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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

I marvel now that it was not obvious how inextricable suffering and fear are. It was not until fear left that I noticed, slowly, how it seemed to have taken suffering with it. It took a while to figure out that (for me, anyhow) suffering is mostly caused by fear--not by the circumstances themselves, but by my response to them.

JAN FRAZIER, When Fear Falls Away

Fear hath a numerous progeny.


He who fears dangers will not perish by them.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

Sometimes fear is wholesome and rational; it is well to swing fear as a mighty battle-axe over men's heads when no other motive will move them.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

When we notice a connection between our present fears and their origins in early life, we are finding out how much of our identity is designed by fear. Is fear the architect of me?

DAVID RICHO, When Love Meets Fear

Fears themselves don't have to change at all. Fear is not the problem. It is our relationship to the fear that determines the choices we make. By changing our relationship to fear, we reduce its credibility, robbing it of its power to stop us.

THOM RUTLEDGE, Embracing Fear

The understanding of fear cures fear.

ROBERT ANTHONY, Beyond Positive Thinking

Nothing like fear to wash your mind clean.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Guilty Pleasures

A man that is afraid is never a man.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.

J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Fear, the strength of earth's religions, gripping every living soul,
Was a monstrous human error for the making of men whole.


The valiant standeth as a rock, and the billows break upon him;
The timorous is a skiff unmoored, tossed and mocked at by a ripple:
The valiant holdeth fast to good, till evil wrench it from him;
The timorous casteth it aside to meet the worst halfway.

MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy

You never had to be afraid of anything that was afraid of you.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Narcissus in Chains

Fear is a destructive emotion that can deal a fatal blow to any attempt on your part to build total self-confidence. If you allow your fears to run your life, it will be impossible to create the life you truly desire.

ROBERT ANTHONY, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence

Of all the mental and physical polluters of life, nothing exercises such a poisonous effect as fear.

ELBERT HUBBARD, The American Bible

Fear secretes acids.


Fear is a quicksand that slows and grips and strangles, leaving its victims unable to act, too timid to do what life requires.

BOB LONSBERRY, A Various Language

In regard to the great mass of men, anything that breaks the realm of fear is not salutary, but dangerous; because it takes off one of the hoops that hold the barrel together in which the evil spirits are confined.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

The fear we throw about danger is always as disproportionate as a paternal shirt on an infant.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Just as courage is the danger of life, so is fear its safeguard.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

All human actions are motivated at their deepest level by two emotions--fear or love. In truth there are only two emotions--only two words in the language of the soul.... Fear wraps our bodies in clothing, love allows us to stand naked. Fear clings to and clutches all that we have, love gives all that we have away. Fear holds close, love holds dear. Fear grasps, love lets go. Fear rankles, love soothes. Fear attacks, love amends.

NEALE DONALD WALSCH, Conversations with God

Fear is the brother of hate.

LARRY NIVEN, Ringworld

We often suffer more from our fears, than from the dangers of our situation.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Once bitten by a snake, one is afraid at the sight of a mere rope.


Fear flies through fancy's door.


Not to fear where there is occasion, is as great a weakness as to fear unduly, without reason.... Fear is a kind of bell, or gong, which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance upon the approach of danger.


Fear will bind you closer than love, or hate, and it works a hell of a lot quicker.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, Guilty Pleasures

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, You Learn by Living

Fear is prophetical of evil.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Sometimes fear is a warning. It's like someone putting a hand on your shoulder and saying Go No Farther.

ANNE RICE, Memnoch the Devil

Face your fears or they will climb over your back.

FRANK HERBERT, Chapterhouse: Dune

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, attributed, Instinct for Freedom: Finding Liberation Through Living

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