Quotes with fear
Darkness held a vague terror for these people, even the bravest among them. Children were warned not to whistle at night for fear of evil spirits.
Things Fall Apart
This is unquestionably a contrast between an enforced and a free religious condition. It is a transfer from a life compelled by fear, through conscience, to a life that is inspired and made spontaneous by love.
The Nature Of Liberty (1873)
I have never understood the fear of some parents about babies getting mixed up in the hospital. What difference does it make as long as you get a good one?
I use cracks on the sidewalk to walk down the street. I'd always walk on the lines. I never take anything but a calculated risk, and do it because it gives me a sense of identity. Fear is a man's best friend.
When you interpret a role, you have to have a thousand colors to portray happiness, joy, sorrow, fear. How can you do this with only a beautiful voice? Even if you sing harshly sometimes, as I have frequently done, it is a necessity of expression. You have to do it, even if people will not understand.
He realized now that to be afraid of this death he was staring at with animal terror meant to be afraid of life. Fear of dying justified a limitless attachment to what is alive in man. And all those who had not made the gestures necessary to live their lives, all those who feared and exalted impotence—they were afraid of death because of the sanction it gave to a life in which they had not been involved. They had not lived enough, never having lived at all.
A Happy Death (1971)
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.
...historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from a path of truth, whose mother is history.
The world's oldest wisdom: each evil thought infuses the mind, sooner or later, with an unholy fear.
Twenty Seven Thousand Aspiration Plants (1983)
It is a complicated business, and we are very insecure, we actors. We all feel - and fear - we are going to be found out at any moment. Someone is going to point and say, "You are really not very good, are you?"
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms-this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
The Mill on the Floss (1860)
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
Felix Holt, the Radical (1866)
Men are so thoughtless, nay, so mad, that some, through fear of death, force themselves to die.
As quoted by Seneca the Younger in Epistulae morales ad Lucilium.
What is so absurd as to seek death, when it is through fear of death that you have robbed your life of peace?
As quoted by Seneca the Younger in Epistulae morales ad Lucilium.
In this regard, ‘getting small’ is, rather than an intentional act, a reaction to the pain and fear induced by uncontrolled and uncontrollable growth, both of which could have been anticipated provided the owner had been prepared to facilitate the growth.
The E-Myth Revisited
Perhaps the best cure for the fear of death is to reflect that life has a beginning as well as an end. There was a time when we were not: this gives us no concern - why then should it trouble us that a time will come when we shall cease to be?
Table-Talk: Essays On Men And Manners
Fear of things invisible in the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. How terrible is the one fact of beauty!
A Mortal Antipathy (1885)
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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005
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.
It's the opinion of some that crops could be grown on the moon; which raises the fear that it may not be long before we're paying somebody not to.
Tim was looking for the truth of combat as a form of bonding, and what he saw with his camera in this environment of killing, fear and hardness was connection.
Which Way Is The Frontline From Here? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington
If the bee had not such a formidable weapon both of offence and defence, multitudes who now fear it might easily be induced to enter upon its cultivation.
A Practical Treatise on the Hive and Honey-bee (1857)
Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.
The Little Red Book (1964)
Public opinion, in its raw state, gushes out in the immemorial form of the mob's fear. It is piped into central factories, and there it is flavoured and coloured and put into cans.
Notes on Democracy (1926)
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. You are like a pebble thrown into water; you become wet on the surface, but are never part of the water.
In "Good Advice," ed. Wm. Safire & Leonard Safire, 1982.
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.
Our Unconscious Mind and how to Use it (1922)
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
I wake up every morning feeling lucky - which is driven by fear, no doubt, since I know it could all go away.
Clemency, which we make a virtue of, proceeds sometimes from vanity, sometimes from indolence, often from fear, and almost always from a mixture of all three.
Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some is restrained by fear or by reason.
Satire is at once the most agreeable and most dangerous of mental qualities. It always pleases when it is refined, but we always fear those who use it too much; yet satire should be allowed when unmixed with spite, and when the person satirized can join in the satire.
The extreme pleasure we take in talking of ourselves should make us fear that we give very little to those who listen to us.
The love of glory, the fear of shame, the design of making a fortune, the desire of rendering life easy and agreeable, and the humor of pulling down other people, are often the causes of that valor so celebrated among men.
This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country.
Memphis, TN, October 25, 1905
To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
Marriage and Morals (1929)
I regard [religion] as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.
Has Religion Made Useful Contributions to Civilization? (1930)
No man is liberated from fear who dare not see his place in the world as it is; no man can achieve the greatness of which he is capable until he has allowed himself to see his own littleness.
Dreams and Facts (1919).
Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
If you would put off all worry, assume that what you fear may happen will certainly happen in any event; whatever the trouble may be, measure it in your own mind, and estimate the amount of your fear.
Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, On Despising Death
Why, indeed, is it necessary to summon trouble, – which must be endured soon enough when it has once arrived, or to anticipate trouble and ruin the present through fear of the future? It is indeed foolish to be unhappy now because you may be unhappy at some future time.
Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, On Despising Death
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
Some Men are More Perfect Than Others (1973)
Fear is stronger than love, remember that. Fear is stronger than love, all that love I gave didn't mean nothing when it came to fear.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
The Short Reign of Pippin IV (1957)
We do not go to cowards for tender dealing; there is nothing so cruel as panic; the man who has least fear for his own carcase, has most time to consider others.
Aes Triplex (1878)
After 9/11, I was clearly blinded by fear of al Qaeda and deluded by the overwhelming military superiority of the US and the ease of democratic transitions in Eastern Europe into thinking we could simply fight our way to victory against Islamist terror. I wasn't alone. But I was surely wrong.
On his blog, February 26, 2008
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
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. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" (1992). This quote is often erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandella.
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.