Fear quotes

  • The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
    -- A. C. Benson

    #Fear #Loss #Reality

  • Shun fear, it is the ague of the soul! a passion man created for himself--for sure that cramp of nature could not dwell in the warm realms of glory.
    -- Aaron Hill

    #Fear #Passion #Men

  • Fear that man who fears not God.
    -- Abdelkader El Djezairi

    #Fear #Men #Glory

  • In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Fear #World #This World

  • The same hot lightning that burns your blood with passion–– cools your fears with peace.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Peace #Fear #Passion

  • And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #God #Religious #Fear

  • I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Fear #Explanation

  • One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Life #Motivational #Fear

  • 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 #Aspect #Godlike

  • There is not a single Muslim leader today who has the courage and commitment to defend Islam and Muslims, they are all in awe of the United States and other Western powers, and are indebted to them.
    -- Abu Bakar Bashir

    #Fear #Commitment #Leader

  • The relentless note of incipient hysteria, the invitation to panic, the ungrounded scenarios - the overwhelming and underlying desire for something truly terrible to happen so that you could have something really hot to talk about - was still startling. We call disasters unimaginable, but all we do is imagine such things. That, you could conclude mordantly, is the real soundtrack of our time: the amplification of the self-evident toward the creation of paralyzing, preëmptive paranoia.
    -- Adam Gopnik

    #Fear #Real #Self

  • Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Fear #Regulation #Vices

  • The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Truth #Fear #Tyrants

  • The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Fear #Political #States

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

    #Inspirational #Fear #Heart

  • Fear is stronger than arms.
    -- Aeschylus

    #Fear #Stronger #Arms

  • Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
    -- Aesop

    #Peace #Fear #Healing

  • Self-conceit may lead to self destruction.
    -- Aesop

    #Fear #Conceited #Self

  • I had had to learn the difference between the bearable fatigue and the unbearable, the fatigue of fear. The first can be cured by a night's sleep; the second kills.
    -- Agnes de Mille

    #Fear #Sleep #Night

  • It is my belief that the only power which can resist the power of fear is the power of love.
    -- Alan Paton

    #Fear #Belief #Power Of Love

  • No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Inspirational #Fear #Heart

  • Why are you so petrified of silence, here can you handle this? Did you think about your bills, your ex, your deadlines or when you think you're gonna die? Or did you long for the next distraction...
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Fear #Thinking #Long

  • In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.
    -- Albert Bandura

    #Fear #Struggle #Self

  • This is the century of fear.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Fear #Century

  • I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Fear #Believe #Thinking

  • The artist should fear to become the slave of detail.
    -- Albert Pinkham Ryder

    #Fear #Artist #Details

  • When I received the Nobel Prize, the only big lump sum of money I have ever seen, I had to do something with it. The easiest way to drop this hot potato was to invest it, to buy shares. I knew that World War II was coming and I was afraid that if I had shares which rise in case of war, I would wish for war. So I asked my agent to buy shares which go down in the event of war. This he did. I lost my money and saved my soul.
    -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

    #Money #Fear #War

  • All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Fear #Giving #Religion

  • You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. . . . Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Dog #Atheist #Fear

  • The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Fear #Innovation #Atheism

  • Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.
    -- Aleister Crowley

    #Fake People #Children #Fear

  • I love you, I thought. But I didn't say it. It was not that I feared she would laugh in my face. She was far too kind for that. My fear was a greater one - that she won't say it back.
    -- Alex Flinn

    #Inspirational #Fear #Love You

  • If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong with you.
    -- Alex Trebek

    #Mother #Nature #Fear

  • When you're scared - and I mean really scared, not just hearing a noise in the night, or standing toe to toe with someone twice your size who wants to pound you into the earth - it feels as if you're being injected with darkness. It's like black water as cold as ice settling in your body where your blood and marrow used to be, pushing every other feeling out as it fills you from your feet to your scalp. It leaves you with nothing.
    -- Alexander Gordon Smith

    #Fear #Mean #Night

  • Fear is another emotion that is strongly suppressed. We cannot afford to be afraid, and so we don't allow ourselves to sense and feel the fear within us. We lower our brows to deny it, set our jaws to defy it, and smile to deceive ourselves. But inwardly we remain scared to death.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Fear #Emotion #Scared

