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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]


The excitement of action conquers fear. But suspense is horrible. ~"A Night Never To Be Forgotten," in Putnam's Monthly, November 1855


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]


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


But to fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved, 1980


...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, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life. ~Bertrand Russell


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, @cscoan, February 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


Fearlessness burns its bridges behind; fear, the bridges before. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before... You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt, "Fear — The Great Enemy," You Learn By Living, 1960


...it's okay to be afraid. Fear is just your feelings asking for a hug. ~My Name Is Earl, "South of the Border: Part Uno," 2006, written by Michael Pennie  [S2, E10, Joy]


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


To fear love is to fear life, and 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


Don't let your throat tighten
with fear. Take sips of breath
all day and night...
~Rumi, interpreted by Coleman Barks


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


Fear cannot conquer the mind if the heart teaches it how to live strong. ~Sarah Heintze, @Selly06, February 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


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


"Hudson believes," continued Pyle, disdainful of the annoyance, "that if a man harbors any sort of fear, no matter how benign and apparently harmless, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost..." ~Lloyd C. Douglas, Magnificent Obsession, 1929


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


It is fear that holds men back — fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful, fear lest they themselves should prove less worthy of respect than they have supposed themselves to be... Hope, not fear, is the creative principle in human affairs. All that has made man great has sprung from the attempt to secure what is good, not from the struggle to avert what was thought evil. ~Bertrand Russell, "Education," Why Men Fight: A Method of Abolishing the International Duel, 1917


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


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


Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.  ~Ernest Hemingway, Men at War, 1942


...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, @mnkurka, February 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


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


[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, @anuewe, February 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


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


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


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



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