Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Quotes on Fear

Ever noticed those quotes at the beginning of a chapter in a book? That chapter is often "hung" by that quote. Below are some of the quotes I've assembled for my book. If you have others, PLEASE submit them. Many minds think clearer than one!

Quotes on Dealing With Fear:

A ship in harbor is safe -- but that is not what ships are for. --John A. Shedd

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

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive -- the risk to be alive and express what we really are. --Don Miguel Ruiz

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

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. --Eleanor Roosevelt

[W]e now know that the human animal is characterized by two great fears that other animals are protected from: the fear of life and the fear of death... Heidegger brought these fears to the center of his existential philosophy. He argued that the basic anxiety of [humanity] is anxiety about being-in-the-world, as well as anxiety of being-in-the-world. That is, both fear of death and fear of life, of experience and individuation. --Ernest Becker

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is. --H. Jackson Browne

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. --Henry James

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. --James Thurber

I'm 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 Aurelias

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. --Marianne Williamson

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. --Marilyn Ferguson

Worry gives a small thing a big shadow. --Swedish Proverb

Usually a person has more faith in their fear than faith in their future. --Doug Firebaugh

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. --Michel de Montaigne

We have nothing to fear but fear itself. --Franklin D. Roosevelt

Love is always creative, fear always destructive. --Emmet Fox

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. --Helen Keller

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

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? --Mary Manin Morrissey author




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