Just thought I’d share some quotes from various sources worth reflecting on this Remembrance Day:
Quotes from Star Wars
“It matters. It matters which side we choose. Even if there will be no more light than darkness. Even if there can be no more joy in the galaxy than there is pain. For every action we undertake, for every word we speak, for every life we touch—it matters. I don’t turn towards the light because it means someday I’ll “win” some sort of cosmic game. I turn toward it because it is the light.”–Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray.
“There’s always a choice! To live in fear is no life at all.”–Senator Padme Amidala in “Bombad Jedi” from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Secura: Isn’t liberty worth fighting for?
Kaa: Yes, but is it worth killing for? Fighting for something doesn’t necessarily mean you have to destroy everything in your path.
–Jedi Master Aayla Secura and Tee Watt Kaa in “Jedi Crash” from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“A strong belief can be more powerful than any army”–Jedi Master Aayla Secura in “Defenders of the Peace” from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“To die for one’s people is a great sacrifice. To live for one’s people, an even greater sacrifice.”–Senator Riyo Chuchi in “Trespass” from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“You can kill me but you will never destroy me. It takes strength to resist the dark side. Only the weak embrace it.”–Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in “The Lawless” from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“There comes a time when refusing to stop violence can no longer be called non-violence. We cease to be objectors and become bystanders. At some point, morality must be wedded to action or else it is no more than mere..vanity”–Senator Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Princess Leia by Claudia Gray.
“If you define yourself by your power to take life, your desire to dominate, to possess, then you have nothing”–Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Twin Suns” from Star Wars: Rebels.
“There are alternatives to fighting”–Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.
“Wars not make one great”–Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
“Nobody wins a war…Best we can do is find a way to stop fighting”–Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt by Chuck Wendig.
“That’s how we’re going to win: Not fighting what we hate, saving what we love”–Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
“Pacifism for the sake of pacifism is the height of arrogant selfishness when that belief prevents you from acting to save others from harm”–Tycho Celchu in Star Wars: X-Wing 4: The Bacta War by Michael A. Stackpole.
“No one wins a war. There are just different degrees of losing.”–Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars: Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger MacBride Allen.
“We don’t have to win We only have to fight”–Jedi Master Mace Windu in Star Wars: Clone Wars: Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover.
“A warrior who cannot dance. Clumsy in both war and peace, he is”–Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: Clone Wars: The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes.
“Keep fighting until you can fight no longer, then exhaust the enemy chasing you, and turn and fight some more.”—Jedi Knight and Ambassador Leia Organa Solo in Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Star by Star by Troy Denning.
Quotes from Harry Potter
“There are things worth dying for!”–Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.
“It is important to fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay, though never quite eradicated.”–Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
“Sometimes you’ve got to think about more than your own safety! Sometimes you’ve got to think about the greater good!”–Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
“You are the true master of death, because the true master does not seek to run away from Death. He accepts that he must die, and understands that there far, far worse things in the living world than dying.”–Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
Quotes from Star Trek
“Death, destruction, disease, horror. That’s what war is all about…That’s what makes it a thing to be avoided.”—Captain James. T. Kirk in “A Taste of Armageddon” from Star Trek: The Original Series.
“We can admit that we’re killers, but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes.”–Captain James T. Kirk in “A Taste of Armageddon” from Star Trek: The Original Series.
“Maybe we weren’t meant for paradise. Maybe we were meant to fight our way through. Struggle, claw our way up, scratch for every inch of the way. Maybe we can’t stroll to the music of the lute. We must march to the sound of the drum”–Captain James T. Kirk in “This Side of Paradise” from Star Trek: The Original Series
“I have never subscribed to the idea that political power flows from the barrel of a gun”–Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “The High Ground” from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
“I think no one can deny that the seed of violence remains within each of us. We must recognize that, because the violence is capable of consuming each of us.”–Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Invasions” from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Quotes from Miscellaneous Sources
“Always remember, however sure you are that you can easily win, that there would be no war if the other man did not think he also had a chance.”–Sir Winston Churchill.