
But the production’s leap of faith was rewarded. The concept became a remarkable film reality. Over the years, he has been enshrined as one of the most beloved movie characters. Story-wise, Yoda was the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy. He was also the wisest.
Stuart Freeborn was the make-up artist who was assigned to create Yoda. During the 1221/stuart-freeborn/”creation process, he would often look in a mirror. Freeborn used his own reflection to inspire the final look of the Master Jedi.
When Freeborn started sketching and sculpting Yoda, he accentuated and exaggerated some of his own features. He used his balding scalp and his defined wrinkles and laugh lines. Freeborn also drew inspiration from his pointed chin to create the non-human character.
As per the renowned make-up artist, Yoda’s upper lip was the only part of the character that wasn’t based on his facial features. Interestingly, he used Albert Einstein‘s mouth. Freeborn removed Einstein’s famous mustache and ported the latter’s upper lip on Yoda’s face.
That move was a deliberate one. Freeborn wanted to trigger a subconscious connection between Einstein’s wisdom and the audience. Thus, making Yoda seem wise and brilliant, even before he opened his mouth to speak.
Can you imagine reading an article entitled Buffy, but it has nothing to do with the famous vampire slayer? Instead, the article is all about the most powerful Jedi Master.
Lucas originally named the non-human character as Buffy. Thankfully, Leigh Bracket, the screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, changed Buffy to Minch Yoda. On her final draft, she dropped “Minch” completely.
So, “Buffy” became Yoda. Rightfully so, especially when taken into account the fact that in Sanskrit, Yoda means “a warrior.”
Yoda wore plenty of hats in the order of the Jedi. He managed tons of important roles too.
Yoda was the Grand Master of the Jedi High Council. He was also once the Master of the Order. During the Clone Wars, he was a Jedi General. He had proven his indispensability with his skill and talent as a warrior and tactician.
Yoda was also the master of the sword. In terms of using a lightsaber, he was one of – if not the most – skilled Jedi of all time. Also, his skills in manipulating the Force was unequaled. Only a few Jedi could fight with him on equal terms.
The green Jedi was also known for his gift in telekinesis. At one point, he lifted and carried an X-Wing. On more than one occasion, he telekinetically made two C-9979 landing crafts clash with one another. Even the Master of Telekinesis, Darth Tyranus, was unable to defeat his gift.
Yoda also has extrasensory perception. He foresaw – in clear details – future events. He would even feel the death of an individual from all around the galaxy. He was trained to become one with the Force without losing his identity even after his death.
But most of all, Yoda was known for imparting wisdom using his unique fragmentation of the English language. Here are 40 of his best quotes:
“No longer certain, that one ever does win a war, I am. For in fighting the battles, the bloodshed, already lost we have. Yet, open to us a path remains.”
“Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.”
“Wrong? Hmm. A long time, fought I did. Consumed by fear, I was, though see it I did not.”
“Patience you must have my young padawan.”
“A challenge lifelong it is, not to bend fear into anger.”
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not.”
“Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is.”
“Faith in your new apprentice, misplaced may be. As is your faith in the dark side of the Force.”
“To answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not. In this war, a danger there is, of losing who we are.”
“Reckless he is. Matters are worse.”
“Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.”
“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future…”
“I was not strong enough to defeat him. Like his master before him, be destroyed, he must.”
“Control, control, you must learn control!”
“Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered.”
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
“On many long journeys have I gone. And waited, too, for others to return from journeys of their own. Some return; some are broken; some come back so different only their names remain.”
“Soon will I rest, yes, forever sleep. Earned it I have. Twilight is upon me, soon night must fall.”
“Save them we must. They are our last hope.”
“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hm?”
“Clear your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind this plot.”
“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.”
“You will find only what you bring in.”
“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.”
“Already know you that which you need.”
“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. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you…me…the tree…the rock…everywhere!”
“When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back.”
“Oh. Great warrior. Wars not make one great.”
“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future… the past. Old friends long gone.”
“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”
Each of his quotes is pure wisdom. Here is a collection of my personal top 10 Yoda quotes. I believe it helps to integrate those wise words into.