Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good
we often might win, by fearing to attempt.
Louisa May Alcott:
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to
sail my ship.
Robert G Alle:
Fear melts when you take action towards a goal you
Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
St. Francis of Assisi
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither
fear nor ignorance.
If you are distressed by anything external, the
pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you
have the power to revoke at any moment.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he
should fear never beginning to live.
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life:
Overcome fear, behold wonder.
Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.
James A. Baldwin
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live
without and know we cannot live within.
I do respect people's faith, but I don't respect
their manipulation of that faith in order to create fear and control.
Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone
and into your appreciation zone.
[W]e now know that the human animal is
characterized by two great fears that other animals are protected from: the
fear of life and the fear of death... Heidegger brought these fears to the
center of his existential philosophy. He argued that the basic anxiety of
[humanity] is anxiety about being-in-the-world, as well as anxiety of
being-in-the-world. That is, both fear of death and fear of life, of experience
While we are focusing on fear, worry or hate, it is
not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love.
Corrie Ten Boom
Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling
around a center of fear.
Louis E. Boone
Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try
new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could
have, might have, and should have.
Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate
The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is
our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.
H. Jackson Browne:
Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where
the fruit is.
William Jennings Bryan
The way to develop self-confidence is to do the
thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
Pearl S. Buck:
You can judge your age by the amount of pain you
feel when you come in contact with a new idea.
Pearl S. Buck:
Our society must make it right and possible for old
people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a
civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you
reject all help are you freed.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when
one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one
has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
We simply attempt to be fearful when others are
greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.
Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to
people not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments, and that leads
to more fear. We'll break out of it. It (just) takes time.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its
powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing
James F. Bymes:
Too many people are thinking of security instead of
opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I
fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we
sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there
is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on
If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think
about it. Go out and get busy.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds
confidence and courage.
You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so.
For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately
probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
George Washington Carver
Fear of something is at the root of hate for
others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war, wide
awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge
or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it will
live to regret his steps.
In spite of your fear, do what you have to do.
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse
than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in
search of its dream.
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely
certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to
Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the
contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of
my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be
understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the
fear in order to get close enough to love them.
The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of
negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting
into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what
people fear most.
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it;
he who fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
Fear makes us feel out humanity.
Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.
Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the
face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back
on the inhale.
The components of anxiety, stress, fear and anger
do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the
physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
I accept chaos. I am not sure whether it accepts
me. I know some people are terrified of the bomb. But then some people are
terrified to be seen carrying a modern screen magazine. Experience teaches us
that silence terrifies people the most.
If people are good because they fear punishment,
and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all
fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
This world of ours...must avoid becoming a
community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of
mutual trust and respect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Knowledge is the antidote to fear
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself
on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's
duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your
reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not
learned the secret of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing
in the world.
Erik H. Erikson
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders
have integrity enough not to fear death.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of
every fear is a freedom.
Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and
why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains
information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or
unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the
heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it
should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure.
Continue to reach out.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear
of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand
times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of
Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
People always fear change. People feared
electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared
gas-powered engines...There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to
I don't fear death because I believe it is a
transition. Our souls can't be destroyed. I know we are going to live in
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Fear is my good friend, it shows me the way to
nowhere; I choose another way.
Kathie Lee Gifford
A fear of the unknown keeps a lot of people from
leaving bad situations.
William E. Gladstone
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by
prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
Most of the time common stocks are subject to
irrational and excessive price fluctuations in both directions as the
consequence of the ingrained tendency of most people to speculate or gamble...
to give way to hope, fear and greed.
An important consequence of freeing oneself from
the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and
I know that if I scare myself once a day, I'm a
Fear is the passion of slaves.
it is better by noble boldness to run the risk of
being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly
listlessness for fear of what might happen.
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.
Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of
that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it
I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to
save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.
At the end of the day, we must go forward with hope
and not backward by fear and division..
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth
living, and your belief will help create the fact.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result
of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we
must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our
sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability
to choose one thought over another.
The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our
spontaneous cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully, and act and speak as
if cheerfulness were already there. To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use
all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear.
A child does not have to be taught how to be happy or the ways of love. It
//is fear, hatred, and prejudice that have to be taught. And from the condition
of the world we can see that unfortunately there are some very good teachers.
There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the
I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear
astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of
Question with boldness even the existence of a God;
because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than
that of blind-folded fear.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important
tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because
almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of
embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death,
leaving only what is truly important.
John Paul Jones:
If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if
faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.
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.
There was never any fear for me, no fear of
failure. If I miss a shot, so what?
Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.
In this world, fear has no place. Only strength
John F. Kennedy:
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us
never fear to negotiate.
Americans are apocalyptic by nature. The reason why
is that we've always had so much, so we live in deadly fear that people are going
to take it away from us.
Martin Luther King Jr:
Men often hate each other because they fear each
other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know
each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because
they are separated.
Martin Luther King Jr:
We must build dykes of courage to hold back the
flood of fear.
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A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to
say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully.
It's having backbone.
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man
who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, peaceful man.
What is needed, rather than running away or
controlling or suppressing of any other resistance, is understanding fear; that
means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to
learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
The constant assertion of belief is an indication
We need to teach the next generation of children
from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest
gift, also it's greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our
choices built from love or from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi:
Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Love can no more continue without a constant motion
than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its
very life and being.
I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is
better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful
and optimistic, and we'll change the world.
What kind of man would live a life without daring?
Is life so sweet that we
should criticize men that seek adventure? Is there a
better way to die?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not
back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the
shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
I write for those women who do more speak, for
those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are
taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence
would save us, but it wont.
