24 quotes about fear and freedom

24 quotes about fear

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent. — Chinese proverb

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

The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fears subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. — Joanna Baillie

’Tis surprising to see how rapidly a panic will sometimes run through a country. — Thomas Paine

We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. — Muriel Chen

Most things I worry about never happen anyway. — Tom Petty

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

The deadlines are there no matter what and you can’t fudge your way though it. I hated those deadlines but I now realize I would never had done what I did without the pressure. Being self-disciplined is not good enough. You just do not produce as much when you don’t have to. — Lynn Johnston

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. — Benjamin Franklin

The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better. — Stephen King

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. — H.L. Mencken

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. — Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1513

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. — Eric Hoffer

Living in fear is an oxymoron. — Leonard Pitts Jr.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. — 2 Timothy 1:7, New King James Version

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

You’ll break the worry habit the day you decide you can meet and master the worst that can happen to you. — Arnold Glasgow

Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without power to alter our destiny. — Steven Pressfield

Faith comes naturally to people; that’s why we dream. — Mark Gungor

Inaction 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

He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s the failures of this world that you turn around and build to make success. It’s the broken dreams that force you to be more when you can settle for less. It’s the wanting to live forever that leads you to a goal that will not die. It’s the wanting to see the stars that gives a simple soul the will to fly. — Warren Bluhm

When people take the courage to journey into the center of their fear, they find – nothing. it was only many layers of fear, being afraid of itself. — Peter McWilliams

(These are the quotes that lead the chapters of my book Refuse to be Afraid. To read the rest of the book, visit here.)


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