Favorite Quote

Can I get hung up on grammar a moment and object that this should be “favorite quotation“; quote is a verb and quotation is a noun. It’s like asking “what’s your favorite eat?” If quotation is too long, you’re going to have to bite it and say quot. All right, English major out.

Honestly, it’s not fair to make me select one favorite line out of six films. I was hoping to be able to estimate the number of lines in the films all together, but my concordance — which I began in 2009 — is not complete enough to allow for this. I can’t even estimate it without it being a hugely time consuming process; I’ve only completed The Phantom Menace and it’s just not set up for line counting. (But I can tell you that Jar Jar Binks has slightly under 10% of the dialogue in Episode I.)

I really, really, really wanted to give you a favorite line from each film, but I think  that will have to be a project for another day. However, in order to do this, I’m going to have to sit down and watch all of them and take notes. I just don’t have the time. So instead, I will give you what amounts to my very favorite quotation from Star Wars of all time, a line I even bought on a bumper sticker and used as my online signature for years.

Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Qui-Gon Jinn
And as usual, Qui-Gon appears.


The ability to speak does not make you intelligent. — Qui-Gon Jinn

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