I am a huge
. My love affair began when my dad took me to the re-release just so that his music-loving daughter could see the "cantina" scene on the big screen. Ever since that first viewing, I've been hooked. Now, you might not think these aliens can teach us much about love, but you'd be wrong. To prove it, I've compiled the best Star Wars fan Star Wars quotes about love that will punch you right in the feels. Because if you've never written, "I love you to the... that's no moon! ... and back” in a love letter, you're not doing it right.
can be read in many ways — from a political war between native colonies and the oppressors to echoes of the twentieth century politics so prevalent during their inception — at the core, these films are about people. Even if those people look like giant alien jackalopes and grind on every nerve you have. They are just trying to live their best lives and provide for those they love and cherish. At the heart of it all is passion. Whether it's a love of power or a love for the rights of all sentient creatures, passion centers it. Star Wars
Romantic, familial, or fraternal, love is the strongest stuff in the universe though. And there's no small amount of it represented in the
Star Wars universe. Read on to see some of the most swoon-worthy Star Wars quotes about love from the franchise that you can share with the ones you love. 1 "You love him, don't you?" “Yes." "Alright, I understand. Fine. When he comes back, I won't get in the way." "It's not like that at all, he's my brother." — Han Solo & Princess Leia
Return of the Jedi, it's pretty clear that Han Solo is hot for Leia. After a star fight, he tries to assure Leia that Luke wasn't hurt, knowing she cared for him. Proof of his love for her, when she admits she loves Luke, he tells her he'll back off. It's not until she tells him Luke is her twin brother and kisses him that he relaxes. 2 “Everybody needs somebody. Even a broken-down old crook like this one.” — Val
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Val tells it exactly like it is when she says, “Everybody needs somebody,” and jokingly calls out Tobias while telling stories around the campfire. The crack about a “broken-down old crook” could technically apply to a variety of Star Wars characters, but is also a sort of metaphor to describe the imperfections of all people and highlight how that doesn’t mean they aren’t deserving of love. 3 “I truly, deeply love you. Before we die I want you to know.” — Padme
As far as last words go, a declaration of unyielding love is high up on the list of choices when you’re facing near-certain death. In
Attack of the Clones, Padme believes she may not get another chance to tell Anakin how she feels before they’re brought into an execution arena, so she offers him this heartfelt statement. 4 “You are not alone.” “Neither are you.” — Kylo Ren & Rey
One of the things that makes the expression of love such a powerful thing is that feeling that it conquers all loneliness. That same feeling of togetherness is definitely reflected in this exchange between Kylo Ren and Rey as they both realize just how connected their stories are.
5 “Hold me. Like you did by the lake on Naboo, so long ago, when there was nothing but our love.” — Padme
Revenge of the Sith, Padme seeks the comfort of Anakin’s embrace as the world around them dissolves into war. What more could a woman want than to be held by her husband in the midst of a crisis? I have a feeling that Padme’s love language is physical touch. 6 “You know, no matter how much we fought, I’ve always hated watching you leave.” — General Organa
Oh, General Leia. You got me right in the feels. Leia and Solo's expressions of love have never been like everyone else's, and that's the beauty of their interactions. They're so pure, they feel real. Watching this scene is excruciating. Carrie Fisher was a national treasure.
7 "Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi's life. So you might say, that we are encouraged to love." — Anakin
When Anakin was but a mere Padawan in
Attack of The Clones, he was going though it with Queen Amidala. He was falling in love with her, she with him, but Jedis aren't supposed to form attachments. Alas, destiny has other ideas, it does. 8 “My love for you is a puzzle… for which I have no answers. I can't control it… and now I don't care. I truly, deeply love you.” — Padme
This juicy quote is from
Attack of the Clones. When a queen falls in love with a Padawan she met as a child and is rumored to go bad soon, that love will be a hair confusing to her. However, it's no less real for its strangeness. 9 "You are so beautiful." "It's only because I'm so in love with you." "No, it's because I'm so in love with you." "So love has blinded you?" — Anakin & Padme
In this scene in
Revenge of the Sith, Padme is nearing the end of her pregnancy, and Anakin is staring at her like she hung the moon — big belly and all. When he tells her, "you're beautiful," she reacts like all of us. "Yeah, sure buddy. You haven't seen the hemorrhoids." And he says all the right things. But this is before he completely turns to the dark side, leaves her alone to birth Luke and Leia, and then gets gravely injured, turning fully into Vader.
before that. 10 "Anakin, all I want is your love." "Love won't save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that." — Padme & Anakin
This is when the love of power overwhelms the love of family for Anakin in
The Revenge of the Sith. He goes bad, real bad, and Padme can't handle it. 11 “You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you.” — Obi Wan
Obi Wan's epic battle with Anakin. This is when it hits the fan with one of the saddest scenes in the whole series. Here's Anakin, melting in the lava, and Obi Wan realizes that all those prophecies were right, and he couldn't save him. He'd turned dark even after being shown all the light Obi Wan and Padme had to offer.
