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Quotes About Fear and Being Afraid

Updated on October 31, 2014


"I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we're all teachers - if we're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door." ~Marla Gibbs

"In true friendship, one can express
anything and everything without feeling ashamed
or afraid of being rejected." ~Aparna Chatterjee

“Sometimes I ask myself, "Do I have the courage to do the right thing when it matters most?" And that answer, I'm afraid, is silence.” ~Jarod Kintz

"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith." ~Mary Manin Morrissey

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." ~Nelson Mandela

"We take refuge in pride,
because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves." ~ Kakuzo Okakura

“Always do what you're afraid to do.” ~E. Lockhart

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." ~Marie Curie

"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion" ~ Alexander the Great

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." ~Bill Cosby

"Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory." ~Douglas MacArthur

"We are afraid to care too much, for fear
that the other person does not care at all." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“I was afraid of being rejected, yes. I was also afraid of being accepted for the wrong reasons.” ~Erich Segal

"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop." ~Usman B. Asif

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." ~Plato

"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness." ~Oprah Winfrey

"I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship." ~ Louisa May Alcott

“All that is left to bring you pain, are the memories. If you face those, you’ll be free. You can’t spend the rest of your life hiding from yourself; always afraid that your memories will incapacitate you, and they will if you continue to bury them.” ~J.D. Stroube

"Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be" ~Anne Frank

"Children, cartoon animals, comedians,
and space aliens can get away with saying
what the rest of us are afraid is true,
but are embarrassed to talk about." ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.” ~Criss Jami

"Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it." ~Henry S. Haskins

"Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with." ~Paula Abdul

"It is much more painful to have lost
something you thought you had,
than never to have had it at all.
If feels as if our trust was dashed.
We are disappointed and we are angry;
but not quite sure at who to direct our anger.
Someone, perhaps "the system," perhaps God,
should have done better.
Most of all we are angry at ourselves -
even though we did our best -
and we are afraid." ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood." ~George S. Patton

"Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity." ~A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

"If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cannot achieve." ~ Lao Tzu

“Always do what you're afraid to do.
I will prove myself strong when they think I am sick.
I will prove myself brave when they think I am weak.” ~ E. Lockhart

"The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear — fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety." ~Henry Louis Mencken

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live." ~Dorothy Thompson

"Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still." ~ Chinese Proverb

“He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.” ~William Hazlitt

"There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear." ~George S. Patton

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail" ~Edwin Land

"In this world there is always danger
for those who are afraid of it." ~ George Bernard Shaw

"Beethoven said that it's better to hit the wrong note confidently, than hit the right note unconfidently. Never be afraid to be wrong or to embarrass yourself; we are all students in this life, and there is always something more to learn.” ~Mike Norton

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

"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and i'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't." ~Lucille Ball

"Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks.
Perhaps this person will never
be disappointed or disillusioned;
perhaps she won't suffer the way
people do when they have a dream to follow.
But when the person looks back -
and at some point everyone look back -
she will hear her heart, saying,
"What have you done with the miracles
that God planted in your days?
What have you done with the talents
God bestowed on you?" ~ Paulo Coelho

“that there are many things that we can't understand. the past. the bad things that happened... and we become afraid. of what might happen in the future. its okay to be afraid. but we have to keep hoping and believeing... to keep hoping and trying our best to be good and do good. even when we're afraid” ~Nafisa Haji

"There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid." ~Frederick W. Cropp

"You can't be afraid to fail. It's the only way you succeed - you're not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that." ~LeBron James

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." ~ John D. Rockefeller

“Behind every flinch is a fear or an anxiety - sometimes rational, sometimes not. Without the fear, there is no flinch. But wiping out the fear isn't what's important - facing it is.” ~Julien Smith

"When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way." ~ Paulo Coelho

“Never be afraid to wish for what you really want in life.
Wishes are possible manifestation of thoughts.” ~Lailah Gifty Akita

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

"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do." ~Henry Ford

"We are never afraid of what is happening in this instant -
It is what MIGHT happen next that frightens us." ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Never fear what people will say... Never think you can't do it because it was never done before! You can be the source of change that is suspending for quite a long period now! You too can fly!” ~Israelmore Ayivor

"Fear is faith that it won't work out." ~Sister Mary Tricky

"I am not afraid... I was born to do this." Joan of Arc

"The best way to gain self-confidence
is to do what you are afraid to do." ~ Anonymous

“Cowards only find courage in the number of their likeness, citing their lofty strongholds as havens for their impunity.” ~Justin K. McFarlane Beau

"Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance." ~Arnold Glasow

" I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay." Iyanla Vanzant

"Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death." ~ Mark Twain

“The biggest mistake is being too afraid of making one.” ~ Gregory Benford

"Fear is the highest fence." ~Dudley Nichols

"Never be afraid to sit a while and think." ~Lorraine Hansberry

"We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it." ~ Thomas Jefferson

“The only time I want someone's opinion is when I ask for it. Reason why I don't ask for anyone's opinion nowadays is because they are too afraid, they always cover the truth with a lie, which is something I hate tremendously. When I ask for your opinion; I want full brutal honesty, face on, outright! Not a lot of people can do that, which is sad, very sad indeed...” ~Nisa Jolly

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

"An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose." ~Langston Hughes

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

“You can’t be afraid. You can be sad if you like. You can be angry. But it’s the fear that’ll freeze you in place.”~ Lauren De Stefano

"Those who fear life are already three parts dead." ~Bertrand Russell

"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves." ~ Dale Carnegie

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled or torn?
What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled
in the dirt once or twice.
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fear takes root in the soil of insecurity.” ~Todd Stocker

"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear." ~Rosa Parks

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

"Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death. " ~Betty Bender

"We tell lies when we are afraid...
afraid of what we don't know,
afraid of what others will think,
afraid of what will be found out about us.
But every time we tell a lie,
the thing that we fear grows stronger." ~ Williams Tad

"In time we hate that which we often fear." ~ William Shakespeare


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