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





There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.


Coretta Scott King


Fear is the single strongest motivating force in our lives. The more frightened you become, the better your chances of achieving successes.


Lois Korey


Pitching is the art of instilling fear by making a man flinch.


Sandy Koufax


What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.


Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986, Indian theosophist)


To hell with pleasure that's haunted by fear!


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


Those only are despicable who fear to be despised.  Ridicule dishonors more than dishonor itself does.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.


Lucius C. Lactantius (260-340, Latin author, apologist)


Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.


Lucius C. Lactantius (260-340, Latin author, apologist)


Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


Favor and disgrace are like fear. Favor is in a higher place, and disgrace in a lower place. When you win them you are like being in fear, and when you lose them you are also like being in fear. So favor and disgrace are like fear.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


My defenses were so great. The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry. Simple.


John Lennon (1940-1980, British rock musician)


Stripped of all their masquerades, the fears of men are quite identical: the fear of loneliness, rejection, inferiority, unmanageable anger, illness and death.


Joshua Loth Liebman


A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.


Titus Livy (BC 59-17 AD, Roman historian)


I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.


Audre Lorde


While we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us.


Audre Lorde


Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind.


H. P. Lovecraft


Great fear is concealed under daring.


F. L. Lucan (39-65, Roman epic poet)


A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Fear is faithlessness.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


Here arises the question: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or feared than loved. Obviously, it can be answered that one should choose to be both, but since the two rarely come together for one person will find it safer to be feared than to be loved.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


Only he who can say, "The Lord is my strength," can say, "Of whom shall I be afraid?"


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


As many people die from an excess of timidity as from bravery.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


It is an old psychological axiom that constant exposure to the object of fear immunizes against the fear.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


It is better to have a right destroyed than to abandon it because of fear.


Phillip Mann


Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Studies by Medical Corps psychiatrists of combat fatigue cases... found that fear of killing, rather than fear of being killed, was the most common cause of battle failure, and that fear of failure ran a strong second.


S.L.A. Marshall


We fear our highest possibility (as well as our lowest one). We are generally afraid to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


Fear, born of that stern matron, Responsibility.


William McFee


Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.


Mignon McLaughlin (1915-, American author, editor)


What is there to be afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is you fail. So what? I failed at a lot of things. My first record was horrible.


John Mellencamp (1951-, American rock musician)


The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -- fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.


Dr. Karl Menninger


Needless fear and panic over disease or misfortune that seldom materialize are simply bad habits. By proper ventilation and illumination of the mind it is possible to cultivate tolerance, poise and real courage.


Elie Metchnikoff


Needless fear and panic over disease or misfortune that seldom materialize are simply bad habits. By proper ventilation and illumination of the mind it is possible to cultivate tolerance, poise and real courage.


Elie Metchnikoff


God incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that He is in the midst... will be quiet in the middle of alarm.


F. B. Meyer


Every day I wake up a little afraid. Only a fool is never afraid.


Ron Meyer


Fear is like fire: if controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled, it will rise up and destroy you


John F. Milburn


He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


I know what I am fleeing from, but not what I am in search of.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


The thing I fear most is fear.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


I have a fear of failure.


Joe Montana (1956-, American football player)


Depression, gloom, pessimism, despair, discouragement, these slay ten human beings to every one murdered by typhoid, influenza, diabetes, or pneumonia. If tuberculosis is the great white plague, then fear is the great black plague.


Gilbert Murray (1866-1957, British classical scholar)


We will not be driven by fear... if we remember that we are not descended from fearful men.


Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965, American journalist, broadcaster)


An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand.


Siddha Nagarjuna (c. 100-1020 AD, Tibetan father of Mahayan)


There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


There are always two voices sounding in our ears -- 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


Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


I can stand what I know. It's what I don't know that frightens me.


Frances Newton


Fear is the highest fence.


Dudley Nichols (American actor)


Nerves provide me with energy.... It's when I don't have them, when I feel at ease, that I get worried.


Mike Nichols


Fear is the mother of morality.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We are terrified by the idea of being terrified.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Whenever we're afraid, its because we don't know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, British nurse)


You can't underestimate the power of fear.


Patricia Nixon


No Fear.


No Fear Company (American clothing company)


Half the things that people do not succeed in are through fear of making the attempt.


James Northcote


Fear only two: God, and the man who has no fear of God.


Hasidic Proverb (Sayings of Hasidic origin)


Fear the man who fears you.


Hasidic Proverb (Sayings of Hasidic origin)


Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves; to like themselves.


Bonaro Overstreet


To hate and to fear is the be psychologically ill... it is, in fact, the consuming illness of our time.


Harry A. Overstreet (1875-1970, American psychologist)


Freedom is not for the timid.


Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990, Indian diplomat)


Fear is the most devastating of all human emotions. Man has no trouble like the paralyzing effects of fear.


Paul Parker


You can get something done in a short time with fear, but in the long run it just doesn't pay off.


Wendell Parsons (American businessman, CEO of Stamp-Rite)


Fear is one thing. To let fear grab you and swing you around by the tail is another.


Katherine Paterson


When men are ruled by fear, they strive to prevent the very changes that will abate it.


Alan Paton


If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to your fear.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


A great philosophy is not a philosophy without reproach; it is philosophy without fear.


Charles Peguy (1873-1914, French poet, philosopher)


The fear of life is the favorite disease of the twentieth century.


William Lyon Phelps


Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.


Pliny The Elder (c.23-79, Roman neophatonist)


One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.


Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980, American short-story writer, novelist)


Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain.


Diane De Pottiers


Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.


Michael Pritchard


He that is afraid to shake the dice will never throw a six.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


No rose without a thorn.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


People always make the wolf more formidable than he is.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Remember that everyone you ever meet is sure to fear something, to love something, and to have lost something.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


But is a fence over which few leap.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


It's hard to scare a person who thinks he will benefit from dying.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Better to fear than to be frightened.


Hungarian Proverb (Sayings of Hungarian origin)


Fear is a fine spur.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


The scalded dog fears hot water, and afterwards, cold.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Fear to let spill a drop and you will spill a lot.


Malaysian Proverb


He who is afraid of a thing gives it power over him.


Moorish Proverb (Sayings of Moorish origin)


In the kingdom of hope, there is no winter.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


He who fears death cannot enjoy life.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.


Swedish Proverb (Sayings of Swedish origin)


Fear is worse than the ordeal itself.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


There are moments when everything goes well, but don't be frightened.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.


Ruth E. Renkel


Of all the passions, fear weakens judgment most.


Cardinal Jean Francois de Retz (1613-1679, French statesman, prelate)


We're frightened of what makes us different.


Anne Rice (1941-, American author, "Interview with the Vampire")


The timid are afraid before the danger, the cowardly while in danger, and the courageous after danger.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


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