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Obi-Wan Kenobi’s 15 Most Iconic Quotes from 'Star Wars'

Witty, chivalrous and knowledgeable, the legendary Jedi Master has some of the most quotable quotes from the 'Star Wars' cinematic universe.

By Marguerita TanPublished 4 years ago Updated 5 months ago 4 min read
Ewan McGregor will reprise his Star Wars role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new Disney Plus TV Series. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

After years of speculation, Scottish actor Ewan McGregor finally confirmed that he will be reprising his Star Wars role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new Disney Plus TV series that centers around the legendary Jedi.

First made famous by English actor Sir Alec Guinness in the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983), the character remains just as popular when McGregor made it his own in the fantasy sci-fi saga’s prequel trilogy (1999-2005), albeit as a younger, more playful but no less wise and skillful Kenobi.

From being a loyal Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn to becoming Jedi Master to Anakin Skywalker (pre-Darth Vader), and then as mentor to Anakin’s son Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi is much loved by fans for being a highly skilled warrior who is faithful to the Jedi code and devoted to defending peace in a galaxy far, far away.

The distinguished Jedi, who also go by the name of Ben, is also much cherished for his words of wisdom, as well as the sarcastic quips he often makes at the expense of both friends and foes.

In no order of merit, here are 15 of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most iconic quotes from the Star Wars cinematic universe.

"Hello there!" from Revenge of the Sith has become a very popular Obi-Wan Kenobi meme. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

1. “Hello there!”

—to General Grievous, as he catches the leader of the droid army by surprise on the Separatist base in Utapau in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005).

2. “So uncivilized.”

—to a dead Grevious, after finally taking down the four-armed alien cyborg with a blaster instead of a lightsaber in Revenge of the Sith.

3. “Why do I get the feeling that you’re going to be the death of me?”

—to Anakin Skywalker, after reminding his Padawan not to lose his lightsaber in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), unwittingly foreshadowing his own death years later at the hands of Anakin’s dark side alter ego.

The Master and his Padawan become sworn enemies in Revenge of the Sith. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

4. “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.”

—to Anakin, after realizing his Padawan has fully embraced the dark side in Revenge of the Sith.

5. “I have the high ground!”

—to Anakin again, as his apprentice attempts to strike him despite being on lower ground, a strategic disadvantage, during their epic duel in Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith. This phrase has also become very popular with memes.

6. “You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!”

—Obi-Wan's heart-wrenching admission to his former friend and companion after winning their fiery battle in Revenge of the Sith.

Obi-Wan Kenobi was a master of Jedi mind tricks as seen in A New Hope. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

7. “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

—Obi-Wan performing a Jedi mind trick on a stormtrooper who was searching for C-3PO and R2-D2 in Tatooine in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977).

8. “You want to go home and rethink your life.”

—Obi-Wan performing a Jedi mind trick on a man who tries to sell him some death sticks as he was having a drink in a Coruscant nightclub in Attack of the Clones.

9. “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

—to Darth Vader, as the Sith Lord casually mentions that he plans to destroy his former Master in A New Hope.

Obi-Wan Kenobi meets his former Padawan, Darth Vader, in A New Hope. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

10. “Use the Force, Luke.”

—to Luke Skywalker, instructing the farmboy-turned-pilot to believe in his Force-sensitive power as he prepares to destroy the Death Star in A New Hope.

11. “Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”

—again to Luke, after the rebel pilot blows the Death Star to kingdom come in the climactic battle scene in A New Hope.

12. “So what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.”

—to Luke, explaining (as a Force Ghost) that telling the young Jedi his father had died was somewhat true as Anakin Skywalker no longer existed the moment he became Darth Vader, in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

Assassinated by Maul, Duchess Satine dies in Obi-Wan's arms in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

13. “You can kill me, but you will never destroy me. It takes strength to resist the dark side. Only the weak embrace it.”

—to Maul, after the former Sith Lord suggested he should have chosen the dark side when the long-time foes meet again in The Clone Wars Season 5 Episode 16, “The Lawless.” (2012)

14. “Satine?”
“Remember, my dear Obi-Wan, I’ve loved you always. I always will.”

—The last words between Obi-Wan and the love of his life, Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore, after she was assassinated by Maul in the Jedi's presence in The Clone Wars Season 5 Episode 16, “The Lawless.”

15. “If you define yourself by the power to take life, the desire to dominate, to possess… then you have nothing.”

—to Maul, after the ex-Sith finds him on Tatooine and insists on taking revenge against the world-weary Jedi in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 20, “Twin Suns.” (2017)

The final showdown between Obi-Wan and Maul in Star Wars Rebels. [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney Plus TV series, which is expected to cover events in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, will start streaming in 2022.

Read also:

* ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’: 20 Best Quotes From The Hit ‘Star Wars’ TV Series

* Boba Fett’s 15 Most Memorable Quotes From ‘Star Wars’

* Darth Maul’s 15 Most Memorable Quotes From ‘Star Wars’

* ‘The Mandalorian’: 15 Best Quotes From Season 1

* ‘The Mandalorian’: 20 Best Quotes From Season 2

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About the Creator

Marguerita Tan

A freelance writer who loves God, movies, music and TV; esp Star Wars, Animation/Anime, Games of Thrones, K-Dramas, and anything that's entertaining! Twitter/Instagram: @marfield49

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