Worry Quotes

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Learn from these quotes practical ways to cope with worry and recognize the futility of worry.

May you have the peace that passes all understanding and the wisdom and courage to take the necessary steps to resolve the situation causing worry.

Worry Quotes Index

About Worry
Consequences of Worry
Futility of Worry
Imagined Worries
Live in the Now
Most Worries Never Happen
Mountain Out of Mole Hill
One Day at a Time
Practical Advice on Worry
Worry and Faith
Worry and Health

About Worry

"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."
~ Glenn Turner

"Worry is an addiction that interferes with compassion."
~ Deng Ming-Dao

"Worry is rust upon the blade."
~ Henry Ward Hughes

"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due."
~ William Ralph Inge

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Consequences of Worry

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy."
~ Leo Buscaglia

"If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times."
~ Dean Smith

"Worry, doubt, fear and despair are the enemies which slowly bring us down to the ground and turn us to dust before we die."
~ Attributed to Douglas MacArthur

"We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies."
~ Etty Hillesum

"Worry -- a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray."
~ Benjamin Disraeli

"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength."
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Futility of Worry

"Worry is a misuse of imagination."
~ Dan Zadra

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."
~ Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

"It only seems as if you are doing something when you're worrying."
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

"A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt."
~ George Herbert

"Worry is a complete cycle of inefficient thought revolving about a pivot of fear."
~ Author Unknown

"Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be."
~ John Dryden

"Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything."
~ Mary Hemingway

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"People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching cold."
~ John Jay Chapman

"Troubles are a lot like people - they grow bigger if you nurse them."
~ Author Unknown

"I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting."
~ William Powell

"Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway."
~ Mary C. Crowley

"I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time."
~ Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

"Nerves and butterflies are fine - they're a physical sign that you're mentally ready and eager. You have to get the butterflies to fly in formation, that's the trick."
~ Steve Bull

"Don't tell me that worry doesn't do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don't happen."
~ Anonymous

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
~ Charles Schultz

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Imagined Worries

"Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist."
~ Edgar Watson Howe

"Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable."
~ Theodore N. Vail

"If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones."
~ Don Herold

"Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which will never happen."
~ James Russel Lowell

"Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen."
~ Pliny the Younger

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"People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them."
~ George Bernard Shaw, "Family Affection," Parents and Children, 1914

"It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge a elephant, but we can't dodge a fly."
~ Josh Billings

"You can never worry your way to enlightenment."
~ Terri Guillemets

"Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is to small to be made into a burden."
~ Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook

"A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work."
~ John Lubbock

"As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men's minds more seriously than what they see."
~ Julius Caesar

"Loneliness, insomnia, and change: the fear of these is even worse than the reality."
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained."
~ Arthur Somers Roche

"Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

"There are more things, Lucilius, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality."
~ Seneca

"Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.
~ Author Unknown

"As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can."
~ Julius Caesar

"You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do."
~ Olin Miller

"The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work."
~ Robert Frost

"It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized."
~ Wayne Dyer

"It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls."
~ Bruce Barton

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"I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal - and soon they'll forget my number."
~ Edith Armstrong

"If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you."
~ Calvin Coolidge

"Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there."
~ Author Unknown

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!"
~ Barbara Hoffman

"Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever."
~ Isak Dinesen

"If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying."
~ Dale Carnegie

"Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire."
~ Dale Carnegie

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Live in the Now

"Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday."
~ Author Unknown

"I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time."
~ Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

"It aint no use putting up your umbrella till it rains."
~ Alice Caldwell Rice

"We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays."
~ Persius

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Most Worries Never Happen

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
~ Mark Twain

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened."
~ Michel de Montaigne

"How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened."
~ Thomas Jefferson

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Mountain Out of Mole Hill

"Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face."
~ Nelson DeMille

"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow."
~ Swedish Proverb

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One Day at a Time

"We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it."
~ John Newton

"I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us."
~ Dorothy Day

"It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down."
~ George MacDonald

"No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear."
~ George MacDonald

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Practical Advice on Worry

"Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff."
~ Robert Eliot

"If things go wrong, don't go with them."
~ Roger Babson

"Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."
~ Benjamin Franklin

"If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep."
~ Dale Carnegie

"You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time."
~ Pat Schroeder

"For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe."
~ Author Unknown

"As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey."
~ Thomas A. Edison

"Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have."
~ Edward Everett Hale

"Worry ducks when purpose flies overhead."
~ Terri Guillemets

"I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. 'Never worry about your heart till it stops beating.'"
~ E.B. White

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"I refuse to be burdened by vague worries. If something wants to worry me, it will have to make itself clear."
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

"The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else."
~ Arnold Bennett

"Don't fight with the pillow, but lay down your head
And kick every worriment out of the bed."
~ Edmund Vance Cooke

"This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men."
~ Captain J A Hadfield

"Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence".
~ Hugh Blair

"Early in my business career I learned the folly of worrying about anything. I have always worked as hard as I could, but when a thing went wrong and could not be righted, I dismissed it from my mind."
~ Julius Rosenwald

"Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself."
~ Pythagoras

"Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning."
~ Winston Churchill

"What we women need to do, instead of worrying about what we don't have, is just love what we do have."
~ Cameron Diaz

"You can't do your work worrying about what people will think of it - you kind of just have to do your work."
~ Scott Wolf

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"The antidotes for worry are gratitude, action, and service."
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry... Yesterday and Tomorrow."
~ Robert Jones Burdette

"He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears."
~ Montaigne, Essays, 1588

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"Worry gives a small thing a big shadow."
~ Swedish Proverb

"That the birds of worry and care fly over you head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent."
~ Chinese Proverb

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Worry and Faith

"Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow."
~ Philip Gulley

"There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"To me faith means not worrying."
~ John Dewey

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Worry and Health

"Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed so is the body."
~ Martin Luther

"Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds."
~ Zacharty Bercovitz

"Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system. I have never known a man who died from over work, but many who died from doubt."
~ Charles Horace Mayo

"Men worry over the great number of diseases, while doctors worry over the scarcity of effective remedies."
~ Pien Ch Iao

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