Favorite Quotes from Leia, Princess of Alderaan

April 17, 2018

Hope. Resilience. Strength. These are the words I think of when I see Leia Organa on screen. Whether she is a princess or a general, she's always putting her personal tragedy behind her and fighting for what's right. This week I finished reading Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray and couldn't have been more impressed with the story and writing. Claudia has written several other Star Wars books including Lost Stars and Bloodline that I'll be getting to in the next few months. I recently reviewed this book on The Dorky Diva Show, but there were so many good quotes that stuck with me. Rather than spouting them off on the podcast, I thought it would be better to put them here and talk about what they mean to me.


If you're unfamiliar with the book, the story is about Leia Organa at the age of sixteen. She's declaring her right as the heir of Alderaan and ends up joining the Rebellion along the way. All of these quotes are pulled directly from the book, but I avoided any lines that were spoiler-filled. If you haven't read this book, I want you to have the same moments of surprise that I experienced in each chapter. Enjoy!

"Nobody learns anything new without failing the first few times they try. You have to face that and figure out how to get back up again. That means learning how to fail is the most important lesson of all." -Kier 

One of the first lessons I learned while interning in college was to "fail fast" and get right back up from it. I think this is a great lesson to teach young people, especially considering this is a young adult novel. As a teen I remembered how much pressure I put on myself to do well in school and never get a failing grade. In end though, it's important to realize that it's okay to fail and that when you do fail, the most important lesson is to learn from it and move on.

"Leia has had her Day of Demand. She's growing into an adult-- a representative of the next generation. And make no mistake, they're the generation who will bear the brunt of what's to come. They're the ones who'll do most of the fighting and most of the dying. They're the ones who will do most of the rebuilding afterward, if we are so fortunate to see an 'after.' We need the young with us. Without them, this war is lost before it's begun." -Mon Mothma

Wow. Wow. Wow. I love how this quote reflects our world right now. It's important for young people to know and be reminded that they are the ones who can change the world. I love how Mon Mothma declares the trust she has in Leia and knows how mature young people can be, even at the age of sixteen. This speaks volumes to Leia's character in the Star Wars saga. She was the thread that kept the Rebellion together and continued to fight for it all the way into the times of the First Order. At a young age, she was capable of making important decisions that forever shaped the future of the galaxy.

"My parents. My friends. My world. These are the things the Empire can never take away." -Leia

If you've seen Episode IV and know the fate of Alderaan, this quote will send chills down your spine. How sad is it that Leia felt the Empire couldn't take away those three things from her, yet it ultimately took each one. While the Empire may have physically taken her parents, friends, and world from her, I admire that Leia always holds those things dear to her heart in spirit. 

"I trust you with my life. But I don't trust the Empire with yours." -Bail Organa to Leia

Do you remember in Rogue One how Bail said he knew someone that he trusted with his life to help the Rebellion? Man, that got me. I love his devotion to his daughter.

"Don't do that. If you're one trying to be the opposite of a thing, you're still letting that thing define you." -Leia to Amilyn Holdo

Amilyn Holdo is obviously all about eccentric hair, dresses, and accessories. While she was trying to be the total opposite of the norm at Gatalenta, I love how Leia kindly called her out. It's okay to do your own thing and dress however you want, but don't do it just to be the opposite of something. 

She'd also hurried after one YT-model ship that had looked promisingly run-down and probably in need of money for repairs, but it took off before she could even reach it. 

This isn't a direct quote from a character, but it's a line from the book that made me smile. I love thinking that this was potentially the Millennium Falcon piloted by Han Solo, Leia's future husband, that she saw in a distance. Maybe it's a small world after all.

Leia had spent the past few months trying to prove she was an adult. But she wasn't this grown-up yet. She wasn't this hard or this tough. When she broke down, she fell apart, completely, as she hadn't since she was a child and rarely would again.

I omitted the rest of this section to avoid any spoilers, but again this just displays how tough Leia is even when she breaks down. She knows it's okay to grieve and be sad sometimes. That's a natural and healthy part of life. I love that she allowed herself to break down and have a moment of sadness when she needed it most. We all need those moments sometimes. 

There are so many more quotes and lines from the book that I could discuss here, but I wanted to keep this post spoiler-free so everyone can enjoy the book the same way I did. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend checking it out! Claudia Gray's writing style is unlike anything I've read before. She's an incredible author and I can't wait to read her other Star Wars books soon. Did you read Leia, Princess of Alderaan? What was your favorite quote from the book?

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