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22 Inspirational Quotes on Fear

In this post I’d like to take a look at a really interesting area and a barrier that often holds us back from getting and becoming what we really want.

It’s all about fear.

And about what we can do about it so it does not prevent us from living the life we want.

I think there is much to be learned from these 22 timeless and inspiring thoughts on fear.

And I hope they may be motivating and useful for you.

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.

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.

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.

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • rick

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


  • Al

    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

  • 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

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

  • William

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

  • brooke

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

  • great quotes!!!

  • shah_h7

    Nice post Henrik!

    I really like these quotes, especially:

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

    I also found another great quote here:



  • 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

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