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Yoda famously said that "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

This seems to fit just a little too well with Romans 5:3-4, as rendered in some translations of the Bible:

Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance, and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.

World English Bible translation

This could describe the sequel trilogy rather well. In particular, the reference to "hope" seems a little too close.

Lucas definitely borrowed heavily from other works. He also definitely lifted some things from the Bible, a fact acknowledged by current Lucasfilm employees. For example, the moon of Endor is likely a Biblical name, one made famous by the Witch of Endor. And much more was borrowed in general themes, of course: Anakin's virgin birth, Luke and Anakin as saviors born in the desert.

Are there any statements indicating that he may have been inspired by this passage?

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    Questions about the inspiration behind something are questions about science fiction and fantasy, you know. ;) We've had a small number of them. – Adamant Oct 16 '17 at 2:31
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    It is, of course, impossible to prove a negative, but I can't recall reading anything about this, despite being quite into the mythology behind Star Wars, and I couldn't fin a source suggesting this connection after some searching. I'm leaning towards 'no'. – Daniel B Oct 16 '17 at 7:28
  • I always thought the hate-> suffering was borrowed from buddhisms dvesha -> dukkha – user68762 Oct 16 '17 at 20:18
  • @Morrigan - a demonstration that that’s where it came from would be a good answer. – Adamant Oct 16 '17 at 21:31
  • @Adamant noooo... unraveling authorial intent & inspiration is your forte, not mine. Y'know i am too ignorant and lazy for it so i separate the work from the creator :P – user68762 Oct 16 '17 at 23:10
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Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hatred, and hatred leads to violence. This is the equation.

Quote by Ibn Rushd, famous Andalusian scholar, that has most relevance here.

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    Indeed it would be very relevant! Can you find the original work in which this quote appears? I am having trouble. – Adamant Mar 15 at 16:39
  • Did some research, not 100 percent sure, but seems it's from one of his books. However could not find an English version. Averroes: Antologia – user112954 Mar 15 at 17:48
  • Can you find an Modern Arabic version online? – Adamant Mar 15 at 18:30
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There seems to be no reasons to believe there is any connection here, for a couple of reasons.

This quote from Yoda was analyzed quite a bit, even before The Phantom Menace came out. It was included as part of the teaser trailer. All the pre-release footage of the film was gone over in excruciating detail by fans, and in all the online discussions about what we were learning about how the story of Episode I would take shape, there was never any suggestion that I came across that this was related Paul's Epistle to the Romans.

In terms of the content of the quotes, I also think there is actually very little similarity between the them. They both contain elements superficially of the form A leads to B; B leads to C; C leads to D, but that is hardly an uncommon formula. The specific linking phrases are used by Yoda are not shared by any of the major English translations. (King James has very similar linkages to the World English Bible translation posted in the question, although the properties are rendered as "tribulation," "patience," "experience," and "hope.")

More significantly, I think, the quotes seem to be expressing completely opposite sentiments. Paul is telling the early Christians to rejoice in their hardship, because it will help to lead them onto a true path of hopefulness. Yoda is pointing out that negative emotions do not typically lead to positive ones. Even a relatively unselfish negative emotion like fear can, if not addressed, lead to a cascade of other, even darker thoughts. From the point of view of the Jedi, suffering is an end cause to be avoided, not (as Paul hoped) a beginning from which glorious ends may come.

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