Luke Skywalker best quotes from Star Wars

Nov 11, 2016

Luke Skywalker's famous quotes from Star Wars

Luke Skywalker is one of the greatest characters that ever lost an arm in the history of characters in space operas losing their arms.

He was the doe-eyed boy yearning to be a fighter pilot that ended up besting one of the greatest Jedi / Sith Lords that had ever been.

During that transformation he had a few things to say - here are his best and most famous quotes starting with a little something he said in A New Hope:

Skywalker quotes from the Star Wars movies

  • "But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!" - So says Luke to his Uncle Owen thus showing he's just a whiny farm kid who doesn't respect that he's gotta do his chores. It's also a quote designed to show how far removed Luke is from the perils that Leia recently found herself. It can come across as quite a funny quote. Considering the final scenes of ROTJ where Luke is having a heart-to-heart with his dying father, Luke worrying about power converters was a sign he was about to find himself far away from Kansas (see how the Wizard of Oz actually influenced Star Wars!).
  • "If there's a bright centre to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from." As Luke explained Tattoine's place in the galaxy to C3PO.
  • "No, my father didn't fight in the Clone Wars. He was a navigator on a spice freighter."
  • "Sorry!" - So says Luke in response to a bit of shoving from Ponda Baba and his friend in the Mos Eisley cantina. This naturally lead to Obi Wan slicing off Ponda Baba's arm which was a great piece of foreshadowing in terms of all the arms that manage to get lost in the Star Wars movies.
  • "I'm Luke Skywalker and I'm here to rescue you!" -So says a heroic Luke when he arrives at Princess Leia's cell to which she retorts with the immortal quote, Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?

Luke's Empire Strikes Back quotes

  • Luke opens the movie with "Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?"
  • This next quote from Empire is famous for the quote that was the response to it. Luke was having a few issues mastering the Force when he said he would give it a try. Jedi Master Yoda was having none of that and showed him by lifting the drowned X-Wing out of the Dagobah swamp: "Luke: All right, I'll give it a try" Yoda: No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."
  • Young Skywalker then said: "I don't, I don't believe it." - To which Yoda gravely retorted:
    "That is why you fail."
  • Luke: "I won't fail you. I'm not afraid". Yoda: You will be. You... will... be - It would seem some of the best lines that come from Star Wars are when Yoda and Luke are having a chinwag.

  • Empire Strikes Back delivered one of the greatest plot twists in cinema history. For Luke to find out his father was the man who had just cut his arm off, well, that was pretty good entertainment. Here's the exchange between the two:
  • Darth Vader: There is no escape. Don't make me destroy you. Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
  • Luke Skywalker: I'll never join you!
  • Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
  • Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
  • Vader: No. I am your father.
  • Luke: That's not true. That's impossible!
  • Vader: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!
  • Luke: Noooo! Nooooo!

Apparently the line, 'No, I am your father is often misquoted' as 'Luke, I am your father'.

Luke Skywalker's Return of the Jedi quotes

  • In Jedi, Luke showed he had learned some of Jedi mind tricks that Obi Wan had taught him: Luke: You will take me to Jabba now. Bib Fortuna: I take you to Jabba now. Luke: "You serve your master well. And you will be rewarded".
  • Luke had also learned to make golden rods fly:
    "Luke: Threepio, tell them if they don't do as you wish, you'll become angry and use your magic.  C-3PO: But, Master Luke, what magic? I couldn't possibly... Luke: Just tell them."
  • "The Force is strong in my family" - Luke reveals to Leia they are brother and sister - Which was all fine and dandy but shit got real when he faced his father for what was to be the ultimate fight between good and evil forces. Literally. Or was it?
  • Luke becoming a Jedi was a pretty sweet moment: "I am a Jedi, like my father before me." Palpatine: So be it... Jedi!
  • Anakin Skywalker having fulfilled the prophecy by throwing the Empire down the well was actually a dead man at the sword of Luke. Their reconciliation of sorts brought it all home for Luke:"I'll not leave you here. I've got to save you."Anakin: You already have, Luke.

Luke's quotes from The Last Jedi

Luke didn't say a single word in The Force Awakens. He just stood there at the top of the hill thinking his life was about to get a whole lot worse as Rey offered him his father's saber back but he had a bit of work to do in TLJ:
  • To Rey when they first meet "Who are you?' "Why are you here?
  • Luke says to Rey “I know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”.
  • "This is not going to go….the way you think.”
  • "I've seen this strength only once before. It didn't scare me enough then. It does now!"
  • “Go away.” to Rey and Chewbacca
  • “Impressive. Every word in that sentence was wrong.” 
  • “Where’s Han?”
  • “I will never teach another Jedi. I came to this island to die. The time of the Jedi must end.”
  • “Old friend, I wish I could make you understand but I’m not coming back. Nothing can change my mind.”
  • To R2D2: "Hey, sacred island, watch the language!"
  • “Han was Han about it, but Leia trusted me with her son.”
  • No one’s really ever gone.”- Luke to Leia via his Force Ghost Impression
  • “The rebellion is reborn today. The war is just beginning and I will not be the last Jedi.”
  • To a defeated Kylo Ren: "See you 'round, kid" - a nice snarky call back to something Han Solo would say. 

What did Luke say as a Force ghost in The Rise of Skywalker?

After Rey has exiled herself on Ahch-To Island, she throws Luke’s lightsaber (The one lost at the end of The Empire Strikes Back) into the burning wreckage of Kylo Ren’s ship.  

Suddenly Luke appears as a Force ghost and catches it - another example of Force Ghost power like Yoda summoning a lightning strike in TLJ.

  • Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s weapon deserves more respect.
  • Rey: Master Skywalker.
  • Luke Skywalker: What are you doing?
  • Rey: I saw myself on the dark throne. I won’t let it happen. I’m never leaving this place. I’m doing what you did.
  • Luke Skywalker: I was wrong. It was fear that kept me here. What are you most afraid of?
  • Rey: Myself.
  • Luke Skywalker: Because you’re a Palpatine, Leia knew it too.
  • Rey: She didn’t tell me, she still trained me.
  • Luke Skywalker: Because she saw your spirit. Your heart
  • So this has been but a selection of Skywalker quotes - there's plenty more out there and you may think they are better - what do you think?
  • "Rey, some things are stronger than blood. Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi...your destiny."

Luke's The Mandalorian quotes from Episode "The Rescue"

Luke made a surprise cameo appearance in the Final of Season Two of the Mandalorian, while he spoke little, it was full of meaning:

The Mando: "Are you a Jedi?"
Luke Skywalker: "I am"

Extending a hand to Grogu: "Come little one" (a call back to Obi-Wan Kenobi's phrase)

"He wants your permission. He is strong with the Force, but talent without training is nothing."

"I will give my life to protect the child but he will not be safe until he masters his abilities".


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