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Quotes About Fear

These are quotes of, about, or related to fear. May you find them interesting, inspiring, thought-provoking, or amusing.

For easy reference, they have been arranged into sub-categories.

Enjoy!

Action | Anticipation | Attachment | Being Present | Change
Courage | Cowardice | Creative Thought | Death | Emotions
Failure | Faith | Fear | Focus | Foreign Policy | Freedom
Fulfillment | Illusion | Learning | Life & Living | Love |
Motivation
| Peace | Perfection | Political Correctness
Problems with Fear
| Relationships | Science Fiction
Self Acceptance | Self Awareness Sports | Success
Technology | Understanding | The Unknown

Action (Taking) & Fear
"Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy."
- Henry C. Link

“Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles.”
- Jean Toomer

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
- Dale Carnegie

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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Anticipation & Fear
"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it."
- Alfred Hitchcock

 

Attachment & Fear
"Learn to let go you must, from things you fear to lose."
- Yoda

Being Present & Fear
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.”
- Fulton Oursler

"Tomorrow holds no fears for me, Since I have found today."
- Vivian Yeiser Laramor

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Belief and Fear
"The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear."
- Krishnamurti

“Fear is the mother of morality”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Change and Fear
“The key to change... is to let go of fear.”
- Rosanne Cash

“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

Courage and Fear
"Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back. "
- Publilius Syrus

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”
- Ambrose Redmoon

"Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.)"
- Robert Heinlein

"Courage is not the towering oak
That sees storms come and go,
It is the fragile blossom
That opens in the snow."
- Alice MacKenzie Swaim

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Cowardice
“Fear has its use but cowardice has none.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

Creative Thought and Fear
"We invent what we love, and what we fear."
- John Irving

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong"
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Death & Fear
"Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is. I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?"
- Epicurus

"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity."
-Seneca

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
- Mark Twain

"We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death."
- David Sarnoff

"Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other."
- Francis Bacon

"Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live."
- Henry Van Dyke

"People living deeply have no fear of death."
- Anaiïs Nin

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Emotions and Fear
"He who remains calm while those around him panics. . .
probably doesn't know what is going on."
- Unknown

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Fear of Failure
“Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.”
- Frederick Smith

Faith and Fear
"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
- Bible - Psalm 27:1

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
- Bible - Psalms 23:4

"The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. It is the storm within that endangers him, not the storm without."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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 nature."
- Anne Frank

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Fear (Nature of)
“Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.”
- Ruth Gendler

"By action and reaction do we become strong or weak, according to the character of our thoughts and mental states. Fear is the deadly nightshade of the mind."
- Edward Walker

“The definition of Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be having a good time.”
- Henry Louis Mencken

"Fear is not the natural state of civilized people."
- Aung San Suu Kyi

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Focus and Fear
“What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.”
- Anonymous

Foreign Policy
"If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear." - Gene Roddenberry

Freedom & Fear
“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”
- Marilyn Ferguson

“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. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
- Marianne Williamson

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Fulfillment and Fear
"It's the heart afraid of dying, that never learns to dance; It's the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance; It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give; And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live."
- Bette Midler “The Rose"

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Heaven's not beyond the clouds, it's just beyond the fear."
- Garth Brooks

"Fear, if allowed free rein, would reduce all of us to trembling shadows of men, for whom only death could bring release."
- John M. Wilson

"Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life...When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality."
- Henry David Thoreau

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Illusion & Fear
“FEAR is an acronym for 'False Evidence Appearing Real' "
- attributed to many, original source unknown

Learning & Fear
"Math anxiety: an intense lifelong fear of two trains approaching each other at speeds of 60 and 80 MPH."
- Rick Bayan

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Life and Living
"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 really are."
- Don Miguel Ruiz

"Fear not death, rather the inadequate life."
- Bertolt Brecht

"Don't Panic."
- Douglas Adams, "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"

Love and Fear
“Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.”
- Bill Russell

“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.”
- Anonymous

“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.”
- Merle Shain

"I have loved the stars too fondly to ever be fearful of the night."
- Sarah Williams

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Motivation & Fear
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
- Albert Einstein

Peace & Fear
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence."
- Desiderata

Perfection & Fear
"Have no fear of perfection--you'll never reach it."
-Salvador Dali

Political Correctness and Fear
"In our century, we've learned not to fear words."
- Lt. Uhura, Star Trek

Problems with Fear
"My father always had a fear of high altitudes. He'd get a nose bleed every time he stood on a thick carpet."
- The Danny Kaye Show

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Relationships and Fear
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”
- Shirley MacLaine

“The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we're afraid. We fear we will not find love, and when we find it we fear we'll lose it. We fear that if we do not have love we will be unhappy.”
- Richard Bach

"The only time you lie to someone is when you are afraid."
- John Gotti

"I don't worry about terrorism. I was married for two years."
-Sam Kinison

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Science Fiction & Fear
"In Space No One Can Hear You Scream."
- Tag line for the movie "Alien"

Self Acceptance & Fear
"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."
- Bonaro W. Overstreet

Self Awareness and Fear
"In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear, and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then, we will know what to do, what to say, how to be. What is right is always in our deepest heart of hearts. It is from the deepest part of our hearts that we are capable of reaching out and touching another human being. It is, after all, one heart touching another heart."
- Roberta Sage Hamilton

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Sports & Fear
"Mountain climbing is extended periods of intense boredom, interrupted by occasional moments of sheer terror."
- Unknown

"Just do it."
- Nike

"The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity."
- Unknown

Success and Fear
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”
- Sven Goran Eriksson

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
- Mary Manin Morrissey

"Fear of success is one of the new fears I've heard about lately. And I think its definitely a sign that we're running out of fears. A person suffering from fear of success is scraping the bottom of the fear barrel."
- Jerry Seinfeld

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic."
- Unknown

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Technology & Fear
"It's the opinion of some that crops could be grown on the moon. Which raises the fear that it may not be long before we're paying somebody not to."
- Franklin Jones

"Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
HAL: I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
- 2001 A Space Odyssey

Understanding & Fear
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
- Marie Curie

Unknown (Fear of)
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
- H. P. Lovecraft

"...The greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. But there's no such thing as 'the unknown,' only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood."
- Captain Kirk, Star Trek

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