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Fire and fear, good servants, bad lords.

URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Left Hand of Darkness

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Unpopular Essays

Some fearful sights there be that creep
By night -- I mean that harass sleep;
But tenfold more alarming seem these when
They brave the day, to breathe the air like men.

WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, "The Link," Cloudrifts at Twilight

A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.

J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Children of Hurin

Once you have explored a fear, it becomes less terrifying. Part of courage comes from extending our knowledge.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVEN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Corrino

Fear is the touch of death, death reminding us of its existence.

IVAN KLIMA, Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light

The strongest human emotion is fear. It's the essence of any good thriller that, for a little while, you believe in the boogeyman.

JOHN CARPENTER, Time, Nov. 16, 1987

Fears work into the mind like maggots in a corpse; they fester and boil and work to no good.

DAVID C. SMITH & RICHARD L. TIERNEY, The Ring of Ikribu

Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

DANIEL DEFOE, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Fear is good in small amounts, but when it is a constant companion, it cuts away at who you are and makes it hard to do what you know is right.

CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Inheritance

A man who will not get scared on some occasions, lacks good sense.

EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings

Though it may arrive with shocking suddenness, horror devours its prey slowly. Through hours of days and years, it spreads its sullen darkness into every corner of the being it has conquered.

JOSEPHINE HART, Damage

Fear invites aggression--do not show it to a predator.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, The Butlerian Jihad

I have no remedy for fear; there grows
No herb of help to heal a coward heart.

ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE, Bothwell

The most dangerous kind of person ... is one who is afraid of his own shadow.

PHILIP K. DICK, A Scanner Darkly

Afraid? I can dodge folly without backing into fear.

REX STOUT, The Doorbell Rang

We must control fear or it will control us.

WALTER MATTHEWS, Human Life from Many Angles

He who fears not, is to be feared.

ELIZA COOK, Diamond Dust

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.

EDMUND BURKE, speech on the Petition of the Unitarians, May 11, 1792

Subjection to fear is weakness, bondage, feverish unrest. To be afraid is to have no soul that we can call our own; it is to be at the beck and call of alien powers, to be chained and driven and tormented; it is to lose the life itself in the anxious care to keep it.

HENRY VAN DYKE, "Courage," Counsels by the Way

If evils come not, then our fears are vain:
And if they do, Fear but augments the pain.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1741

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Unpopular Essays

There is a time when fear is good and ought to remain seated as a guardian of the heart.

AESCHYLUS, The Eumenides

An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.

JEAN ANOUILH, Antigone

For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true. This terror therefore and darkness of mind must be dispelled not by the rays of the sun and glittering shafts of day, but by the aspect and law of nature.

LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura

Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFON, The Angel's Game

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man's self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Freedom from Fear

Something indefinite is always worse than something definite, a strong fear that doesn't last very long is easier than one that's nebulous but doesn't go away.

STEFAN ZWEIG, The Post Office Girl

Fear has never helped anybody make good choices. It leads to clinging when we should be walking.

HARRIET LERNER, "The Top 10 Reasons Women Re-Marry The Wrong Guys", Huffington Post, July 7, 2012

Fear is a sneaky thief, stealing away precious moments of your life.

ELIZABETH LESSER, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Men are eager to tread underfoot what they have once too much feared.

LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura

Those with false fears deserve real ones.

SENECA, Oedipus

Fear the man who's feared of you.

KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's

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