Despite being “just” a mercenary and con-artist, Han Solo has become one of the most popular characters from George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. Harrison Ford assured that the character would end up in the history books and we have to admit that Han Solo completely deserved all the credit he’s gotten over the years.
This article is going to include a list of the 15 best and most memorable Han Solo quotes as they have appeared in the Star Wars canon. We have found some great lines from the movies, as well as the TV shows so we hope you’ll enjoy them!
15. “Look, your worshipfulness, let’s get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me.”
Leia was a princess and she was used to being on the top. She wasn’t a tyrant, but she was usually in charge of stuff, so her “ordering” Han Solo around wasn’t all that strange. The only problem is that Han disliked being ordered around. It just wasn’t him.
14. “You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.”
Leia and Han, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G… okay, it wasn’t exactly like that, but the childish love-hate element of their romance was quite fun from today’s perspective. Leia spoke as if she hated Han’s personality, but she actually loved him, just as Han knew that deep down he wasn’t actually a scoundrel but a really cool guy.
13. “Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy. Without precise calculations we could fly right through a star or bounce too close to a supernova, and that’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?”
This quote is actually an illustration of Han’s piloting skills. Although he might look and sound like a con artist from time to time, Han Solo was actually a great pilot and he managed to do some amazing feats through the course of the series. He knew the Millennium Falcon all too well and he knew how to manoeuver through space and hyperspace.
This is, actually, what earned him his reputation, although he doesn’t seem like it.
12. “Listen, big deal. You got another problem. Women always figure out the truth. Always.”
Probably a very experienced womanizer – although Solo contradicts that to a degree – Han Solo did not hesitate to share his knowledge of women and their psychology with others. Although some of that was crap, this one was actually correct and it was a fair warning for all those who wanted to escape the omniscience of a female. We’re just wondering what he did to learn this lesson.
11. “Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you Princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money.”
Now, this was a lie. Okay, it became a lie after a while. Han Solo did work for those who paid him and he was promised a substantial amount of money for his services. He maintained this stance for a while, but as he bonded with Luke and, especially, Leia, Han Solo became more and more dedicated to the cause, which is why he was eventually made an officer of the Rebellion.
He found his ideals once more at one point and this line illustrates exactly how much he had evolved as a character.
10. “Don’t everybody thank me at once.”
Han Solo was the source of a lot of humor in the Original Trilogy. He wasn’t a comic relief character, but he was witty and he was funny in his straightforwardness. Also, as an employee of Jabba’s, he was not as revered as Princess Leia or Luke within the Rebellion.
This happened even when he did something right, like in the case of this quote. He never got the credit he deserved. In fact, he got no credit at all, which is why this sarcastic line is just perfect.
9. “I used to wonder about that myself. Thought it was a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. A magical power holding together good and evil, the dark side and the light? Crazy thing is, it’s true. The Force, the Jedi — all of it. It’s all true.”
Now, this is a Han from the Sequel Trilogy, a Han who’s had experience with the Force and not a Han from quote #5. Han Solo changed his perception of the Force and the Jedi through experience, through observing, and through loving a Jedi (i.e., Leia).
His own son was a powerful Force user and Han Would have been stupid to deny the existence of something that had such a profound influence on his life.
8. “I know.”
In one of the most iconic scenes from the Original Trilogy, Han Solo was betrayed by his friend Lando and handed over to Vader, who in turn handed him over to Boba Fett, Jabba’s bounty hunter. Boba planned on freezing Solo and delivering him to Jabba.
Leia witnessed the process and just before Han was to be frozen, she told him that she loved him. Per the screenplay, Han Was supposed to say: “I love you, too.” And we all know he did not. Improvised, the quoted reply became an iconic one, completely in line with Han’s character, and one of the most memorable Star Wars moments ever.
7. “It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.”
Han Solo and Chewbacca were the best of friends and the bond between them was actually more than just friendly; they were like brothers. Their origin was explained in Solo: A Star Wars Story but the core of their relationship was explained in the Original Trilogy.
Han knew Chewbacca quite well and although Chewie was a super cool guy, he was instinctively very dangerous and Han knew he was not to be messed with, which is why he warned people not to upset a Wookiee.
6. “You know, sometimes I amaze even myself.”
Of course, you do, you’re Han Solo! Why wouldn’t you amaze yourself? Han Solo is not an egomaniac, but he likes to be praised and if he doesn’t get that from others, he’ll certainly do it by himself.
Now, with him, it’s a rather comical moment and an illustration of his charming personality, but it also served as a basis for the love-hate relationship he had with Leia throughout the Original Trilogy. Han Solo is pretty amazing so the fact that he manages to amaze himself, as much as he amazes us, shouldn’t be strange.
5. “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
Han Solo wasn’t Force-sensitive, as far as we know. Not only that, he even doubted the existence of the Jedi and the Force, which is an ironic comment if you go back to quote #9.
When he first met Luke, he was skeptical of his powers and his teachings, along with those of Ben Kenobi, but he ultimately changed his mind. Still, this remains as one of Han Solo’s iconic blunders within the franchise.
4. “Let’s keep a little optimism here.”
Han Solo was an optimist and while there have been a lot of grim situations in the Star Wars universe, he never lost that aspect of his personality. Not when he was frozen, not even when he was killed by his own son. Han Solo thought that every situation could be resolved with a bit of optimism and he consistently preached that view on life throughout the series.
3. “Over my dead body.”
You remember Greedo? The guy from the “Han shot first” scene? Yeah, at one point, Greedo suggested that Han could pay off his accumulated debt to Jabba the Hutt by giving him the Millennium Falcon, which, despite looking like a piece of crap, was quite worthy. Knowing how Han was attached to the ship, you can understand why he replied as quoted.
2. “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs! I’ve outrun Imperial starships, not the local bulk-cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships now. She’s fast enough for you, old man.”
Ever heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs! Yeah, Han Solo boasted with this achievement quite often and we finally got to see it in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Now, the quote is from Han Solo’s first meeting with Ben Kenobi and Luke, and although it is a longer one, it goes to show how devoted Han was to his ship.
1. “Never tell me the odds!”
This isn’t exactly Han’s catchphrase, but it’s very close to it. Han was, as we’ve already established, an optimist and opportunist.
He also has a history of doing impossible things, which makes it clear why he disliked odds of any kind. This particular comment was directed towards C-3PO, right after the droid told him that surviving an asteroid belt was quite dangerous.
Before we officially conclude this article, we are going to give you the answers to some frequently asked questions related to Han Solo quotes.