Fatalism Quotes

Quotes on Fatalism

Fatalism, n. Belief that all events are predetermined by arbitrary decree; submission to all that happens as inevitable. – The Concise Oxford Dictionary

Fatalism = Doctrine of complete determinism by divine power. – The Steinerbooks Dictionary of the Psychic Mystic Occult

I think I am pretty much of a fatalist. You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Life isn’t meant to be easy. It’s hard to take being on the top – or on the bottom. I guess I’m something of a fatalist. … Life is one crisis after another. – Richard Nixon

Fatalism is the lazy man’s way of accepting the inevitable. – Natalie Clifford Barney

A strict belief in fate is the worst of slavery, imposing upon our necks an everlasting lord and tyrant, whom we are to stand in awe of night and day. – Epicurus

…curious way that my idealism has been mixed with my fatalism, so that I can possess the soul of a dreamer and that of a cynic at the same time… – Anais Nin

Stars and Fatalism
The stars are only the father of your fate. The mother is your own soul. – Johannes Kepler
(Hajo Banzhaf found his beautiful quote – thank you, Hajo!)

Is astrology fatalistic?
No. Astrology acknowledges the existence of free will … yet [man] is free only within bounds. It is no more fatalistic to assume that a human being is programmed for spiritual growth than to admit that the body is the result of a genetic heritage. The supposition that man is subject to incontrovertible laws is as much an expression of faith as of fatalism.

The illuminating idea behind astrology is that the universe is lawful on a mental and moral, as well as physical plane. Only by working with and within the plan of creation can one achieve any real measure of freedom. The astrologer endeavors to discover what nature wants him to do, and then cooperates in carrying out this purpose. – Marcia Moore – Mark Douglas

Every culture has its own astrology – the consciousness of that culture determines what level of understanding they can have of astrology. This is also why importing extremely fatalistic German or extremely fatalistic Indian types of astrology is often rather hopeless and often rather useless with intelligent Westerners who don’t have that type of consciousness. I’m not saying that it’s worthless to study those things. But to import it intact and try to pretend that it can apply to all modern Americans will get you into a bit of trouble. – Stephen Arroyo, astrologer

Pluto represents … socially inescapable result of what the “collective mind” of previous generations had thought out, visualized, and set in operation.
But this Pluto, which is social fate (or at a higher level, spiritual-cosmic necessity or Karma), for already grown or growing individuals produces instead opportunities … to solve the problems of the “collective mind”. No natal planet ever represents fate or some inevitable outcome. It is, on the contrary, God’s solution to one of the newborn’s typical problems. – Dane Rudhyar, astrologer

The stars and planets and constellations decide not one’s fate. – Zarathushtra

Fatalism and Christianity
The Bible teaches both that God is in control and that people make real choices. These two truths go side by side throughout the Scriptures. The Bible absolutely does not teach fatalism. But neither does it teach that people are absolutely free and autonomous. The effects of the Fall and our very natures restrain us. This is called an antinomy. That is (per the American Heritage Dictionary) A contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable. – Mike Walbert

The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life’s difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown. – James Stewart

Fatalism and Karma
KARMA is an Absolute and Eternal law in the World of manifestation; and as there can only be one Absolute, as One eternal ever present Cause, believers in Karma cannot be regarded as Atheists or materialists; still less as fatalists. – Helena Blavatsky

Karma does not mean fatalism, but rather, compensation. When a man buys something on credit, he creates a debt, and the law declares that he must pay that dept. In a material, economic transaction this would not be regarded as fatalism, but as responsibility. – Manly P. Hall

The Hindu and Buddhist idea of karma and the Muslim idea of kismet, or fate condemn the poor and the disabled to their suffering. … It’s the will of Allah. These beliefs are nothing but abject fatalism, and they would devastate the social gains this nation has made if they were ever put into practice. – Pat Robertson’s The New World Order

Fate is what an outside will imposes upon us, irrespective of our merits or demerits. Karma is what unconsciously our own will has imposed upon us through the come-back of our actions. – Paul Brunton

Wouldn’t it be terrible to discover that life is indeed fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us happen because we really deserve them? – J. M. Straczynski

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