31 Quotes that Encourage Amor Fati (Amor Fati Quotes)

31 Quotes that Encourage Amor Fati (Amor Fati Quotes)

Last Updated on June 11, 2024 by The Unbounded Thinker

Amor Fati (love of fate) is a stoic philosophical concept mostly promoted by Friedrich Nietzsche. The concept asks us to embrace suffering by perceiving it as a necessary aspect of life. Amor Fati discourages us from resisting life’s obstacles and challenges. Instead, it asks us to love them and use them as fuel for our potential. Mainly, it urges us to accept whatever life throws at us.

I used to ignore Amor Fati because I perceived it as a pessimistic philosophy that would attract negative events in my life if I embrace it. However, I have now realized that it is a valuable philosophy that helps us overcome the difficulties of physical life that we’ll all face. It helps us embrace a positive attitude towards life’s challenges and prevents the possibility of severe depression when we face them. Most importantly, I realized that Amor Fati forces us to learn to surrender to the flow of life.

I fell in love with Amor Fati and collected the following quotes.

  1. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
  2.  “The Fates lead the willing, but drag the unwilling.” – Cleanthes
  3. ”If we are lashed and torn by fortune, let us bear it.” – Seneca
  4. “What then is part of a good man, to offer himself to fate.” – Seneca
  5. “Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.”- Socrates
  6. “The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open. Welcome difficulty as a familiar comrade. Joke with torment brought by the friend. Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, then are taken off.” – Jalaluddin Rumi
  7. “Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? – Jalaluddin Rumi
  8. “Accept whatever happens to you, in crushing misfortune be present.” – Sirach 2:4
  9. “I do not want to wage war against ugliness. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse the accusers. Let looking away be my only negation! And, all in all, and on the whole: someday I want only to be a Yes-sayer!” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  10.  “My formula for human greatness is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not in the future, not in the past, not for all eternity.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  11.  “A person who reasons well, understands and considers, that if he joins himself to God, he shall go safely through his journey. ‘How do you mean join himself to God?’ That whatever is the will of God may be his will too, that whatever is not the will of God, may not be his.”- John Bonforte, Philosophy of Epictetus
  12. ‘Say to yourself, ‘I have placed my pursuits under the direction of God. Is it his will that I should have a fever? It is my will too. Is it his will that I should obtain anything? It is my will too.’- John Bonforte, Philosophy of Epictetus
  13. “Conduct me, O God, and thou, O destiny. Wherever your decrees have fixed my lot. I follow cheerfully.” –John Bonforte, Philosophy of Epictetus
  14. “Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” – Epictetus
  15. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu
  16. “No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” – Alan Watts
  17. “To be in alignment with what is, means to be in a relationship of inner nonresistance with what happens.” – Eckhart Tolle
  18. “When you hate what you are doing, complain about your surroundings, curse things that are happening or have happened, or when your internal dialogue consists of shoulds and shouldn’ts, of blaming and accusing, when you are arguing with what is, arguing with that which is always already the case. You are making Life into an enemy and Life says,“War is what you want, and war is what you get.” – Eckhart Tolle
  19. “Become friendly toward life, welcome it no matter in what disguise it comes.” – Eckhart Tolle
  20. “Only if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness.” – Eckhart Tolle
  21. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; taking this world as it is and not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.”  − Reinhold Niebuhr
  1. “Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult.” – Scott Peck
  2. “To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden.” – Seneca
  3. “Fighting with reality; fighting with the things we cannot change, will leave us disturbed, angry at the world, blaming others, resenting life, and hating the gods.” – Jonas Salzgeber
  4. Focus on what you can control, and take the rest as it happens” – Jonas Salzgeber
  5. “Don’t create complexities around yourself. Don’t create demands. Whatsoever comes on its own, receive it as a gift, a grace of God, and enjoy and delight in it.” – Osho
  6. “Life destroys nobody, but if you fight with it you will be destroyed by your own violence.” – Osho
  7. “Instead of pursuing happiness, start living life according to the way things are instead of the way they should be. Much unhappiness is caused by the belief that life should be different from what it actually is. Accepting reality for what it is will liberate you from the imprisonment of what ought to be.” – Ernie Zelinski
  8. “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” – Eckhart Tolle
  9. “Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to something that already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.” – Eckhart Tolle
  10. “To resist change. To try to cling to life, is therefore like holding your breath: if you persist you kill yourself.” – Alan Watts

I believe these quotes will help you understand the concept of Amor Fati and even encourage you to embrace it. If you loved these quotes, you can check out the Taoism quotes I compiled, which also encourage you to go with the flow of life.


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