Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

National Star Wars Day: Our Top 10 Star Wars Quotes

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

National Star Wars Day: Our Top 10 Star Wars Quotes

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May 4th is the unofficial National Star Wars Day, which means it's time to break out our favorite Star Wars quotes.

According to Lucasfilm, National Star Wars Day officially occurs on May 25, the anniversary of the release of the epic space opera in 1977. But May 25 is already taken up by Towel Day, a tribute to "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" author Douglas Adams.

The last thing we need is another feud between sci-fi fans, and we can never pass up the opportunity for a cheap pun. So we've decided to join the rebels with the day's salutation: May the 4th be with you!

Here are our favorite Star Wars quotes:

10. "Aaaaaaargh!" - Chewbacca, "A New Hope"

Han Solo's hirsute co-pilot may have been denied his medal at the end of "A New Hope," but he did get the final line of the movie. Chewie's voice was mostly remixed growls from Tarik, a black bear who lived in a zoo in San Jose, Calif.

9. "I have a bad feeling about this." - Luke, Han, Leia, C3PO, and others. Variations of this foreboding expression appear throughout the Star Wars saga. In "A New Hope," Luke says it as the Millennium Falcon approaches the Death Star, and then Han says it just before the walls of the trash compactor begin to close. In "The Empire Strikes Back," Leia says it in the belly of the giant asteroid slug. In "Return of the Jedi," C3PO says it as he enters Jabba's palace, and then Han says it again after the Ewoks capture the Endor strike team. In the prequels, the line is delivered twice by Obi-Wan and once by Anakin.

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8. "It's a trap!" - Admiral Ackbar, "Return of the Jedi"

In stating the obvious, Ackbar reveals that he is the last person in the Rebel Alliance to realize that the Empire had set them up. Fortunately, instead of fleeing, the Mon Calimari commander took Lando's advice and ordered his ships to engage the imperial fleet at close range, and, well, you know the rest.

7. "Do. Or do not. There is no try." - Yoda, "The Empire Strikes Back"

A staple of high-school yearbook quotations, Yoda's dictum perfectly captures George Lucas's idiosyncratic blend of Zen Buddhism, Jungian analysis, and sportswear slogans. 6. "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?" - Leia, "A New Hope"

This is how Leia greets her long-lost twin as he bursts into her cell to rescue her from being executed. …

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