  • In my opinion the hectic and almost frantic pace of modern living is a clear sign of the fear we have of being and of life. And as long as this fear exists in a person's unconscious, he will run faster and do more so as not to feel his fear.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Running #Fear #Long

  • I would describe a hero as a person who has no fear of life, who can face life squarely.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Fear #Hero #Faces

  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Wisdom #Fear #Angel

  • On close inspection, we shall find that religion, and not fear, has ever been the cause of the long-lived prosperity of an absolute government.
    -- Alexis de Tocqueville

    #Fear #Government #Long

  • Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.
    -- Alfred Hitchcock

    #Fear #Children #Yesterday

  • Fear that makes faith may break faith.
    -- Algernon Charles Swinburne

    #Fear #May #Break

  • For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Lonely #Freedom #Fear

  • Fear was there, too, cold and hot at the same time, making everything in the plain room sharper, with fewer shadows.
    -- Allison Brennan

    #Fear #Shadow #Hot

  • He can't even be at a casual read and not be creating the whole thing in his mind. I remember feeling very awed about how much he still seems to be so in love with it, and so dedicated to making everything really real and really spontaneous.
    -- Amanda Peet

    #Fear #Real #Creating

  • Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Inspirational #Faith #Fear

  • Fear has no brains; it is an idiot.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Fear #Brain #Idiot

  • Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Fear #Dwelling #Savages

  • Heathen, n. A benighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Fear #Worship #Folly

  • The ghost is the outward and visible signs of an inward fear.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Fear #Inward #Spirituality

  • Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace, The soul that knows it not, knows no release, From little things; Knows not the livid loneliness of fear Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear The sound of wings.
    -- Amelia Earhart

    #Inspirational #Courage #Fear

  • We stand, when we are young, on the sunny slope among the pines, and look across an unknown country to the mountains. There are clouds, but they are edged with light. We do not fear as we dip into the valley; we do not fear the clouds. Thank God for the splendid fearlessness of youth. And as for older travelers whom the Lord has led over the hill and the dale, they have not been given the spirit of fear. They think of the way they have come since they stood on that bright hillside, and their word is always this: There are reasons and reasons for hope and for happiness, and never one for fear.
    -- Amy Carmichael

    #Country #Fear #Thinking

  • If my attitude be on of fear, not faith, about the one who has disappointed me; if I say “Just what I expected,” if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary Love.
    -- Amy Carmichael

    #Disappointment #Attitude #Fear

  • And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds "joy luck" is not a word, it does not exist. They see daughters who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation.
    -- Amy Tan

    #Daughter #Mother #Fear

  • I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Inspirational #Fear #Mermaid

  • The important task of literature is to free man, not to censor him, and that is why Puritanism was the most destructive and evil force which ever oppressed people and their literature: it created hypocrisy, perversion, fears, sterility.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Fear #Men #Hypocrisy

  • Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
    -- Anatole France

    #Love #Fear #Religion

  • Fear of ridicule begets the worst cowardice.
    -- Andre Gide

    #Fear #Cowardice #Worst

  • There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
    -- Andre Gide

    #Inspirational #Fear #Halloween

  • But fear doesn't need doors and windows. It works from the inside.
    -- Andrew Clements

    #Inspirational #Fear #Doors

  • Don't turn your back upon your doctrinal doubts and difficulties. Go up to them and examine them. Perhaps the ghastly object which looks to you in the twilight like a sheeted ghost may prove to be no more than a table-cloth hanging upon a hedge.
    -- Andrew Kennedy Hutchison Boyd

    #Fear #Twilight #Doubt

  • ...remember that the danger that is most to be feared is never the danger we are most afraid of.
    -- Andrew Lang

    #Fear #Remember #Danger

  • If a train is coming at you, closing your eyes won't save you ... but if you look right at it, you at least have a chance to jump.
    -- Andrew Vachss

    #Fear #Eye #Looks

  • I don't think that there is anything that is really magical unless it has a terrifying quality.
    -- Andrew Wyeth

    #Fear #Thinking #Quality

  • Here's a scary thought: What if God called you to give beyond your comfort level? Would you be afraid? Would you try to explain it away or dismiss it as impractical? And in the process, would you miss out on a harvest opportunity for which God had explicitly prospered you in the first place?
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Fear #Opportunity #Giving

  • Trade unions are islands of anarchy in a sea of chaos.
    -- Aneurin Bevan

    #Fear #Islands #Sea

  • When the mind has once begun to yield to the weakness of superstition, trifles impress it with the force of conviction.
    -- Ann Radcliffe

