25 Empowering Worry Quotes

One of the most common and destructive daily habits that people get caught up in certainly must be the habit of worrying.

It has been one of my biggest issues.

And I know from my inbox that so many struggle with this.

But instead of doing what I usually do and collecting the best habits and tips that have helped me I’d like to do something different today.

I'd like to share 25 of the best, most empowering and inspiring quotes from the past few thousands of years about worrying and what to do about it.

And if you want to learn much more about this destructive habit then have a look at my Stop Worrying Today Course.

Quotes on Worry

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
– Swedish Proverb

”People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Worry Quotes by Dale Carnegie

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
– Dale Carnegie

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
– Elbert Hubbard

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
– George F. Burns

Worry Quotes by E. Joseph Cossman

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
– E. Joseph Cossman

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
– Arthur Somers Roche

“When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.”
– Joseph Joubert

Worry Quote by Dean Smith

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”
– Dean Smith

“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
– Chinese Proverb

Worry Quotes by Cullen Hightower

“Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.”
– Cullen Hightower

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
– Erma Bombeck

“People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching a cold.”
– John Jay Chapman

Worry Quote by Harold Stephen

“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.”
– Harold Stephen

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.”
– Nelson DeMille

Worry Quotes by Robert Frost

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.”
– Robert Frost

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
– John Newton

Worry Quote by Dale Carnegie

“If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”
– Dale Carnegie

“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”
– Winston Churchill

“Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff.”
– Robert Eliot

Worry Quote by John Lubbock

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.”
– John Lubbock

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.”
– Mary Hemingway

What is your favorite quote on worrying and how to overcome it? Feel free to share the best one(s) you have found in this article or in your life in the comments section below.

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  • Tigist

    Thank you for sharing, all are nice quotes. # 10 is I like the most.

  • niraj singh

    Awesome words ….

  • Thank you everyone for your kindness and for sharing your own favorites! :)

  • teresa

    Especially liked number 3 – chinese proverb. New one to be. Will definitely remember. Thanks for your daily inspiration.

  • apollos

    thank you Mr Henrik,this quotes have really encourage me in life,with other quotes which you send to my email.I feel I am positive person when i read this encouraginging quotes.thank you

  • NNN

    I’m digressing but to eliminate worrying physical activity is a great tool.

    “Your body has to be in top condition. Your Chess deteriorates as your body does. You can’t separate body from mind.” – Bobby Fischer

  • K Sunil Kumar

    Afterall worry is not worth a thing to worry about! Forge worries, on be in present. Do what is to be done now….
    Everything will be in order….

  • worry is like paying twice for a delivery package, just to find out it’s an empty box.

    I enjoyed the quotes thing, its like sieving out all the unnecessary part of a write-up and leaving only the useful punch lines.

  • “I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief…. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” ~Wendell Berry

  • Great choice, I love quotes like these, they instantly make me super aware of how short life is and help me put things in perspective. Keep posting!

  • Worrying is one of the greatest time wasters and stealer of peace of mind there is. Most of the things people worry about never happen.

    A great article with some fantastic quotes

  • Nancy Johnson

    Thank you so much for always starting my Sunday off with a positive spin. I love your blog!

  • Inspiring words… Thanks for sharing–these reminders are helpful to have in mind on a daily basis!


  • Craig

    Thanks – another light in a dark day. This is good stuff. Cannot stress what love (including self love and appreciation of your efforts), meditation and pray can do to lift you.

    • Michael Osborne

      Dear Henrik
      Your quotes are like manna. I also feed them to my friends. Your goodness goes on. My favourite is 18. More people worry than work. I also worry over work !which I must cure. Michael