Fear Sayings and Quotes

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

But fear doesn't need doors and windows. It works from the inside Andrew Clements
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
Fear can supplant our real problems only to the extent --unwilling either to assimilate or to exhaust it --we perpetuate it within ourselves like a temptation and enthrone it at the very heart of our solitude. Emil Cioran
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fear doesn't go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day. Steven Pressfield
Fear has many eyes and can see things underground. Miguel de Cervantes
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. Usman B. Asif
Fear is a distorting mirror in which anything can appear as a caricature of itself, stretched to terrible proportions; once inflamed, the imagination pursues the craziest and most unlikely possibilities. What is most absurd suddenly seems the most probable. Stefan Zweig
Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them. Marilyn Ferguson
Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love. Rick Warren
Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake. Edgar Wallace
FEAR is an acronym in the English language for False Evidence Appearing Real. Neale Donald Walsch
Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it's contagious. Jimmy Stewart
Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Neil Gaiman
Fear is excitement without breath. Robert Heller
Fear is faith that it won't work out. Sister Mary Tricky
Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse. Norman Vincent Peale
Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. Japanese Proverb
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle
Fear is simply staring in a direction you didn't want to go anyway. Brian Germain
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. Samuel Butler
Fear is the enemy of logic. Frank Sinatra
Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. Henry H. Tweedy
Fear is the highest fence. Dudley Nichols
Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance. Arnold Glasow
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
Fear is the mother of foresight. Thomas Hardy
Fear is the mother of morality. Friedrich Nietzsche
Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven. James Hastings
Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. Yoda
Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. George Sewell
Fear is the thief of dreams. Brian Krans
Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority. Elbert Hubbard
Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people. Anwar Sadat
Fear isn't an excuse to come to a standstill. It's the impetus to step up and strike. Arthur Ashe
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. Shirley MacLaine
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. German Proverb
Fear makes us feel our humanity. Benjamin Disraeli
Fear not those who argue but those who dodge. Dale Carnegie
Fear sometimes stops you from doing stupid things. But it can also stop you from doing creative or exciting or experimental things. It can cloud your judgment of others, and lead to all kinds of evil. The control and understanding of our personal fears is one of the most important undertakings in our life. Helen Mirren
Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it. Leonardo da Vinci
The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear. Gandhi
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. H.P. Lovecraft
The only thing we have to fear is fear it'self - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident. Max Lucado
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable. Christian Nevell Bovee
To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. Katherine Paterson
Where the fear is, happiness is not. Seneca
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein
What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears. Alice Walker
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. Ambrose Redmoon
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle
Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back. Babe Ruth
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. Bill Cosby
There can be no initiative if one has fear, and fear compels us to cling to tradition, gurus, etc. Bruce Lee
Fear is a friend of exceptional people. Cus D’Amato
Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter. D. L. Moody
Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind compassion opens it. Dalai Lama
Instead of harboring fear and suspicion we need to think of other people not as ‘them’ but ‘us’. Dalai Lama
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy Dale Carnegie
Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. Dale Carnegie
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. Dorothy Thompson
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt
Cease to hope and you will cease to fear. Hecato
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Helen Keller
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. Henry Ford
Everything you want is on the other side of fear Jack Canfield
Fear is an insidious virus. Given a breeding place in our minds it will eat away our spirit and block the forward path of our endeavors. James F. Bell
Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. Judy Blume
Your mission be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear. Karen Salmansohn
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. Marilyn Ferguson
We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets. Marilyn Monroe
For life to be really fun, what you fear should line up with what you desire. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. Pema Chodron
Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do that which you fear to do and the fear will die. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live. Robert Greene
Being scared is part of being alive. Accept it. Walk through it. Robin Sharma
The key to change is to let go of fear. Roseanne Cash
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears. Rudyard Kipling
Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small. Ruth Gendler
They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn. Seneca
He who indulges in empty fears earns himself real fears. Seneca
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Swami Vivekananda
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. Thich Nhat Hanh