    #Fear #Yield #Mind

  • To regret the exchange of earthly pleasures for the joys of Heaven, is as if the grovelling caterpillar should lament that it must one day quit the nibbled leaf to soar aloft and flutter through the air, roving at will from flower to flower, sipping sweet honey from their cups, or basking in their sunny petals. If these little creatures knew how great a change awaited them, no doubt they would regret it; but would not all such sorrow be misplaced?
    -- Anne Bronte

    #Sweet #Regret #Fear

  • I think self-exploration is one of the journeys in life that we are blessed to be able to have.
    -- Anne Heche

    #Fear #Blessed #Journey

  • Lies cannot nourish or protect you. Only freedom from fear, freedom from lies, can make us beautiful, and keep us safe.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Beautiful #Fear #Lying

  • What an incredible drug fear is.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Fear #Drug #Incredibles

  • She lived in fear of ifonic endings.
    -- Anne Lamott


  • What is fear after all? It is indecision. You seek some way to resist, escape. There is none.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Fear #Way #Indecision

  • Fear is only good when you have a choice in things.
    -- Anne Rice

    #Fear #Choices

  • Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones - maybe only the stones - understood.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Fear #Flower #Rocks

  • Perfect love casts out fear. Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, but I do not cling.
    -- Anthony de Mello

    #Happiness #Sorry #Fear

  • When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding... you can be yourself. Relaxed. You'll no longer be driving with your brakes on.
    -- Anthony de Mello

    #Being Yourself #Fear #Failure

  • After money in the bank, a grudge is the next best thing.
    -- Anthony Trollope

    #Fear #Next #Grudge

  • A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says 'I was beaten,' he does not say 'My men were beaten.'
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Fear #Business #Responsibility

  • Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Fear #Men #Terrorism

  • Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
    -- Antoine Rivarol

    #Life #Fear #Past

  • Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
    -- Antonio Gaudi

    #Fear #Law #Support

  • Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people.
    -- Anwar Sadat

    #Fear #Believe #People

  • Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
    -- Aristotle

    #Pain #Fear #Philosophical

  • He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
    -- Aristotle

    #Freedom #Fear #Athlete

  • A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself . . . with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.
    -- Aristotle

    #Fear #Tragedy #Catharsis

  • Wicked men obey for fear, but the good for love.
    -- Aristotle

    #Fear #Men #Wicked

  • I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
    -- Aristotle

    #Fear #Philosophy #Philosophical

  • Fear isn't an excuse to come to a standstill. It's the impetus to step up and strike.
    -- Arthur Ashe

    #Fear #Steps #Excuse

  • It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    #God #Atheist #Fear

  • 'The Devil in the Dark' impressed me because it presented the idea, unusual in science fiction then and now, that something weird, and even dangerous, need not be malevolent. That is a lesson that many of today's politicians have yet to learn.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    #Fear #Dark #Ideas

  • Some dangers are so spectacular and so much beyond normal experience that the mind refuses to accept them as real, and watches the approach of doom without any sense of apprehension. The man who looks at the onrushing tidal wave, the descending avalanche, or the spinning funnel of the tornado, yet makes no attempt to flee, is not necessarily paralyzed with fright or resigned to an unavoidable fate. He may simply be unable to believe that the message of his eyes concerns him personally. It is all happening to somebody else.
    -- Arthur C. Clarke

    #Fear #Real #Believe

  • After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.
    -- Arthur Golden

    #Fear #Water #Ponds

  • A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course of victory.
    -- Arthur Golden

    #Inspirational #Success #Fear

  • Creative action plays with the unknown. But as the child fears the dark... the adult child will be fearful too, faced with the dark world of the unknown mind, with vast concepts looking enormous just beyond the front yard.
    -- Arthur J. Deikman

    #Fear #Children #Dark

  • Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Art #Fear #Philosophical

  • There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Fear #Educational #Air

  • But can we, should we, let apprehensions about the future immobilize us in the present?
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #Fear #Should #Apprehension

  • I think there were times when I was so afraid of losing you that I forgot I even had you at all.
    -- Ashly Lorenzana

    #Fear #Thinking #Losing

  • I write for those women who do not 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 won't.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Fear #Women #Writing

  • What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Fear #Silence #Needs