"It isn't, primarily, for self-defense. If someone attacked me with a blaster and I did not have my saber on me, I could easily toss him into a bulkhead, or simply close the distance with a Force leap and beat him unconscious. I've done it before."
"It certainly isn't to intimidate people. You may have noticed this, but if a Force-user wants someone to feel intimidated, generally, they do."
"The lightsaber is a tool, like any other."
"Currently, as far as tools go, you have your wits, and you have the raw Force. And, I suppose, you have Talon. Of these, your wits are by far the most powerful. The Force can be blocked, and you will not always know the right technique to apply. Talon, though I'm sure he's an effective combatant, is not invincible. Your wits can tell you how to use the other tools you have, which is vital - but if you have no tool appropriate to the situation... then you will fail."
"The lightsaber is a tool. And the reason we carry it is that the more tools you have, the less likely you are to need any particular one."
"The Jedi can give you many tools. With those tools, it is my fondest hope that you will never again be trapped without any means of escape."