The key to making money in stocks is not to get
scared out of them.
African women in general need to know that oit's OK
for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to
be liberated from fear and from silence.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but
he who conquers that fear.
There is nothing I fear more than waking up without
a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no
resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the
sake of peace.
I have learned the novice can often see things that
the expert overlooks.
All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making
mistakes, or of appearing naive.
Fear makes strangers of people who would be
It is part of the general pattern of a misguided
policy that our country is not geared to an arms economy which is bred in an
artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant
propaganda of fear.
We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects
of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
John C. Maxwell
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant
fear that we will make one.
We are taught to understand, correctly, that
courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our
It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.
Karl A. Menninger
The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the
roar of fear.
H. L. Mencken
The o e permanent emotion of the inferior man is
fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above
everything else is safety.
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give
in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves
there is no hope of finding ourselves.
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people
strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy,
doubt or fear.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that,
fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks, and vanishes. You are free.
I think we've been an agent for change, everywhere,
and I think change frightens people. They're going nicely in what seems like a
settled industry, and someone comes in and says: "I can do this better. It
doesn't matter how nice that other one is." That's one of the
distinguishing points of our acquisitions.
John F. Murray
Fear is essential for courage.
My fear was not of death itself, but a death
Fear is the mother of morality.
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to
accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass
anyway; we might as well put that time to the best possible use.
How very little can be done under the spirit of
People living deeply have no fear of death.
That is the true genius of America, a faith in the
simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can say
what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door.
That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or
hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can participate in the political
process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted...
Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make
the heart bigger.
Bonaro W. Overstreet:
Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake
toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept
themselves, to like themselves.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind
is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with
George S. Patton
The time to take counsel of your fears is before
you make and important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear
you can imagine. When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your
decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
George S. Patton
If we take the generally accepted definition of
bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All
men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are
George S. Patton
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
Norman Vincent Peale
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you
take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to
follow. But any action is better than no action at all.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear
of being wrong.
Anger is nothing more than an outward expression of
hurt, fear and frustration
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are
Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he
that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
To good and true love, fear is forever affixed.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the
judgment that something else is more important than fear.
When you are sixteen there is no fear whatsoever.
As you get older you play in more important games and that is when you start
thinking about what will happen if you win or lose.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the
things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of
successful experience behind him.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
...the only thing we have to fear is fear
itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed
efforts to convert retreat into advance.
J. K. Rowling
I was set free because my greatest fear had
been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old
typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on
which I rebuilt my life.
Don Miguel Ruiz:
Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest
fear is taking the risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we
Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends
to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear
life are already three parts dead.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every
opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of
the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in
destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people.
The scariest thought in the world is that someday
I'll wake up and realize I've been sleepwalking through my life: under-appreciating
the people I love, making the same hurtful mistakes over and over, a slave to
neurosis, fear and the habitual.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Where fear is, happiness is not.
Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs
more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness
that robs the joy from life.
George Bernard Shaw
(If) you are going to let the fear of poverty
govern your life, and your reward will be that you will eat but you will not
Percy Bysshe Shelley:
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
The hens they all cackle, the roosters all beg,
But I will not hatch, I will not hatch.
For I hear all the talk of pollution and war
As the people all shout and the airplane roar,
So I'm staying in here where it's safe and it's warm,
And I WILL NOT HATCH!
Elisabeth Cady Stanton
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others
and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are
silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow
into our souls.
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates
indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who
procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause
erosion of confidence, and then the downward spiral begins.
Robert Louis Stevenson:
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your
inspiration with others.
I'm doing everything I can to sabotage my career.
It's a little thing called "fear of success".
Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.
I'm intimidated by the fear of being average.
Live your life that the fear of death can never
enter your heart.
When your time comes to die, do not be like those
whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they
weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a
different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home..
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to
The most destructive element in the human mind is
fear. Fear creates aggressiveness.
There is nothing to fear except the persistent
refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.
Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a
bogeyman around, turn on the light.
Henry David Thoreau:
When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am
invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
Fear arises through identification with form,
whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a
self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the
formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of
who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension
of inner space which alone is true freedom.
Thinking, or more precisely identification with
thinking, gives rise to and maintains the ego, which, in our Western society in
particular, is out of control. It believes it is real and tries hard to
maintain its supremacy. Negative states
of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of
Internal and external are ultimately one. When you
no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there
is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion
arise, and they affect the world.
When even one American - who has done nothing wrong
- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans
are in peril.
The key to success is to focus our conscious mind
on things we desire not things we fear.
Harry S. Truman
America was not built on fear. America was built on
courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions
and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest
inconvenience from it.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not
absence of fear.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is
The safest course is to do nothing against one's
conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the
greatest of evils, the fear of the worst continues to haunt him
As you know from school, it's when you have not
prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have
prepared, even if your fail, you've done your best.
Thomas John Watson, Sr.
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker.
Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less
the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity.
William Allen White:
I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday
and I love today.
Remember that you are a teacher, you are helping
people, making them feel safer, taking them from fear to love, from ignorance
The secret is: don't hold back. I know it
doesn't work you tried it. But did you really?
When it's time not to hold back, you shouldn't hold
back at all.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our
darkness that most frightens us.
I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that
in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow
of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one
another. And I know for sure that there is no them.. there's only us.
I believe that every single event in life happens
in an opportunity to choose love over fear.
The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of
it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.
The beauty of the world has two edges, one of
laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to
all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having one
desire - for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness - that
is the way to live in this world.
Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how
easy it is to get along.
In order to properly understand the big picture,
everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small
section of truth.
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me
than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the
fate of men.