35 Quotes About Fear

We all experience fear at some point in our lives. It can be a powerful force, compelling us to take action or paralyzing us with doubt and insecurity. But fear doesn’t have to control us. These 35 quotes about fear offer insight and wisdom on how to deal with fear, conquer it, and even use it to your advantage.
Fear can be frightening, but it can also be empowering. Which quote speaks to you the most?

Quotes About Fear

1. A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. – John F. Kennedy

2. Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. – Audrey Hepburn

3. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. – Thomas Paine

4. We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict. – Jim Morrison

5. What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

6. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks

7. We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future men of discernment deal only with the present moment. – Chanakya

8. It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. – Marianne Williamson

10. The first duty of man is to conquer fear he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then. – Thomas Carlyle

11. A person’s fears are lighter when the danger is at hand. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

12. Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins. – Charles Stanley

13. I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve. – Charles de Montesquieu

14. True nobility is exempt from fear. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

15. Fear makes us feel our humanity. – Benjamin Disraeli

16. There are many victories worse than a defeat. – George Eliot

17. Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. – Samuel Butler

18. One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one. – Rainer Maria Rilke

19. Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes adversity not without many comforts and hopes. – Francis Bacon

20. There is no passion so contagious as that of fear. – Michel de Montaigne

21. He that hopes no good fears no ill. – Thomas Fuller

22. That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future. – Anatole France

23. To him who is in fear everything rustles. – Sophocles

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

25. We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear. – Charles Caleb Colton

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

27. We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends. – Eric Hoffer

28. I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts. – Virgil

29. The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear. – Josh Billings

30. The fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything. – Eric Hoffer

31. Everyone wishes that the man whom he fears would perish. – Ovid

32. Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear. – Ovid

33. I’d rather give my life than be afraid to give it. – Lyndon B. Johnson

34. As a child, I was more afraid of tetanus shots than, for example, Dracula. – Dave Barry

35. To pity distress is but human to relieve it is Godlike. – Horace Mann

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