Quotes About Fear

We all have fears. Everyone I know has a fear of something. What is fear? Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things. The stimulus could be a spider, a knife at your throat, an auditorium full of people waiting for you to speak or the sudden thud of your front door against the door frame. (HowStuffWorks.com)

Much has been said about fear and how to overcome it. You will find some of the best quotes and sayings about fear on this page.

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"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." Marie Curie

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." Eleanor Roosevelt

"Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most." Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Named must your fear be before banish it you can." Master Yoda

"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is." German proverb

"Fear may be the worst enemy of the human species. And it's been with us since the beginning." Vic and Lisa Johnson

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live." Dorothy Thompson

"A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies. William Wrigley Jr.

"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it." Joseph Conrad

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

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed." Michael Pritchard

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

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott

"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." Gautama Buddha

"Those who fear life are already three parts dead." Bertrand Russell

"Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake." Edgar Wallace

"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice." Edgar Watson Howe

"Fear is a contagious disease, spreading from its first victim to others in the vicinity until it is powerful enough to take charge of a group, in which event it becomes panic." Ernest Kellogg Gann

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

"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice." Edgar Watson Howe

"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." Nelson Mandela

"Fear is only as deep as the mind allows." Japanese proverb

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

"The fear is worse than the pain." Shannon Bahr

"Fear sells. Fear makes money. The countless companies and consultants in the business of protecting the fearful from whatever they may fear know it only too well. The more fear, the better the sales." Daniel Gardner

"He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat." Napoleon Bonaparte

"There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear." George S. Patton

"The understanding of fear cures fear." Robert Anthony

"When we notice a connection between our present fears and their origins in early life, we are finding out how much of our identity is designed by fear. Is fear the architect of me?" David Richo

"Conquering fear equals defining fear." Tim Ferriss

"I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me." Erica Jong

"If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living." Seneca

"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

"Real fear is like intense pain. It's there to warn you something's truly wrong." Tim Lebbon

"The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out... and do it." Susan J. Jeffers

"He who fears dangers will not perish by them." Leonardo Da Vinci

"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

"If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living." Seneca

"Fears themselves don't have to change at all. Fear is not the problem. It is our relationship to the fear that determines the choices we make. By changing our relationship to fear, we reduce its credibility, robbing it of its power to stop us." Thom Rutledge

"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." Les Brown


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