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Only your mind can produce fear.


A Course In Miracles (Course on forgiveness based on Christianity, Eastern philosophy)

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The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.


Abigail Adams (1744-1818, American First Lady)


A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation, which in itself banishes fatigue, is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run.


George M. Adams (1878-1962, American author)


The ambitious climb high and perilous stairs, and never care how to come down; the desire of rising bath swallowed up their fear of a fall.


Thomas Adams (1752-1804, American statesman)


Excessive fear is always powerless.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Fear is stronger than arms.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


As the ostrich when pursued hideth his head, but forgetteth his body; so the fears of a coward expose him to danger.


Akhenaton (1375 BC, Egyptian king, monotheist)


There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.


Marian Anderson (1902-1993, American contralto concert and opera singer)


General Grant had a simple, child-like recipe for meeting life... "I am terribly afraid, but the other fellow is afraid, too."


Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941 American writer)


An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


God! Is there anything uglier than a frightened man!


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


We fear the thing we want the most.


Dr. Robert Anthony (American educator)


Come to the edge, He said. They said, "We are afraid." "Come to the edge," He said. They came. He pushed them... and they flew.


Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918, Italian-born French poet, critic)


When fear is excessive it can make many a man despair.


St. Thomas Aquinas


Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.


Arthur Ashe (1943-1993, African-American tennis player)


A fool without fear is sometimes wiser than an angel with fear.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


The truly fearless think of themselves as normal.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Nothing is terrible except fear itself.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


At man's core there is a voice that wants him never to give in to fear. But if it is true that in general man cannot give in to fear, at the very least he postpones indefinitely the moment when he will have to confront himself with the object of his fear... when he will no longer have the assistance of reason as guaranteed by God, or when he will no longer have the assistance of God such as reason guaranteed. It is necessary to recoil, but it is necessary to leap, and perhaps one only recoils in order to leap better.


Georges Bataille (1897-1962, French novelist, critic)


Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.


Mary Bateson (American author)


Fluidity and discontinuity are central to the reality in which we live.


Mary Bateson (American author)


The habit of doing one's duty drives away fear.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


To be ambitious for wealth, and yet always expecting to be poor, to be always doubting your ability to get what you long for, is like trying to reach east by traveling west.... No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible.


Charles Baudouin


Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn't like jam if it didn't, by its very nature, ooze. We wouldn't like truth if it wasn't sticky, if, from time to time, it didn't ooze blood.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Fear is an insidious virus. Given a breeding place in our minds it will eat away our spirit and block the forward path of our endeavors.


James F. Bell (American educator)


Fear is met and destroyed with courage.


James F. Bell (American educator)


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


Betty Bender


The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortune, but its fears.


Arthur Christopher Benson (1862-1925, British author, poet)


Victory over fear is the first spiritual duty of man.


Nicolai A. Berdyaev


Fear, true fear, is a savage frenzy. Of all the insanities of which we are capable, it is surely the most cruel.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


We must travel in the direction of our fear.


John Berryman (1914-1972, American poet)


An appeal to fear never finds an echo in German hearts.


Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898, Russian statesman, Prime Minister)


He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Men are Moved by two levers only: fear and self interest


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


There are only two forces that unite men -- fear and interest.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


How often the fear of one evil leads into a worse.


Nicolas Bouleau-Despreaux


If you banish fear, nothing terribly bad can happen to you.


Margaret Bourke-White


Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Half our fears are baseless, the other half discreditable.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Proust has pointed out that the predisposition to love creates it's own objects: is this not also true of fear?


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.


Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924, British philosopher)


Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation -- it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear, and get a record of successful experiences behind you.


William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925, American lawyer, politician)


The fear of being wrong is the prime inhibitor of the creative process.


Jean Bryant


Introversion, at least if extreme, is a sign of mental and spiritual immaturity.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


The most drastic, and usually the most effective, remedy for fear is direct action.


William Burnham


We all fear what we don't know -- it's natural.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


It's better to get mugged than to live a life of fear.


Freeman Dyson (1923-, British-born American physicist, author)


If you are not concerned about the outcome of a circumstance, you will experience no fear. Whatever the outcome will be, will be, whether you fear it or not.


Ching Ning Chu (Chinese-American businesswoman, lecturer, author)


We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


To be busy with material affairs is the best preservative against reflection, fears, doubts.... I suppose a fellow proposing to cut his throat would experience a sort of relief while occupied in stropping his razor carefully.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Those who love to be feared, fear to be loved. Some fear them, but they fear everyone.


Jean Pierre Camus


Most fears cannot withstand the test of careful scrutiny and analysis. When we expose our fears to the light of thoughtful examination they usually just evaporate.


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


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 (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


The key to change ... is to let go of fear.


Rosanne Cash


Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things under ground, and much more in the skies.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


One of the effects of fear is to disturb the senses and cause things to appear other than what they are.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


You will suffer and you will have hurt.You will have joy and you will have peace.


Alison Cheek


Grief and constant anxiety kill nearly as many women as men die on the battlefield.


Mary Bokin Chesnut


The timidity of the child or the savage is entirely reasonable; they are alarmed at this world, because this world is a very alarming place. They dislike being alone because it is verily and indeed an awful idea to be alone. Barbarians fear the unknown for the same reason that Agnostics worship it -- because it is a fact.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent -- unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaust it -- we perpetuate it within ourselves like a temptation and enthrone it at the very heart of our solitude.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


He who strikes terror in others is himself continually in fear.


Claudius Claudianus (340-410, Egyptian Latin poet)


If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars.


Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861, British poet)


Fear is the fire that melts Icarian wings.


Florence Earle Coates


Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.


Ty Cobb


Most people are afraid of failing. I think there's nothing wrong in failing.


Mark N. Cohen


There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.


John Churton Collins


How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Fear can be conquered. I became a better person and a better football player when I learned that lesson.


Roger Craig (1931-, American football player)


Most of the fear that spoils our life comes from attacking difficulties before we get to them.


Frank Crane (American actor)


There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.


Frederick W. Cropp


Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


Comfort zones are plush lined coffins. When you stay in your plush lined coffins, you die.


Stan Dale (American missionary)


A fighter has to know fear.


Cus D'Amato (1961-, American boxing trainer)


The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It's the same thing, fear, but it's what you do with it that matters.


Cus D'Amato (1961-, American boxing trainer)


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