Quotes about Fear to help you gain assurance

quotes about fear
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Fear or trepidation is something we all face and deal with. As I wrote in my book Success On Your Terms, “it is normal to feel fear when a person is faced with a situation they are not familiar with.” People react to fear in different ways, some push through it while others fall back and give up. I hope that by reading these fear quotes, you will gain assurance that your dreams should always be bigger than your fears.


  • “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela


  • “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie


  • “Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never tastes death but once.” – William Shakespeare


  • “Every time we choose safety, we reinforce fear.” – Cheri Huber


  • “People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.” – Norman Cousins


  • It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” – Aung San Suu Kyi


  • “Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.” – Chet Atkins


  • Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” – Dorothy Thompson


  • “Fear grows in darkness; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.” – Dorothy Thompson


  • “Anything scares me, anything scares anyone but really after all considering how dangerous everything is nothing is really very frightening.” – Gertrude


  • “Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.” – Hannah Arendt


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


  • “I am not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott



  • “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius


  • “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson


“… without darkness

Nothing comes to birth,

As without light

Nothing flowers.” – May Sarton


  • “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.” – Robert L Stevenson


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


  • “To him who is in fear everything rustles.” – Sophocles


  • “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell


  • “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


  • “Fear can’t hurt you anymore than a dream.” – William Golding


  • “You are frightened of everything. You call it caution. You call it common sense. You call it practicality. You call it playing the odds, but that’s only because you’re afraid to call it by its real name, and its real name is fear.” – Mick Farren


  • “He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” – Napoleon I


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


  • “No one loves the man whom he fears.” – Aristotle


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


  • “You are limited only by your fears.” – Fran Watson


  • “Inaction breads 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


  • “Clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.” – Chinese proverb


I hope that you have enjoyed reading these quotes about fear and that they have empowered you to face down those fears and win!


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