Fear quotes

I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.

- Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

DEPENDENT, adj. Reliant upon another's generosity for the support which you are not in a position to exact from his fears.

- Ambrose Bierce

It is not difficult to get away into retirement; and there live upon your own convictions; nor is it difficult to mix with men and follow their convictions; but to enter into the world; and there live firmly and fearlessly according to your own conscience; that is Christian greatness.


Fear is a great motivator.

- Art Bell

Liberalism, above all, means emancipation -- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty.

- Humphrey, Hubert H.

Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.

- Connolly, Cyril

The United Nations cannot do anything, and never could; it is not an animate entity or agent. It is a place, a stage, a forum and a shrine... a place to which powerful people can repair when they are fearful about the course on which their own rhetoric seems to be propelling them.

- O'Brien, Conor Cruise

The modern picture of the artist began to form: The poor, but free spirit, plebeian but aspiring only to be classless, to cut himself forever free from the bonds of the greedy bourgeoisie, to be whatever the fat burghers feared most, to cross the line wherever they drew it, to look at the world in a way they couldn't see, to be high, live low, stay young forever -- in short, to be the bohemian.

- Wolfe, Thomas

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

- Maclaine, Shirley

The innocent are free from fear, but the guilty always the dread of punishment before their eyes.


It was when reporters became journalists and when objectivity gave way to searching for truth, that an aura of distrust and fear arose around the New Journalist.

- Geyer, Georgie Anne

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

- Epictetus

Whenever we are tempted to say more than is needful, let us remember St. John's words (in the only sermon we have on record of his), "Little children, love one another," and ask God for His Holy Spirit, the spirit of love, which, instead of weakening a man's words, makes them all the stronger in the cause of truth, because they are spoken in love.
How difficult it is to distinguish between the loving tact, which avoids giving offence to a weaker brother, and the fear of man, which bringeth a snare!

- MS. Letter. 1842.

She feared no danger, for she knew no sin.

- Dryden, John

Obscurity is a good thing. You can fail in obscurity. It removes the fear of failure.

- Jason Fried

Only he is free who cultivates his own thoughts, and strives without fear to do justice to them.

- Berthold Auerbach

We'd like to fight but we fear defeat, we'd like to work but we're feeling too weak, we'd like to be sick but we'd get the sack, we'd like to behave, we'd like to believe, we'd like to love, but we've lost the knack.

- Lewis, Cecil Day

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

- Russell, Bertrand

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

- Solomon, King of Israel

If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too.

- Fuller, Thomas

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