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22 Inspirational Quotes on Fear

Here’s a really interesting area and a barrier that often holds us back from getting and becoming what we really want.

I think there is much to be learned from these thoughts on fear. And I hope they may be inspirational and useful for you.

If you’d like to read more about fear and overcoming it have a look at 5 Life-Changing Keys to Overcoming Your Fear and How to Move Beyond Being a Self-Help Junkie for some practical pointers and advice.

People living deeply have no fear of death.
Anais Nin

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.
Karl Augustus Menninger

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
James Stephens

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Unknown

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

Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.
Isa Upanishad, Hindu Scripture

Where no hope is left, is left no fear.
Milton

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.
Japanese Proverb

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

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

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

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
Henry David Thoreau

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

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Virgil Thomson

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
Gandhi

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.
Unknown

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  • Joaquín May 15, 2007, 5:43 am

    Thanks for the post Henrik! May I add my own quote? I´ve been thinking about it for a while and after reading your blog today I finally posted it on my own. I honestly think: Fear of failure is evolution´s bottleneck.

  • karenlim May 17, 2007, 6:10 pm

    thanks for the great post.

    Sometimes fear can come in a funny way.
    I have fear for cats. But I managed to use
    visualization to get rid of my fear for cats.
    I have updated my story at my Blog.

  • Romantic Ideas May 17, 2007, 8:16 pm

    One of my favorites: “We have nothing to fear . . . but fear itself!” Good post.

  • Amit May 18, 2007, 12:09 am

    The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.
    Gandhi

    I’ve never heard of that one before from Gandhi but WOW, what an unbelievably powerful message!

  • rick August 10, 2007, 6:28 am

    Fear is a message. Do not dismiss it outright! Neither let fear dismiss judgement. Weigh all evidence in the balance, then act.

    me.

  • Al September 10, 2007, 11:26 pm

    I’m a bit late with this comment, since the original post was a few months ago! At any rate, here is my favorite quote about fear:

    “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something greater than fear.”
    - Ambrose Redmoon

  • Tezza September 14, 2007, 3:43 am

    Great quotes! Here is one that I like:
    Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure. ~Author Unknown

  • Douglas Woods September 26, 2007, 9:49 pm

    Yep, another great post. I was expecting to see “Feel the Fear but Do it Anyway” or maybe that phrase is trademarked!

  • William August 8, 2008, 5:38 pm

    I’m a little afraid of quotes about fear, but your blog helped me face that. thank you!

  • brooke March 7, 2010, 11:19 pm

    heyy i have the fear of throwing my full in cheerleading…does anyone have a quote for tht

  • Ram Goutam March 9, 2010, 10:14 am

    great quotes!!!
    thanks,
    rg.

  • shah_h7 March 10, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Nice post Henrik!

    I really like these quotes, especially:

    “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
    Gandhi

    I also found another great quote here:

    http://reclaimhappiness.com/blog/?p=223

    Thanks!!

  • Pete July 2, 2010, 1:08 am

    Excellent! There are always two voices sounding in our ear: the voice of fear, and the voice of confidence. One is the clamor of the senses, the other is the whispering of the higher self. Charles B. Newcomb

  • Saffron September 1, 2010, 12:01 am

    Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learned here.
    FEAR is nothing but False Evidence Appearing Real