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quotations about fear



But Fear and the Muse in turn guard the place
Where the banished poet has gone
And the night that comes with quickened pace
Is ignorant of dawn.
- - - - Anna Akhmatova

Why do the wicked always form groups, whereas the righteous do not? Because the wicked, walking in darkness, need company, but the righteous, who live in light, do not fear being alone.
- - - - Anonymous

A fool without fear is sometimes wiser than an angel with fear.
- - - - Lady Nancy Astor “My Two Countries”

Cruelty and fear shake hands together. An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
- - - - Honoré de Balzac

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
- - - - Dorothy Bernard

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- - - - Bible - Psalms 23:4

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the Lord is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
- - - - Bible - Psalm 27:1

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
- - - - Napoleon Bonaparte

Who is all-powerful should fear everything.
- - - - Pierre Corneille

Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; Conservatism, distrust of the people, tempered by fear.
- - - - William Ewart Gladstone

I feel my immortality oversweep all pains, all tears, all time, all fears, - and peal, like the eternal thunders of the deep, into my ears, this truth, - thou livest forever!
- - - - George Gordon, Lord Byron

Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
- - - - Zora Neale Hurston

We invent what we love, and what we fear.
- - - - John Irving

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.
- - - - Erica Jong

The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.
- - - - Krishnamurti

Fear is nature's warning signal to get busy.
- - - - Henry C. Link

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
- - - - H. P. Lovecraft

It's the heart afraid of dying, that never learns to dance;
It's the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance;
It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give;
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.
- - - - Bette Midler “The Rose"

Fear is the mother of morality.
- - - - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- - - - Alexander Pope “An Essay on Criticism”

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
- - - - Michael Pritchard

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

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
- - - - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
- - - - Eleanor Roosevelt

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life.
- - - - Bertrand Russell “An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”

Be wary then; best safety lies in fear.
- - - - Shakespeare, “Hamlet”

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.
- - - - Publilius Syrus

Fear is a slinking cat I find
Beneath the lilacs of my mind.
- - - - Sophie Tunnel

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- - - - Mark Twain

The hopes and fears of all our years are here with us tonight.
- - - - Kurt Vonnegut

Tomorrow holds no fears for me,
Since I have found today.
- - - - Vivian Yeiser Laramor

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