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Quotations about fear

Thomas JeffersonQuestion with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.

 - Thomas Jefferson

Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

 - George Addair

Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way.

 - Ronald Reagan

Bertrand RussellMen fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

 - Bertrand Russell

John WayneCourage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway.

 - John Wayne

Douglas MacArthurIt is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. While such an economy may produce a sense of seeming prosperity for the moment, it rests on an illusionary foundation of complete unreliability and renders among our political leaders almost a greater fear of peace than is their fear of war.

 - Douglas MacArthur

Stephen KingHarry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.

 - Stephen King

Zig ZiglarF-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours.

 - Zig Ziglar

Alfred HitchcockGive them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.  

 - Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred HitchcockFear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.

 - Alfred Hitchcock

Stephen HawkingI have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first... I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

 - Stephen Hawking

EpicurusAccustom yourself to the belief that death is of no concern to us, since all good and evil lie in sensation and sensation ends with death. Therefore the true belief that death is nothing to us makes a mortal life happy, not by adding to it an infinite time, but by taking away the desire for immortality. For there is no reason why the man who is thoroughly assured that there is nothing to fear in death should find anything to fear in life.

So, too, he is foolish who says that he fears death, not because it will be painful when it comes, but because the anticipation of it is painful; for that which is no burden when it is present gives pain to no purpose when it is anticipated. Death, the most dreaded of evils, is therefore of no concern to us; for while we exist death is not present, and when death is present we no longer exist.

 - Epicurus

Elbert HubbardThe greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

 - Elbert Hubbard

Lao TzuBe careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

 - Laozi / Lao-Tzu

Joss WhedonI think there's a lot of people out there who say we must not have horror in any form, we must not say scary things to children because it will make them evil and disturbed... That offends me deeply, because the world is a scary and horrifying place, and everyone's going to get old and die, if they're that lucky. To set children up to think that everything is sunshine and roses is doing them a great disservice.

 - Joss Whedon

Bertrand RussellTo fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already 3-parts dead.

 - Bertrand Russell

Dean KoontzPain is a gift. Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity. Without fear, there could be no humility, and every man would be a monster. The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption.

 - Dean Koontz

David HumeA propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.

 - David Hume

Michel de MontaigneFear sometimes adds wings to the heels, and sometimes nails them to the ground, and fetters them from moving.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneSuch as are in immediate fear of losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose; such as are actually poor slaves and exiles oftentimes live as merrily as men in a better condition; and so many people who, impatient of the perpetual alarms of fear, have hanged and drowned themselves give us sufficiently to understand that it is more importunate and insupportable than death itself.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Marie CurieNothing 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

Eleanor RooseveltYou 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

Carrie FisherStay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.

 - Carrie Fisher

Spencer JohnsonWhat you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.

 - Spencer Johnson

Louis BrandeisFear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies; and that the fitting remedy for evil counsels is good ones.

 - Louis Brandeis

Dale CarnegieInaction 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

David CronenbergI think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you are making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film.

 - David Cronenberg

Helen KellerSecurity is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoidance of danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

 - Helen Keller