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Quotations about Fear


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Doubts and fears are the heaviest burdens. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Three-fourths of Life," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


I would have given anything for the power to soothe her frail soul, tormenting itself in its invincible ignorance like a small bird beating about the cruel wires of a cage. Nothing easier than to say, Have no fear! Nothing more difficult. How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat? ~Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim: A Romance, 1899


Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.  ~Herald and Presbyter, 1907


Little fears love to walk on stilts. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Apophthegms," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident, which may operate upon this intolerable agitation of soul. I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect—in terror. In this unnerved—in this pitiable condition—I feel that I must inevitably abandon life and reason together, in my struggles with the grim phantasm, FEAR. ~Edgar A. Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839  [This wording is a combination of the original 1839 and later revisions. —tg]


Fear causes inaction. Inaction causes pain. QED, fear causes pain. ~Sleepy Hollow, "For the Triumph of Evil," 2013, teleplay by Jose Molina  [S1, E3, Ichabod Crane to Abbie Mills]


Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.  ~Brendan Francis


There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  ~Frederick W. Cropp


There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.  ~Andre Gide


It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.” ~Tim Fargo


It makes a great difference how you approach a difficulty. Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them, if you stand and hesitate, if you take your eyes from theirs, they are liable to spring upon you; but if you do not flinch, if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. So difficulties flee before absolute fearlessness... ~Orison Swett Marden, "Minimizing Difficulties," The Optimistic Life, or: In the Cheering-Up Business, 1907


Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven.  ~James Hastings


...fatal demon of fear... ~Edgar A. Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher, 1839


Fear alone is real death to the brave man. ~Proverb


...and where there is death in a thousand forms, we die of fear itself. ~Richard de Bury (1287–1345)


You can't let fear direct your life — because then you don't really move, you just stand still. ~Nyla Gibson, Extreme Weight Loss, 2011–2012


To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.  ~Bertrand Russell


Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.  ~Brendan Francis


Well…
I was walking in the night
And I saw nothing scary,
For I have never been afraid
Of anything. Not very.
~Dr. Seuss, "What was I Scared of?," Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961


Fear cannot take what you do not give it. ~Christopher Coan, February 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Fear is just your feelings asking for a hug.  ~Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Michael Pennie, My Name is Earl, "South of the Border Part Uno/Dos," original airdate 7 December 2006, spoken by the character Joy Turner


He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Don't turn your back upon your doctrinal doubts and difficulties. Go up to them and examine them. Perhaps the ghastly object which looks to you in the twilight like a sheeted ghost may prove to be no more than a table-cloth hanging upon a hedge. ~A. H. Boyd


Fear is one part prudence. ~Proverb


Those who fear life are already three parts dead.  ~Bertrand Russell


Replace fear with gratitude, and your whole world changes. ~Terri Guillemets, "A renewed outlook," 2007


Fear makes us feel our humanity... ~Benjamin Disraeli


A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.  ~George Matthew Adams


There are times when fear is good.  It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.  ~Aeschylus


Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers. ~Proverb


Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.  ~Samuel Butler


Beneath fear, a bit of poetry always escapes. Sometimes, a ready soul picks it up and transforms it into beautiful verses of courage. ~Terri Guillemets, "Abandoned treasure," 2016


Fear cannot conquer the mind if the heart teaches it how to live strong. ~Sarah Heintze, February 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you living in better conditions.  ~Hāfez


He who shows fear gives courage to his adversary. ~Proverb


Fear is untrust of the process of life. ~Terri Guillemets


Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.  ~German Proverb


If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost. ~Lloyd Douglas


A man afraid of death will never play the part of a live man. ~Seneca, "On Tranquility of Mind," translated by Moses Hadas


Fear has big eyes. ~Proverb


A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.  ~Arab Proverb


Don't fear, just live right.  ~Neal A. Maxwell


You are the one giving fear a leg to stand on. ~Dodinsky


Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill


When the Sun sets, shadows, that shew'd at Noon
But small, appear most long and terrible;
So, when we think Fate hovers o'er our Heads,
Our apprehensions shoot beyond all bounds,
Owls, Ravens, Crickets seem the watch of death,
Nature's worst Vermine scare her God-like Sons.
Ecchoes the very leavings of a Voice,
Grow babling Ghosts, and call us to our Graves:
Each Mole-hill thought swells to a huge Olympus,
While we fantastick Dreamers heave and puff,
And sweat with an Imagination's weight...
~John Dryden, Oedipus


...but fear is an incompetent teacher. ~Star Trek: Picard, "Et In Arcadia Ego, Part 2," 2020, teleplay by Michael Chabon  [S1, E10, Jean-Luc Picard]


A coward's fear makes a brave man braver. ~Proverb


Listen to the little voice of doubt only if it has something insightful to say, not if it's just spouting fear. ~Terri Guillemets


Those that walk with fear will always be too busy hiding. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2012


Fear cannot destroy your dreams, only you can. ~Michelle Kurka, February 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Fear is a slinking cat I find
Beneath the lilacs of my mind.
~Sophie L. Tunnell (1884–1936)


He who fears something gives it power over him.  ~Moorish Proverb


Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.  ~Author Unknown


I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story... ~Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, 2012


Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it.  ~Donald Dowes


I have accepted fear as a part of life — specifically the fear of change.... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. ~Erica Jong


The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~Lady Bird Johnson


[F]ear can be induced the sympathetic way from man to man. ~Wolfgang Langewiesche (1907–2002), "Knapsack of Salvation," I'll Take the High Road, 1939


Breathe in so much gratitude that there's no room for fear. ~Terri Guillemets


I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. ~Frank Herbert (1920–1986), Dune


Fear is advance panic of unexpected life. ~Terri Guillemets


Fear is the mother of foresight:  spiritual fear... temporal fear... ~Henry Taylor


Fear is the parent of cruelty. ~James Anthony Froude


Cruelty and fear are brothers. ~Proverbs by William Hardcastle Browne, 1900


Fear and courage are brothers. ~Terri Guillemets


Fear cannot be unless you let it be! ~Anu Ewebiyi, February 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


A coward's heart panteth in his breast... ~Homer


Cowardice —
the great horror of mind,
gnawing and poisonous.
~Terri Guillemets, "Afraid," 2018, blackout poetry created from Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850, page 136


He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.  ~French Proverb


There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.  ~Mark Twain


To lead is difficult when you're a follower of fear. ~Terri Guillemets


The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal, 1833 September 10th


Faith smiled but I was scared to death. ~Terri Guillemets, 2018, blackout poetry created from Kate Carlisle, One Book in the Grave, 2012, page 110



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