Fear Quotes

The most drastic, and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
– William Burnham

Fear is the foundation of most governments.
– John Adams

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
– Marian Anderson

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
– Dale Carnegie

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.
– James Lane Allen

Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.
– Richard Bach

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
– Bertrand Russell

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
– Marie Curie

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
– James Thurber

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

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
– Tim Ferriss

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

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.
– Babe Ruth

The key to change... is to let go of fear.
– Rosanne Cash

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
– Nelson Mandela
The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
– Joseph Addison
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.
– Aeschylus
When a match has equal partners then I fear not.
– Aeschylus
Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs.
– Fred Allen
If people would know how little brain is ruling the world, they would die of fear.
– Ivo Andric
An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.
– Jean Anouilh
We fear the thing we want the most.
– Robert Anthony
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
– Aristotle
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
– Isaac Asimov
Fools rush in where incumbents fear to tread.
– Norman R. Augustine
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
– Saint Teresa of Avila
Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue.
– Diane Abbott
A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.
– George Matthew Adams
Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by tales, so is the other.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
– Sir Francis Bacon
What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths.
– J. G. Ballard
As a child, I was more afraid of tetanus shots than, for example, Dracula.
– Dave Barry
Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
– Jean Baudrillard
Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all, and death is but the sounder sleep.
– Francis Beaumont
In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.
– Simone de Beauvoir
It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.
– Georges Bernanos
The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.
– Josh Billings
An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.
– Otto von Bismarck
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.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
You must not fear death, my lads; defy him, and you drive him into the enemy's ranks.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
– Jean de la Bruyere
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
– Edmund Burke
Dare to be honest and fear no labor.
– Robert Burns
Fear is the dark room where the Devil develops his negatives.
– Gary Busey
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
– Samuel Butler
I have a fear of being boring.
– Christian Bale
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
– Clara Barton
Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.
– Gregory Bateson
Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means... airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.
– Cecil Beaton
I hasten to laugh at everything, for fear of being obliged to weep.
– Pierre de Beaumarchais
Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
– Lou Brock
It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.
– Giordano Bruno
I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement.
– Ken Burns
Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.
– Vannevar Bush
Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.
– John Calvin
The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
– Elias Canetti
The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
– Thomas Carlyle
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
You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
– Dale Carnegie
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
– Jimmy Carter
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
– George Washington Carver
Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
– Miguel de Cervantes
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.
– John Cheever
If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
– Lord Chesterfield
The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
– Lord Chesterfield
Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.
– Lord Chesterfield
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.
– Noam Chomsky
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
– Sir Winston Churchill
True nobility is exempt from fear.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
– Emile M. Cioran
We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.
– Charles Caleb Colton
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
– Confucius
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.
– Cyril Connolly
The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
– Cyril Connolly
Slowness to change usually means fear of the new.
– Philip Crosby
There are only three sins - causing pain, causing fear, and causing anguish. The rest is window dressing.
– Roger Caras
Don't fear change - embrace it.
– Anthony J. D'Angelo
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
– Salvador Dali
By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.
– Samuel Daniel
Do not fear mistakes. There are none.
– Miles Davis
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
– Joan Didion
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Realists do not fear the results of their study.
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
– John Dryden
One of the scary things is that, when you're a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you're an adult, you realize your father had fear, and that you have it, too.
– David Duchovny
The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
– Wayne Dyer
It's better to get mugged than to live a life of fear.
– Freeman Dyson
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.
– Chauncey Depew
Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
– Umberto Eco
Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.
– Mary Baker Eddy
There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers, that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us. Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?
– Barbara Ehrenreich
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
– Albert Einstein
When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.
– Alfred Eisenstaedt