An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Men who look young, act young, and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young -- but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution what would be excessive in their grandfathers -- are the curses of the world.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


The first and great commandment is, "Don't let them scare you."


Elmer Davis


Fear makes us feel our humanity.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Fear is the biggest motivator.


Bill Dixon


From a shy, timid girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could no longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles.


Anna Dostoevsky


If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.


Lloyd C. Douglas


Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it.


Donald Downes


He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air. It is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time, we do not even notice it. Instead of "I am afraid," we say, "I don't want to," or "I don't know how," or "I can't."


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


He without fear is king of the world.


E. E. Eddison


For it is not death or hardship that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and hardship.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


There is the fear that we shan't prove worthy in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Man -- fear that men won't understand us and we shall be cut off from them.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


All infractions of love and equity in our social relations are... punished by fear.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Always do what you are afraid to do.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Are you not scared by seeing that the gypsies are more attractive to us than the apostles?


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Fear always springs from ignorance.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Better hazard once than always be in fear.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Fear is the most damnable, damaging thing to human personality in the whole world.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.


William Faulkner (1897-1962, American novelist)


Being old isn't for sissies.


Millicent Fenwick


Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is an illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.


Marilyn Ferguson (American writer)


There seemed to be endless obstacles -- it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear.


Joanna Field


Fear is an acid which is pumped into one's atmosphere. It causes mental, moral and spiritual asphyxiation, and sometimes death; death to energy and all growth.


Horace Fletcher


One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.


Ed Foreman (American motivational lecturer, writer)


Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.


Brendan Francis


Fear may come true that which one is afraid of.


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, Austrian psychiatrist, author, "Man's Search for Meaning")


A coward's fear can make a coward valiant.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


A good life fears not life, nor death.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


He that fears not the future may enjoy the present.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


I have never been nervous in all my life and I have no patience with people who are. If you know what you are going to do, you have no reason to be nervous. And I knew what I was going to do.


Mary Garden


Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts.


Barbara Garrison


Fear is created not by the world around us, but in the mind, by what we think is going to happen.


Elizabeth Gawain


Most fear stems from sin; to limit one's sins, one must assuredly limit one's fear, thereby bringing more peace to one's spirit.


Marvin Gaye (1939-1984, American soul singer)


Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.


Ruth J. Gendler


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


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.


Jerry Gillies


The world is quite right. It does not have to be consistent.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.


Arnold H. Glasow


The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.


Jean-Luc Godard (1930-, French filmmaker, author)


Fear guides more than gratitude.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Many women miss their greatest chance of happiness through a want of courage in a decisive moment.


Winifred Gordon


All we are asked to bear we can bear. That is a law of the spiritual life. The only hindrance to the working of this law, as of all benign laws, is fear.


Elizabeth Goudge


Fear is implanted in us as a preservative from evil; but its duty, like that of other passions, is not to overbear reason, but to assist it. It should not be suffered to tyrannize


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


To relinquish a present good through apprehension of a future evil is in most instances unwise... from a fear which may afterwards turn out groundless, you lost the good that lay within your grasp.


Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540, Italian historian)


Men who fear God face life fearlessly. Men who do not fear God end up fearing everything.


Richard Halverson


Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid it will never begin.


Grace Hansen


Most people are paralyzed by fear. Overcome it and you take charge of your life and your world.


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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Fear of success can also be tied into the idea that success means someone else's loss. Some people are unconsciously guilty because they believe their victories are coming at the expense of another.


Joan C. Harvey (American clinical psychologist, lecturer, author)


Doubt indulged soon becomes doubt realized.


Frances Ridley Havergal


A life of action and danger moderates the dread of death. It not only gives us fortitude to bear pain, but teaches us at every step the precarious tenure on which we hold our present being.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Fear is excitement without breath.


Robert Heller (American business writer, editor of Management Today)


Fear is the mind killer


Frank Herbert (1920-1986, American writer)


You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.


Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss novelist, poet)


Fears are nothing more than states of mind.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.


Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, Anglo-American filmmaker)


Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Fear is uncertainty.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Fear of becoming a has been keeps some people from becoming anything.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Fear of the pain blinds us to the goal of healing. Only by seeing our problems clearly and experiencing them can we do something about them.


Bob Hoffman (American peak performance consultant, author)


Do what you fear most and you control fear.


Tom Hopkins (1944-, American sales trainer, speaker, author)


Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.


Doug Horton


I, a stranger and afraid, in a world I never made.


A. E. Housman (1859-1936, British poet, classical scholar)


If you knew how cowardly your enemy is, you would slap him. Bravery is knowledge of the cowardice in the enemy.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The thing we fear we bring to pass.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


There is no devil but fear.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Never take counsel of your fears.


Andrew Jackson (1767-1845, American President (7th))


Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death -- that is heroism.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


I think over again my small adventures, my fears, These small ones that seemed so big. For all the vital things I had to get and to reach. And yet there is only one great thing, The only thing. To live to see the great day that dawns And the light that fills the world.


Inuit Song


Fear of life in one form or another is the great thing to exorcise.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


In morals what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism. Fear, either as a principle or a motive, is the beginning of all evil.


Anna Jameson (1794-1860, British essayist)


Fear breeds fear.


Byron Janis


Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.


Dr. Robert Jarvik


Feel the fear and do it anyway.


Susan Jeffers (American author, speaker)


Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.


John Paul II (1920, Polish-born Italian pope)


Every day I run scared. That's the only way I can stay ahead.


John H. Johnson (1918-, American businessman, founder of Johnson Publishing)


Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.


Lady Bird Johnson (1912, Texas' first First Lady)


0, how vain and vile a passion is this fear! What base, uncomely things it makes men do.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Shame arises from the fear of men, conscience from the fear of God.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Fear is the sand in the machinery of life.


Eli Stanley Jones (1884-1973, American missionary)


If fear is cultivated it will become stronger. If faith is cultivated it will achieve the mastery... faith is the stronger emotion because it is positive, whereas fear is negative.


John Paul Jones


Fear is a sign-usually a sign that I'm doing something right.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


The only thing we have to fear on this planet is man.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


My "fear"... is my substance, and probably the best part of me.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Only with absolute fearlessness can we slay the dragons of mediocrity that invade our gardens.


John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946, British economist)


There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.


Billie Jean King (1943-, American tennis player)


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