Fear Quotes

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Fear Quotes Index

About Fear
Bible Verses
Conquering Fear
Detriment of Fear
Fear and Faith
Fear and Hate
Fear and Love
Fear and Success
Fear in Battle
Fear of Change
Fear of Death
Fear of Evil
Fear of Failure
Fear of Mistakes
Fear of Poverty
Fear of Success
Fear of the Unknown
Funny
Good Advice
Illusion of Fear
Insightful
Inspirational
Profound
Proverbs
Usefulness of Fear

About Fear

"Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark."
~ Francis Bacon

"What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope."
~ Publilius Syrus - Moral Sayings (1st C B.C.)

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
~ Bertrand Russell

"The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

"Cruelty is a tyrant that's always attended with fear."
~ Thomas Fuller

"When desire dies, fear is born."
~ Baltasar Gracian

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

"Where fear is, happiness is not."
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear."
~ Corrie Ten Boom

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"There is no passion so contagious as that of fear."
~ Michel de Montaigne

"Fear has many eyes and can see things underground."
~ Miguel de Cervantes

"Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another."
~ Aleister Crowley

"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop."
~ Usman B. Asif

"Fear is the highest fence."
~ Dudley Nichols

"Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small."
~ Ruth Gendler

"Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends."
~ Shirley Maclaine

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

"Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind."
~ Sophie Tunnell

"Fear is faith that it won't work out."
~ Sister Mary Tricky

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Bible Verses

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
~ Bible - Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

"The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?"
~ Bible - Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
~ Bible – 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJB)

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
~ Bible – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
~ Bible – 1 John 4:18 (NIV)

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Conquering Fear

"Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out."
~ Karl Augustus Menninger

"Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will."
~ James Stephens

"Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear."
~ Isa Upanishad, Hindu Scripture

"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"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

"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."
~ Buddha

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"Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
~ Mark Twain

"Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free."
~ Jim Morrison

"Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear."
~ Dale Carnegie

"If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Thinking will not overcome fear but action will."
~ W. Clement Stone

"Action conquers fear."
~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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

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Detriment of Fear

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake."
~ Edgar Wallace - The Clue of the Twisted Candle (1916)

"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."
~ Edmund Burke

"The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything."
~ Eric Hoffer

"Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear."
~ Bertrand Russell

"Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles."
~ Jean Toomer

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

"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

"Those that walk with fear will always be too busy hiding."
~ Mike Dolan, www.hawaiianlife.com

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Fear and Faith

"Faith activates God - Fear activates the Enemy."
~ Joel Osteen

"Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence."
~ Pope John Paul II

"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith."
~ Mary Manin Morrissey

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

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

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Fear and Hate

"Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater."
~ George Washington Carver

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Fear and Love

"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear."
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead."
~ Bertrand Russell

"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 then the one derived from fear of punishment."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here."
~ Marianne Williamson

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."
~ James A. Baldwin

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Fear and Success

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
~ Bill Cosby

"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear."
~ Brian Tracy

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Fear in Battle

"If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles."
~ Sun Tzu

"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood."
~ George S. Patton

"The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an 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

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Fear of Change

"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 fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters."
~ Bill Gates

"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

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Fear of Death

"Why are we scared to die? Do any of us remember being scared when we were born?"
~ Trevor Kay

"People living deeply have no fear of death."
~ Anais Nin

"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."
~ Albert Einstein

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

"People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend."
~ Jim Morrison

"I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away."
~ Hedy Lamarr

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Fear of Evil

"I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him."
~ Saint Teresa of Avila

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Fear of Failure

"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back."
~ Babe Ruth

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Fear of Mistakes

"Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one."
~ John C. Maxwell

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Fear of Poverty

"You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live."
~ George Bernard Shaw

"Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools."
~ J. K. Rowling

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Fear of Success

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

"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."
~ Marianne Williamson

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Fear of the Unknown

"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

"Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear."
~ William Congreve

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Funny

"All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears--of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words 'Some Assembly Required.'"
~ Dave Barry

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

"I don't have no fear of death. My only fear is coming back reincarnated."
~ Tupac Shakur

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Good Advice

"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."
~ Buddha

"Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not."
~ Virgil Thomson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"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."
~ William James

"He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death."
~ Voltaire

"Listen to what you know instead of what you fear."
~ Richard Bach

"The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best."
~ George Eliot

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"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."
~ Marie Curie

"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 just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
~ Earl Nightingale

"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."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or 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."
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it."
~ Bill Cosby

"Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight."
~ Orison Swett Marden

"The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1833

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

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Illusion of Fear

"Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real."
~ Unknown

"What are fears but voices airy?
Whispering harm where harm is not.
And deluding the unwary
Till the fatal bolt is shot!"
~ Wordsworth

"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

"Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind."
~ Dale Carnegie

"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."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"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."
~ Paulo Coelho

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Insightful

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold."
~ Helen Keller

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
~ Eric Hoffer

"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."
~ Marcus Aurelius

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
~ Mark Twain

"Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd."
~ Bertrand Russell

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
~ Bertrand Russell

"If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?"
~ Confucius

"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."
~ Steve Jobs

"Fear follows crime and is its punishment."
~ Voltaire

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"He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy."
~ Chanakya

"Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear."
~ Zora Neale Hurston

"A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty."
~ David Hume

"Peace is that state in which fear of any kind is unknown."
~ John Buchan

"It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death."
~ Epictetus

"Scalded cats fear even cold water."
~ Thomas Fuller

"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

"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear."
~ Rosa Parks

"To lead is difficult when you're a follower of fear."
~ T.A. Sachs

"Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death."
~ Betty Bender

"I more fear what is within me than what comes from without."
~ Martin Luther

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."
~ George S. Patton

"If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear?"
~ Stevie Nicks

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Inspirational

"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey."
~ Lord Byron

"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."
~ J. K. Rowling

"As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others."
~ Marianne Williamson

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

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

"No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service."
~ Christopher Columbus

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Profound

"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live."
~ Marcus Aurelius

"Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death."
~ Erik H. Erikson

"Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness."
~ James Thurber

"We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves."
~ Abraham Maslow

"Fear cannot take what you do not give it."
~ Christopher Coan

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Proverbs

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

"Fear is only as deep as the mind allows."
~ Japanese Proverb

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

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

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

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Usefulness of Fear

"Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety."
~ Henry H. Tweedy

"Fear has its use but cowardice has none."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Fear is the mother of morality."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress."
~ Bruce Barton

"Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it."
~ Leonardo da Vinci

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

"Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

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