23 Quotes About Fear to Help You Be Fearless in 2016

23 Quotes About Fear to Help You Be Fearless in 2016

With each passing year, it seems there is more to fear in life. From media-fueled terrorism paranoia, freak accidents, to the very real effects of climate change, and conditions as basic as a broken heart, fear is rampant, deep-seated, and comes in many shapes and sizes. While it indeed has its place in preventing one from entering a potentially dangerous situation, fear can also easily manipulate the mind to resist adventure, exploration, kindness, and love. It can effectively paralyze the spirit from living to its fullest. And who wants that? The following 23 quotes about fear put the sentiment in its rightful place.

1. To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around it. – Richie Norton

2. Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing. – Matthew J. Kirby

3. There is no illusion greater than fear. – Lao Tzu

4. Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them. – Epictetus

5. When you’re scared, you stay as you are. – Stephen Richards

6. Fear can make a moth seem the size of a bull elephant. – Stephen Richards

7. We can easy forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. – Plato

8. Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before. – Queen Latifah

9. If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. – Sun Tzu

10. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. – H. P. Lovecraft

11. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict. – Jim Morrison

13. I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott

14. Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. – Salvador Dali

15. I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway. – Taylor Swift

16. 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

17. We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays. – Persius

18. We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful. – Warren Buffet

19. Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. – Buddha

20. Fear is the mother of foresight. – Thomas Hardy

21. There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. – Andre Gide

22. The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears. – Stendhal

23. We are afraid of the enormity of the possible. – Emile M. Cioran

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Aylin Erman
Aylin Erman

Aylin is founder of GlowKitchen, a food blog with an emphasis on vegan and gluten-free fare. Aylin has been living in Istanbul, where she is founder and CEO of a cold-pressed juice and healthy foods company JÜS (www.jusistanbul.com).