YODA QUOTES

quotations about the Star Wars character Yoda

Our favorite Jedi, Yoda is. Kick ass, he must.

JOANNA DOUGLAS, Elle Girl, Mar. 6, 2006

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When I did Yoda, me and three other people worked our asses off, and I was sweating every single day, it was tough as hell. Now that it's CGI, 24 people work on Yoda, and I get all the credit -- I do nothing.

FRANK OZ, interview, A.V. Club, Aug. 16, 2007

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Since his reward for training Jedi knights for the past 800 years is to live all alone in a deserted swamp, it is perhaps not surprising that Yoda is a bit of a crotchety old fart.

JONATHAN GRAVELLS & SUSAN WALLACE, Dial M for Mentor: Reflections on Mentoring in Film, Television, and Literature

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The humble obscurity of Yoda speaks volumes about the nature of the Force that Luke must come to understand.

ROY M. ANKER, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies

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The notion that a digitized Yoda could ever be better than Frank Oz with his hand up the business end of a Muppet was exactly the kind of thing that got my Underoos all in a knot.

TONY PACITTI, My Best Friend is a Wookie: One Boy's Journey to Find His Place in the Galaxy

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Whether Yoda is a puppet or a pixel, he's still that old lovable green slimy guy.

DAVE KNOX, Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde: An Insider's Guide to Film Slang

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The Jedi master Yoda is perhaps the Star Wars trilogy's best representative of spiritual/humanist ways of being in the world. Yoda is so organic that he looks like a root or a tree branch.

SUSAN MACKEY-KALLIS, The Hero and the Perennial Journey Home in American Film

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Yoda is my hero. Not because he's a Jedi master or because he ignores the rules of grammar, more because Yoda is an oasis of calm in the face of crisis. When I'm hit by a crisis, I get flappy-handed and shrill; I am pointedly not an oasis of calm, more a cactus of panic.

TANIA AHSAN, introduction, The brilliant book of calm: Down to earth ideas for finding inner peace in a chaotic world

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If you're a Star Wars fan, you're no doubt familiar with master Yoda's quirkish grammar. Usually, second language learners quickly adjust to the canonical word order of their new language, and it's only the finer points of grammar that continue to vex them. However, master Yoda is 900 years old.

DAVID LUDDEN, The Psychology of Language: An Integrated Approach

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It's unclear exactly what kind of creature Yoda is. We know for sure that he's short, green, and very, very old.

PAUL KENT, The Real Force: A Forty Day Devotional

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I would think of [Yoda] more like a frog ... big thighs, huge thighs. Kermit thighs. We're going to blend Kermit the Frog with Miss Piggy. This is actually the illegitimate child of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.

GEORGE LUCAS, "Puppets to Pixels", Attack of the Clones

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A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little -- and yet powerful -- green guy from the Star Wars films. It's an unlikely connection between a religious tome and science fiction. The similarity to Jedi Grand Master Yoda was recently highlighted by historians Damien Kempf and Maria L. Gilbert on the British Library's Medieval Manuscripts blog. Curator Julian Harrison, who runs the blog, also mentioned the drawing when he spoke to The Guardian about his job and the new popularity of illuminated manuscripts on the Web. It's an interesting interview -- but we couldn't stop wondering: What about that Yoda guy? "The Yoda image comes from a 14th-century manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals," Harrison said, after we reached out to the British Library. "I'd love to say that it really was Yoda, or was drawn by a medieval time traveler," Harrison continued. "It's actually an illustration to the biblical story of Samson -- the artist clearly had a vivid imagination!"

BILL CHAPPELL, "Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar", NPR, April 16, 2015

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You think Yoda stops teaching just because his student does not want to hear? A teacher Yoda is.

MICHELLE SINGLETARY, "Singletary: On the money Yoda's wisdom is", The Washington Post, December 20, 2015

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It's into the same bag as E.T. and Yoda, wherein you're trying to create something that people will actually believe, but it's not so much a symbol of the thing, but you're trying to do the thing itself.

JIM HENSON, interview, Muppet Central

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We tried to do Yoda in CGI in Episode I, but we just couldn't get it done in time. We couldn't get the technology to work, so we had to use the puppet, but the puppet really wasn't as good as the CGI. So when we did the reissue, we had to put the CGI back in, which was what it was meant to be.

GEORGE LUCAS, "5 Questions With George Lucas", The Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 9, 2012

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By the way, George didn't want my voice in the beginning. I gave him a tape. He said, "No thank you." And in post production, for about a year, I heard that he was auditioning voices for Yoda. He had no intention to use me for voice. And then I was on my honeymoon with my first wife about twenty five years ago or thirty years ago, and he said, "Uh, Frank, maybe, could you come out? (We're in Hawaii.) I think we'd like to try your voice." And so I flew back and recorded Yoda.

FRANK OZ, "Frank Oz Explains How George Lucas Nearly Ruined Yoda", UpRoxx, Aug. 27, 2014

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Yoda is this little ugly thing, but he's the Jedi Master. He 's the guy who taught everybody. Everybody went to Yoda for knowledge. When you sit around talking to any older person who has lived their life to the fullest, they have great stories to tell because they have had great experiences.

GEORGE KOEHLER, attributed, Drivin From Within

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Yoda is one of the more delightful aliens to spring from Lucas' fecund imagination. A monkeyish creature with rabbit ears sticking out sideways from his wrinkled dome, he looks like a simian John Houseman.

AMERICAN LABOR CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, The New Leader, 1980

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Living where and how he does, Yoda is notably humble and "unworldly," so much so that in his homely, comical looks and voice, his lack of physical might, and the obscure remoteness of his home he echoes the prophecies of Isaiah about the coming Messiah. If Yoda is indeed who he seems to be, then the last are indeed first, the humble are exalted, and the obscure are the luminaries.

ROY M. ANKER, Catching Light: Looking for God in the Movies

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Yoda is the archetype of the older tutelary figure who guides the boy in the spiritual disciplines necessary to become a knight or a warrior. What would Theseus be without Poseidon, Plato without Socrates, Arthur without Merlin, or the Zen initiate without his master? Such wise elders may seem scarce in these contemporary times, when we hide most of them away in institutions and few have prominent roles in the stories we tell. But there was a time in American history when they were at the center of collective life. Although Yoda is physically unlike any figure of consequence in American mythology, in temperament he resembles the Native American shaman--the holy man or medicine man (or sometimes woman)--especially in his role as guide for the initiation rituals of war or the hunt. Like the shaman, Yoda is the human (well, humanoid) representative of spiritual energy, of the divine forces of the cosmos that cause all things within it to be interrelated.

JANICE HOCKER RUSHING, Projecting the Shadow: The Cyborg Hero in American Film

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