Anxiety Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anxiety quotes, anxiety sayings, and anxiety proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.     

Sren Kierkegaard

Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.     

Anas Nin

To hear the phrase "our only hope" always makes one anxious, because it means that if the only hope doesn't work, there is nothing left.     

Lemony Snicket

Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.     

Corrie ten Boom

If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.     

Amit Ray

Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far.     

Jodi Picoult

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.     

Hans Selye

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.     

Arthur Somers Roche

Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.     

Astrid Alauda

Don't try to steer the river.     

Deepak Chopra

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.     

T. S. Eliot

People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.     

Eckhart Tolle

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.     

Henry Ward Beecher

I'm trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy.     

Shawn Johnson

What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?     

Thomas a Kempis

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.     

Robert Albert Bloch

Fear can, though it is not God, create something from nothing.     

Caspar De Aguilar

We probably wouldn't worry about what people think about us if we knew how seldom they do.     

Olin Miller

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

Karl A. Menninger

He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear.     

Michel de Montaigne

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.     

Benjamin Franklin

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.     


Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.     

Rudyard Kipling

The misfortunes hardest to bear are these which never came.     

James Russell Lowell

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.     

Rainer Maria Rilke

Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No longer forward nor behind I look in hope and fear; But grateful take the good I find, The best of now and here.     

John G. Whittier

Never let life's hardships disturb you ... no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.     

Nichiren Daishonen

It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.     


Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.     

Robert Browning

Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective.     

Saul Bellow

We walk in circles, so limited by our own anxieties that we can no longer distinguish between true and false, between the gangster's whim and the purest ideal.     

Ingmar Bergman

Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender.     

The Bhagavad Gita

Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.     

Samuel Butler

Christ told his disciples not to be anxious about tomorrow, but he never said not to consider tomorrow. Intelligent problem solving demands careful consideration of the future effects of present solutions.     

R.C. Sproul

Whenever a man allows himself to have anxieties, fears, or complaints, he must consider his behaviour as either a denial of the wisdom of God or as a confession that he is out of his will.     

Williams Law

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.     

Thomas Merton

You can never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear. It is impossible for an anxious person, a worried one, or a fearful one to perceive truth; all things are distorted and thrown out of their proper relations by suc     

Wallace D. Wattles

I'm just suggesting that when you're faced with fear and anxiety, don't medicate. Meditate instead.     

Russell Simmons

A warrior of the light...never confuses tension with anxiety.     

Paulo Coelho

Anxiety is caused by lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.     

David Kekich

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.     

Charles Spurgeon

To each of man's ages the Lord gives its own anxieties.     

Paulo Coelho

If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.     

Hazel Henderson

The experience of separateness arouses anxiety; it is, indeed, the source of all anxiety.     

Erich Fromm

You don't have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.     

Dan Millman

Anxiety is the space between the "now" and the "then.     

Richard Abell

Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.     

Rose F. Kennedy

Anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic creation     

Charles Frankel