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Eleanor RooseveltYou gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

John KennedyLet us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Jean-Paul SartreYou must be afraid, my son. That is how one becomes an honest citizen.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Cyril ConnollyHate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

Julia ChildThe only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.

—  Julia Child, 1912-2004, American chef, author & TV personality.

Mark TwainThe fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

ThucydidesNow the only sure basis of an alliance is for each party to be equally afraid of the other.

—  Thucydides, 460-394 BC, Ancient Greek historian

Winston ChurchillWhy, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together-- what do you get? The sum of their fears.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Arthur ClarkeReligion is a byproduct of fear.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Emile M. CioranIn our fear, we are victims of an aggression of the Future.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Zig ZiglarF-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Samuel JohnsonShame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

NapoleonMen are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonHe who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillAn appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillFear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Michel de MontaigneThe thing I fear most is fear.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

Michel de MontaigneHe who fears he will suffer, already suffers because of his fear.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

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

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

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

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Niccolò MachiavelliPerhaps we should wish to be both feared and loved: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose, it is far safer to be feared than loved.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Niccolò MachiavelliMen are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Sylvia PlathI am terrified by this dark thing that sleeps in me.

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

Aristotle OnassisNever start a job, a battle, or a relationship, if the fear of losing overshadows the prospect of success.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Ferdinand FochNone but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.

—  Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, French field marshal

Francis BaconHe of whom many are afraid ought to fear many.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Stanislaw Jerzy LecEvery scarecrow has a secret ambition to terrorize.

—  Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1906-1966, Polish author of maxims

La RochefoucauldWe promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Jean AnouilhAn ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

—  Jean Anouilh, 1910-1987, French playwright

Will DurantThe trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Frank TygerFear fades when facts are faced.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Martin Luther KingWe must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

—  Martin Luther King, 1929-1968, American leader in the Civil Rights Movement

Jules RenardPrudence is a euphemism for fear.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

André GideThere are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Elbert HubbardI believe there is no devil but fear.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

Elbert HubbardThe greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

T. S. EliotI will show you fear in a handful of dust.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Franklin RooseveltThe only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeIn politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

William ShakespeareOf all base passions, fear is the most accursed.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Henry IV, p. I

Latin Quotes

SenecaThe cause of fear is ignorance.

Timendi causa est nescire.

—  Seneca, 4 AD-65 AD, Roman philosopher


Funny Quotes

Steven WrightA lot of people are afraid of heights; not me, I'm afraid of widths.

—  Steven Wright, 1955-, American comedian


Movie Quotes

Gaslight (1944)I haven't been afraid since I've known you.

—  from the film Gaslight (1944)

Star Wars-The Phantom Menace (1999)Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

—  from the film Star Wars-The Phantom Menace (1999)


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