Fear quotes and sayings

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Bible: I John

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
Bertrand Russell

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Bible: II Timothy

Fortune favors the brave.
Terence

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
Leonardo da Vinci

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.
Marilyn Ferguson

Only your mind can produce fear.
Anonymous

Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.
Aung San Suu Kyi

Fear is the proof of a degenerate mind.
Virgil

Nothing is terrible except fear itself.
Francis Bacon

Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death
James F. Bymes

He who fears something gives it power over him.
Moorish Proverb

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Dorothy Bernard

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
Wendell Phillips

Fear is created not by the world around us, but in the mind, by what we think is going to happen.
Elizabeth Gawain

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

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
William Allen White

Fear is not an unknown emotion to us.
Neil Armstrong

No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear.
Cicero

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.
Anonymous

A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation… is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.
George Matthew Adams

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
Nancy Astor

Every day I wake up a little afraid. Only a fool is never afraid.
Ron Meyer

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

Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I’ll show you a perennial loser.
O. J. Simpson

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

There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.
Thomas Jefferson

Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully.
Frances Moore Lappe

Fear is faith that it won’t work out.
Anonymous

We are always afraid to start something that we want to make very good, true, and serious.
Brenda Ueland

Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
Francis Quarles

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.
Corra Harris

Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.
William Shakespeare

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

Fear melts when you take action towards a goal you really want.
Robert G Allen

Fear is like fire. If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled, it will rise up and destroy you. Men’s actions depend to a great extent upon fear. We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them.
John F. Milburn

You don’t face your fears, you stand up to them.
Anonymous

The thing I fear most is fear.
Michel de Montaigne

What begins in fear usually ends in folly.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you, leave it there.
Donna A. Favors

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
John F. Kennedy

We must travel in the direction of our fear.
John Berryman

Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.
Arnold Glasow

Fear is the highest fence.
Dudley Nichols

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
Arthur Christopher Benson

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.
Fulton Oursler

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

Horror is a feeling that cannot last long; human nature is incapable of supporting it.
James de Mille

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.
Anonymous

Excessive fear is always powerless.
Aeschylus

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell

There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.
Dorothy Thompson

Fear breeds fear.
Byron Janis

We fear the thing we want the most.
Dr. Robert Anthony

Fear lent wings to his feet.
Virgil

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

When one can hear people moving, one does not so much mind, about one’s fears.
Ann Radcliffe

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Bible

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Albert Camus

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

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
Brendan Francis

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

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Edmund Burke

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
Henry David Thoreau

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
C.S. Lewis

The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington)