The entire Star Wars saga is built around the idea of hope. Without hope, we have nothing. George Lucas wanted his intergalactic saga of battle and betrayal and family and loss and good and bad to reflect that. That’s why, when it came to retitle the first movie to fit into the gargantuan DVD box set it was eventually a part of, he subtitled it Episode IV: A New Hope. A recurring theme throughout the whole movie is hope. The prequel trilogy ends with a loss of hope, so the original trilogy follows on from it with “a new hope.” Here are 10 Star Wars Quotes About Hope.
10 “We are the spark that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down.”
Based on this quote and a paraphrasing of it used in the opening crawl of The Last Jedi, some fans thought that the title of Episode IX would be revealed to be The Spark of Hope. Of course, it wasn’t – it’s called The Rise of Skywalker instead. But that doesn’t make Poe Dameron’s “spark” quote any less iconic. It might be the most memorable quote from the sequel trilogy so far, because it sums up the Star Wars saga’s core belief. It may take a couple of generations to bring down the bad guys, but what they’re doing in the beginning still matters, because it will have a ripple effect of hope and inspiration. Without them, nothing will happen.
9 “We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope!”
Felicity Jones’ character Jyn Erso is as great a beacon of hope as we’ve seen in the Star Wars saga. She may have just appeared in a side story in one of the “Anthology” movies, but what she did in that movie was integral to the Rebel Alliance’s quest to destroy the Empire. She was responsible for extracting the Death Star blueprints and getting them to the Rebels. From this, they were able to determine that there’s an air vent on top of the Death Star that leads straight to the reactor core. The rest, as they say, is fictional history.
8 “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be. The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned.”
Yoda is not sad to be dying in Return of the Jedi. He just tells Luke, “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will you be. The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned.” These are the final words of a hopeful character. Yoda isn’t upset with the state of the galaxy as he’s leaving it, because he knows he can trust the strong-willed kid that he just trained to set things right.
And then when bad things happen again and Luke becomes the old guy on his deathbed and the galaxy is in bad shape again, he can teach the next generation of Jedi to fix it, just like Yoda did. It’s the circle of life. It’s his time. He has hope that, in death, he’ll become a Force ghost and enjoy eternal life.
7 “That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love.”
While not fighting what you hate and instead saving what you love is the worst way to win a war, the ethos behind Rose Tico’s closing words in The Last Jedi is in keeping with the hopeful ideology of the Star Wars franchise. You do have to fight what you hate, because that’s literally what a war is. But you have to do that at the same time as saving what you love, with the latter taking priority over the former, because if you don’t protect those that are close to you, the bad guys will get them while your back is turned.
6 “In every corner of the galaxy, the downtrodden and oppressed know our symbol and they put their hope in it.”
This is Vice Admiral Holdo’s take on the classic Poe Dameron quote, “We are the spark that will light the fire that will burn the First Order down.” She rejects his premise at first and simply demands that he follow her orders. But she later catches the bug of his intrepid determination and sees clearly that they are a “spark.” She says, “We’re the very last of the Resistance. But we’re not alone. In every corner of the galaxy, the downtrodden and oppressed know our symbol and they put their hope in it. We are the spark that will light the fire that will restore the Republic. That spark, this Resistance, must survive. That is our mission. Now, to your stations, and may the Force be with us.”
5 “This is a new day, a new beginning.”
Okay, this is an Ahsoka Tano quote. It’s not from any of the movies. But in many cases, the animated TV shows have been more interesting and insightful than the movies. And especially in regards to hope, this quote has it down, because this is what hope is all about. It’s about looking forward, not looking back. Whatever terrible thing happened yesterday – whether the bad guys defeated the good guys in a battle or a planet was destroyed by a space station or your dad cut your hand off – it doesn’t matter, because today is a new day, and with that comes a new beginning.
4 “Never tell me the odds.”
Han Solo isn’t interested in the odds. If there’s a one percent chance of survival, he doesn’t want to know about it. He just wants to go in there, do what he has to do, and hope for the best outcome. And that’s just it: hope. That’s the driving force behind everything Han does, and it’s why he can relate to people like Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi without believing in any of that Force hokum. They all believe in hope. In Luke and Obi-Wan’s case, it’s the hope that balance can be restored to the galaxy. In Han’s case, it’s the hope that he’ll make it out of whatever situation he’s gotten himself into alive. It works on both counts.
3 “What is it they’ve sent us?” “Hope.”
At the end of Rogue One, (SPOILER ALERT!) all the new characters that we’ve come to know and love are wiped out in a catastrophic effort by the Empire to stop the Death Star plans from getting to Princess Leia on Tantive IV. But by then, it’s too late. They’ve accomplished their mission and Leia is up on the ship, receiving the plans.
Captain Raymus Antilles tells Leia, “Your Highness, the transmission we received.” He hands over the Death Star plans that have come through to Leia. Then he asks her, “What is it they’ve sent us?” Leia replies, “Hope.”
2 “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!”
This is the message that Princess Leia records onto R2-D2’s hard drive before sending him to an escape pod with C-3PO and being captured by Stormtroopers. Artoo and Threepio end up landing on Tatooine, having a falling-out, going their separate ways, getting captured by the same Jawas, and being sold – conveniently as a pair – to a farm boy who happens to be friends with Obi-Wan Kenobi. A lot in the plot of the original Star Wars movie relies on sheer coincidence, but then that’s what hope is all about. Leia records that message in the hope that it will make its way to Obi-Wan – and it does.
1 “The Force will be with you – always.”
Despite all the “midi-chlorians” nonsense that George Lucas crammed into the prequels, the Force is a feeling. It’s a spiritual notion that surrounds everyone in the galaxy. It is something that can be used for good and to bring peace, as the Jedi have done, or used for evil and to create destruction and disorder, as the Sith have done. Maintaining the balance of the Force is an uphill battle, and one that is never fully won, as Luke Skywalker learned the hard way. But that doesn’t mean the Jedi should give up, as Luke suggested, because then the Sith just win. The battle should continue to be fought – and that’s where hope comes in handy.