Farid's Collection of Quotes

Farid Hajji

Quotes of Fear

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, Dune. Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear.

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
-- Brian Adams.

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.
-- Japanese Proverb.

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
-- Plato.

Tempt him not so too far; I wish, forbear:
In time we hate that which we often fear.
-- William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

Many fears are born of stupidity and ignorance
Which you should be feeding with rumour and generalisation.
-- BOFH 2002, Episode 10.

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

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

Never fear shadows... they simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
-- Unknown.

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

Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.
-- Tobias G. Smollett.

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.

One will never reach distant shores,
if he chooses to remain upon the dock,
In fear his little ship of dreams
may be dashed against the rocks.
-- F. Bolen.

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.
-- Thucydides.

4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
-- John 4:18.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt.

What if what they really want is for us to herd children into stadiums like we're doing? And put soldiers on the street and - and have Americans looking over their shoulders? Bend the law, shred the Constitution just a little bit? Because if we torture him, General, we do that, and everything that we have bled and fought and died for is over, and they've won. They've already won!.
-- Denzel Washington. The Siege (1998).

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

One hates what one fears.
-- Marylin Manson.

Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
-- Shirley MacLaine.

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.

It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
-- Unknown.

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
-- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The fear of being wrong is the prime inhibitor of the creative process.
-- Jean Bryant.

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
-- Katherine Paterson.

Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.
-- Frank Smith.

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

If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.
-- Lloyd Cassel Douglas.

Once men are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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.

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
-- James Stephens.

It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.
-- Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. This is no time... to keep silent.
-- Edward R. Murrow.

The conquest of fear lies in the moment of its acceptance.
-- Unknown.

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.
-- Thomas J. Watson.

Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events?
-- Tyron Edwards.

Great fear is concealed under daring.
-- F. L. Lucan.

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety or by the handle of faith.
-- Unknown.

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

Fear of monsters attracts monsters.
-- Unknown.

There are ghosts in the room.
As I sit here alone, from the dark corners there
They come out of the gloom,
And they stand at my side and they lean on my chair...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Ghosts.

A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us.
-- Pema Chodron.

Fear not, for I have given you authority.
-- Unknown.

I would rather be a coward than brave because people hurt you when you are brave.
-- Edward Morgan Forster.

Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat. (Fortune favors the brave.)
-- Terence.

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.

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

No matter how hard you work for success if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible.
-- Bandjuin.

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.
-- Edward R. Murrow.

Love is always creative, fear always destructive.
-- Emmet Fox.

If I can endure for this minute whatever is happening to me No matter how heavy my heart is or how dark the moment might be... If I can but keep on believing what I know in my heart to be true, That darkness will fade with morning and that this will pass away, too... Then nothing can ever disturb me or fill me with uncertain fear, For as sure as night brings dawning, my morning is bound to appear...
-- Unknown.

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
-- Louis E. Boone.

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
-- Gandhi.

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.

Stress is when you wake up screaming, and then realize that you haven't fallen asleep yet.
-- Unknown.

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

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.
-- Chuck Jones.

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group.
-- Russel H. Ewing.

Fear not death, for the sooner we die the longer we shall be immortal.
-- Benjamin Franklin.

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

The most dangerous person is the fearful; he is the most to be feared.
-- Lidwig Borne.

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.

I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.
-- Yamamoto, after the attack at Pearl Harbor, 1941.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

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

Fear cannot touch me. It can only taunt me, it cannot take me, just tell me where to go. I can either follow, or stay in my bed. I can hold on to the things that I know. The dead stay dead, they cannot walk. The shadows are darkness. And darkness can't talk.
-- Christopher Rice. A Density of Souls.

Fear imprisons; faith liberates; fear paralyzes; faith empowers; fear disheartens; faith encourages; fear sickens; faith heals; fear makes useless; faith makes serviceable.
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick.

First they burn books then they burn people...
-- Unknown.

The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind; not the fiend or the sadist.
-- Erich Fromm.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt.

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
-- Christian Nevell Bovee.

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.

Fear of self is the greatest of all terrors, the deepest of all dread, the commonest of all mistakes. From it grows failure. Because of it, life is a mockery. Out of it comes despair.
-- David Seabury.

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