Steve Maraboli

Quotes About Fear

Awesome Quotes and Sayings About Fear

Quotations & Citations:

I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
~ Woody Allen



You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.


~ Mary Manin Morrissey



Do one thing every day that scares you.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.


Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.


~ Marie Curie



There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist



Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.


~ Bill Cosby



There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
~ John Lennon



Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.


~ Usman B. Asif



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


The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.


Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.


~ Robert Louis Stevenson



Bran thought about it. Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.
~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones



The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear — fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable.  What he wants above everything else is safety.


~ Henry Louis Mencken



Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up
~ Veronica Roth, Divergent



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


~ George S. Patton


Fear is the foundation of most governments.


Fear cuts deeper than swords,
~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones



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


~ Andre Gide



Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone



Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.


~ Arnold Glasow



Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.
~ C. JoyBell C.


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God


Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety.


~ Henry H. Tweedy



There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear



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



It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.”


~ Tim Fargo


Do one thing every day that scares you, Eleanor Roosevelt


Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist



Fear is the highest fence.


~ Dudley Nichols



There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.
~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice



Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven.


~ James Hastings



Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
~ Jim Morrison


If you want to conquer fear don't sit home and think about it go out and get busy


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


~ Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved



Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
~ Salvador Dalí



Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.


~ Ruth Gendler



We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
~ Plato



Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.


~ Shirley Maclaine



Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.
~ Emma Donoghue, Room



To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.


~ Bertrand Russell



Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist



Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.


~ Brendan Francis



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 cannot take what you do not give it.


~ Christopher Coan



Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.
~ Jarod Kintz



He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.
~ Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code



Fear makes us feel our humanity.


~ Benjamin Disraeli



No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
~ C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed



The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.


~ Joseph Campbell



Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.
~ Dante Alighieri, Inferno



There are times when fear is good.  It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.


~ Aeschylus



I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.
~ Taylor Swift



Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.


~ Samuel Butler



I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.
~ Veronica Roth, Allegiant



Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you living in better conditions.


~ Hāfez



I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.
~ Andrew Solomon



Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.


~ German Proverb



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



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


~ Lloyd Douglas



A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin



A man afraid of death will never play the part of a live man.


~ Seneca



I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
~ James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time



I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.


~ Rosa Parks



The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address



A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.


~ Arab Proverb



How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.
~ Paulo Coelho, Brida



Don’t fear, just live right.


~ Neal A. Maxwell



Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?


~ Maurice Freehill



Without fear there cannot be courage.
~ Christopher Paolini



Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind.


~ Sophie Tunnell



When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.
~ Stephen Richards



He who fears something gives it power over him.


~ Moorish Proverb



That is the fear: I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it. It is fear like if someone lost his glasses and went to the glasses store and they told him that the world had run out of glasses and he would just have to do without.
~ John Green, Looking for Alaska



He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.


~ French Proverb



Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.
~ Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents



There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.


~ Mark Twain



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



Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it.


~ Donald Dowes



There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational- or in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don’t.
~ Lemony Snicket




The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.


~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



Laughter is poison to fear.
~ George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones



To lead is difficult when you’re a follower of fear.


~ T.A. Sachs



Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
~ Francis Chan