12 "I love you." "I know." — Princess Leia & Han Solo
If your love is about to be frozen in carbonite, it's as good a time as any to tell him you love him. 7/10, his response could've been better.
13 “You’re the closest thing I have to a father.”“Then why don’t you listen to me?” — Anakin & Obi-Wan Kenobi
The relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan is heartbreaking on so, so many levels. There is so much love there, if only Anakin would let himself really feel it.
14 "I'll not leave you now. I've got to save you." "You already have." — Luke & Anakin Skywalker
This quote is about the simplicity of love and how it can change even the darkest of souls. Here, in
Return of the Jedi, Vader is dying, once and for all, and Luke's belief in him, his love for his father, brings him back from the dark side just before he takes his last breath. 15 “Be with me.” — Rey
OK, so when Rey utters this in the last of the series, she’s talking to The Force and all the Jedi ghosts, but it’s still incredibly loving. Even if she wasn’t looking for anything romantic, the fact that she found her space — her people and her place — is full of love.
16 “You could use a good kiss.” — Han Solo
I love how much Han Solo tries to convince Princess Leia that they love each other, despite her pride. And I basically want to say this every time my husband gets a little grumpy.
17 “If you see our son, bring him home.” — Princess Leia
When Princess Leia — technically General Organa now — and Han Solo see each other for the last time, it’s full of emotion. They are both aware of how far Ben has gone to the Dark Side, and both are desperate to get him back. “Home” is full of so much meaning for Leia and Han, and it’s incredibly loving.
18 “We're going to win this war not by fighting what we hate, but saving what we love!” — Rose Tico
I mean, really, if
Star Wars isn’t about love, then what else is it about? This line sums it all up beautifully. 19 “Then we go together.” — Poe
When Poe and Finn realize what Rey is doing with Luke’s old X-Wing, it’s clear what they have to do — and it’s clear that they’re going to do it together. That togetherness is the love of friendship personified.
20 “The Force will be with you, always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi
I might start saying this instead of “have a good day” when my loved ones go to work or school. It just feels incredibly protective and loving, and truly, that’s what
Star Wars is all about. 21 “You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.” – Lando Calrissian
Was this just another one of Lando’s smooth-talking moments in
The Empire Strikes Back? It could be argued that it was, but it’s a fact that Princess Leia is really as radiant as it gets. Either way, the quote’s words make it a lovely sentiment. 22 “Chewie, we're home.” — Han Solo
The Force Awakens, the moment when Han and Chewie walk back onto the long-lost Millenium Falcon for the first time is filled with the gracious, welcoming love of home. This scene is like the phrase “home is where the heart is,” but in movie form. 23 “I know what she means to you. I'll take good care of her.” — Lando Calrissian
I will argue, again, that Han Solo’s love for the Millennium Falcon is one of the strongest connections in the franchise. When Lando took the helm, he knew how much the ship meant to Han and took time to reassure him of that. Their bromance is just the best.
24 “You must feel the force around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.” — Yoda
Star Wars quote is talking about The Force, like what Jedis use to protect the galaxy, but the words themselves really ring true when you think about the force of love. Feel it, you must. 25 “I will not let you give up your future for me.” “You're asking me to be rational.That is something that I know I cannot do.Believe me, I wish I could just wish away my feelings, but I can't.” — Padme and Anakin
Sometimes love is big and scary and causes enormous rifts in an entire galaxy, but you know, still magical.
26 “From the moment I met you, all those years ago, not a day has gone by when I haven't thought of you. The thought of not being with you — I can't breath.” — Anakin to Padme
This quote is part of a longer speech Anakin makes to Padme, talking about how tortured he is to be near her, but to not be with her, and how he’s going to have to give up everything to love her.
27 “You think a princess and a guy like me...?” — Han Solo
Of course, Luke does say “no” to Han when he’s talking about getting together with Princess Leia, but soulmates always find a way.
28 “Who are you?”“Someone who loves you.” — Han Solo and Princess Leia
Han Solo and Princess Leia always represent true love, but there’s something especially endearing about Leia being the one to save him from Jabba the Hutt.
29 “You like me because I’m a scoundrel.”“I happen to like nice men.”“I’m a nice man.” — Han Solo and Princess Leia
Is there any love more pure than when Han and Leia are making digs at each other?
30 “Why is The Force connecting us? You and I?” — Kylo Ren to Rey
The Force knows all, and watching it connect Kylo-Ren and Rey in the latest
Star Wars episodes feels like an intense act of love.
Even if it’s still not the first thing you think of when you think of “a galaxy far far away,” hopefully these
Star Wars quotes about love have shown that the franchise does have a thing or two to teach us all about how to love and love well. Whether it’s the love of friendship, romance, family, or community, there are countless examples throughout the films to prove that love is the strongest force of all.
This article was originally published on
May 4, 2018