Aug 19, 2013

14 great Obi Wan Kenobi quotes from Star Wars

alec guiness as obi wan
Strike me down...
Obi Wan Kenobi Quotes from the Star Wars films.

When Star Wars was first released way back in 1977 it seemed an unlikely space adventure but it soon stuck a chord with a million fans around the world. Part of its appeal beyond light sabres and space ships was the character of the Jedi Master known as Obi Wan Kenobi. 

A New Hope saw the introduction of a seemingly a tired old man who needed to get Luke Sykwalker from Mos Eisley to Alderaan. ‘Old Ben’ proved to be have been one of the key Jedi in the history of their time – Kenbobi had actually unwittingly been caught up in the Sith’s plans to take over the Republic, fought the Clone Wars and nearly killed Vader (well, he thought he had left him for dead). 

Originally played by Sir Alec Guinness, his acting skills earned him a Best Supporting Oscar nomination and decades later the younger prequel version by Ewan MacGregor brought new life to the character by showing his Jedi chops against a couple of Sith Lords and Clone Armies.

Guinness and MacGregor both brought different elements of the character to their roles and fans will argue over who did what better but they both delivered some classic lines and quotes. Here's my favourite quotes – not necessarily the most popular ones.

We’ll start with several quotes from A New Hope.  

"And these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only imperial storm troopers are so precise"

Mocked by many fans for being very incorrect as the original trilogy showed the Clone troopers were pretty bad shots (though Leia did take one). If you'd managed to live through Order 66 like Obi Wan had, you could forgive him for thinking about storm trooper precision.

"Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy."

How right was Kenobi? Even by the first movie's feel good family factor within Luke's first hour of visiting the spaceport he's had his life threatened, seen an arm sliced off and witnessed Han Solo kill Greedo. 

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."

But how they were the droids! One of the first examples of a Jedi's powers being used in the Star Wars universe has become one of the all time classic Star Wars quotes. It's also up there with Ackbar's "It's a trap" in terms of popularity via internet memes and pop culture references. 

"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

How Kenobi felt on board the Millennium  Falcon when Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star.

obi wan kenobi macgregor

Revenge of the Sith quotes - where you could argue MacGregor’s version of Kenobi shone more brightly than anything else in the other prequels.

"Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes."

This is my favourite line (albeit it drives me crazy when people misunderstand it). It's not as famous as some of Old Ben's others but it's a wise read on Anakin and shows Kenobi has firmly and finally made his mind up about Anakin's state of mind and where his loyalties lie. What happened next is now the stuff of Star Wars legend. Which leads to another great quote:

Obi-Wan: "It's over, Anakin. I have the high ground."
Vader: "You underestimate my power."
Obi-Wan: "Don't try it."

Which results in Anakin trying it and having his legs cut off as result.

Of politics:

Anakin: "The Chancellor doesn't appear to be corrupt."
Obi-Wan: "Chancellor Palpatine is a politician."

Don't try it Anakin!
The Phantom Menace obliged with:

Obi-Wan: "I have a bad feeling about this."
Qui-Gon: "I don't sense anything." 

How many characters have said that line in a Star Wars movie? It's here because it adds to the long running gag that runs throughout every Star Wars film.

On the swamps of the Degobah system with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

Yoda: "I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience."
Obi-Wan: "He will learn patience."
Yoda: "Hmm. Much anger in him, like his father."
Obi-Wan: "Was I any different when you taught me?"

This was an interesting exchange with Yoda and Obi Wan from Empire Strikes Back. Yoda seemingly was talking to himself and boom, the disembodied voice of a dead Obi Wan replies. Ghosts indeed.

We’ll end with some more A New Hope quotes

Obi-Wan: "That's no moon. It's a space station"

As the Millennium Falcon arrived where the planet Alderran used to be, it quickly found itself flying towards the Death Star at which point our would-be heroes were put to the test.

Darth Vader: Your powers are weak, old man. 
Obi-Wan: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.

Obi-wan and his young padawan learner are having their second duel, the first being where Obi-wan had bested Anakin having one of the greatest tantrums in the history of the galaxy. 

First time viewers never really knew the back story between these two Jedi - why was Obi Wan so ready to let Vader kill him? Why did his body disappear? The new prequel movies explained it all and cast more light on the outcome of the duel.

This time round the Jedi was 19 years older and was arguably on the wane while Vader was one of the greatest warriors there and ever been. But did Vader beat our brown robed hero? No, Obi-wan let Vader’s red saber slice through him and in doing so allowed him to join the Force and thus be able to ultimately guide Luke to destroy the Death Star and then finally defeat Vader which then brought about the death of the Emperor ending a certain reign of terror. 

Recall the scene in the movie when Ben looks at Luke. It was a knowing look that Luke was the key to everything from that point on, not that of a defeated man.

"Use the Force, Luke."

Even though Han suggested that the Force should be with Luke before they left to take on the giant Death Star, Luke needed this nudge from the dead Jedi to get his grove on so do something important with wamp rats back home..

Update: it's now 14 great quotes as Obi-Wan made a surprise appearance in The Force Awakens. Dialogue from both Ewan MacGregor and Alec Guiness was used to this line could be placed in Rey's flashback when she touches Luke's so called Bespin Saber for the first time:

“Rey . . . these are your first steps"

This article explains how JJ's team was able to conjure up Alec Guiness saying 'Rey!'.

Extra for experts:
What are your favourite quotes? What would you add to this list?


  1. Obi Wan was the best thing about the Prequels IMHO!

    1. Just had a marathon last week to remember some scenes and have fun with a friend who never saw the movies and I have to agree. There are a lot of hints, references and subtle foreshadowing lines in the prequels, but Obi Wan was the most interesting part of the movies.

  2. He was pretty good! Especially in ROTS !

  3. My favorite Quote is "May the force be with you".
    Obi-Wan Kenobi says the line to Anakin in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
    Of course, other characters used it, too.

  4. Obi-Youll be the death of me
    Anakin-Never master your the closest thing i have to a father i love you.
    Oh how true that one came to be

  5. Yeah, that was a pretty good quote too!

  6. I love this guy, he was awesome.

  7. The best quote from obi wan was: " I will take the boy, and watch over him". This line serves as the linkage between the 30 year space between the 2 films. Did you ever actually appreciate or even realize that obi wan was on tattoine for the sole purpose of being luke's guardian angel? And as discussed above , he literally does become his guardian angel after Vader kills him. Epic quote.

  8. Yeah that's so true.

  9. "You'll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view"

    1. This is my favourite

  10. The Cast that was assembled for the first three movies, IV,V & VI. That was an alignment of the stars never equaled. Plus the actors had to tell the story and not the special effects. The second series, I, II & III relied far too much on "OOOOH, look what we can do with the computer" to prop up weak story lines and really weak acting. Plus the cartoon charactures didn't add much to the validity of the series. It will be interesting to see this new episode, VII, when it's all said and done but I'm not going to hold my breath for any greatness.

  11. Comon guys, "the sand people frighten easily, but they will return, and in greater numbers".

  12. "Aren't you a little short for a Storm Trooper?"

  13. 'Who is the bigger fool, the fool or the fool who follows him?'

  14. Don't give in to hate. That Leeds to the dark side