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. Seneca
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. Seneca
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
It requires a great deal of inexperience to be beyond the reach of anxiety. Evan Esar
Anxiety isn't all bad: at least it gives you something to think about while watching television. Evan Esar
Anxiety is like sand in a oyster: a little produces a pearl, too much kills the creature. Evan Esar
Most people are anxious to do a favor for those who don't need it. Evan Esar
The sense of anxiety and guilt doesn't come from having too much to do; it's the automatic result of breaking agreements with yourself. Vincenzo Berghella
Anxiety: the dizziness of freedom. Soren Kierkegaard
No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted. Olive Schreiner
A paranoid individual's characteristic problems with appearance, speech, thought, behavior, mood, insight, judgement, and intelligence when taken together trace recognizable pattern called the mental status. Martin Kantor
In some paranoid individuals the signs of change in appearance that occur are subtle. Martin Kantor
In some paranoid individuals the changes in appearance resemble those found in individuals who are depressed. Martin Kantor
Depressed paranoid individuals may use what they believe to be positive changes in their appearance to compensate for feeling defective. Martin Kantor
Paranoid individuals like individuals who are depressed feel pessimistic due to the belief that they will never have any sort of life. Martin Kantor
Being paranoid is accepting that you can see a very small window of a much larger reality. Jason Edward Shiffman
At any moment, there is always something that will take you down, you just have to wait for it, and most importantly watch for it. Jason Edward Shiffman
Paranoia is a hunch that is not yet proven. Jason Edward Shiffman
Everything is connected, that makes the world as dangerous as it is beautiful. Jason Edward Shiffman
Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that's not true. Robert Orben
My first psychiatrist said I was paranoid, but I want a second opinion because I think he's out to get me. Tom Wilson
Anxiety is the wound of our times. Sheryl Paul
Anxiety, when approached from the mindset of learning, directs you to something deep inside that needs to be seen, a call from soul to pay attention, an invitation from the wellsprings of being to turn inward and heal at the next layer of growth. Sheryl Paul
Anxiety's emissaries arrive in many forms: worry, intrusive thoughts, obsessions, compulsions, insomnia, somatic symptoms. If we greet these emissaries with shame and try to sequester them into the far down, hidden recesses of psyche, they will gather in in numbers and strength until we are forced to listen. Sheryl Paul
Seeing anxiety and intrusive thoughts thoughts as wise manifestations of the unconscious is a vastly different view--and a much more hopeful and life enhancing view --of anxiety than one our culture holds. Sheryl Paul
Anxiety is a doorway into a self that longs for wholeness. Sheryl Paul
Anxiety is a meteor shower of what-ifs. Max Lucado
Fear results in fight or flight. Anxiety creates doom and gloom. Max Lucado
Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one. Max Lucado
The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. Max Lucado
Anxiety is not a sin; it is an emotion. Anxiety can, however, lead to sinful behavior. Max Lucado
Anxiety is life's inescapable accompaniment, its constant undertow. Every step we take offers it an opportunity; to avoid anxiety we would have to lock ourselves away. Soren Kierkegaard
Anxiety can be replaced only by the freedom whose harsh requirements are its cause. Soren Kierkegaard
Being free requires us to release the brakes that anxiety represents in order to accept and appropriate our proper spiritual fulfillment or perhaps even to recognize, if that is what we in the end believe, that no such prospect is in store. Soren Kierkegaard
We truly live in anxious times. We're reacting instead of acting, leading and calming down. Kathleen Smith
When we feel threatened, we must respond to the threat. This is the simplest and best definition of anxiety: anxiety is your response to a real or imagined threat. Kathleen Smith
Our anxiety serves serves a very important purpose, because the central goal of being a human is simple: to not die for as long as you can. Kathleen Smith
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Natalie Goldberg