Fear Quotes

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Obstacles are like wild animals.  They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.  If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.

Orison Swett Marden

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Frank Herbert

Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety.

Henry H. Tweedy

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.

Titus Lucretius Carus

Fear always springs from ignorance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

There would be no one to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.


Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

Ruth E. Renkel

Our fears are more numerous than our dangers, and we suffer more in our imagination than in reality.


To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.

Francis Bacon

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.

Mark Twain

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

When the mind has once begun to yield to the weakness of superstition, trifles impress it with the force of conviction.

Ann Radcliffe

Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie

Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.

Ruth Gendler

There is a great beauty in going through life fearlessly. Half our fears are baseless - the other half discreditable.

Christian Nestell Bovee

Fear is excitement without breath. 

Robert Heller

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.

Anais Nin

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

Edmund Burke

Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.

Arnold H. Glasgow

I've grown certain that the root of all fear is that we've been forced to deny who we are.

Francis Moore Lappe

The fears you don’t face control you. The fears you face, you move beyond.

Wayne Dyer

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living
In better conditions.

Hafiz of Persia

The most painful and debilitating fear is fear of the unknown.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.


Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.  

Brendan Francis

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

Joseph Campbell

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear cannot take what you do not give it.

Christopher Coan

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A Seeker's Thoughts on Fear

However one shouldn't let ones fears become ones master. It should be a servant that reminds you of the dynamic nature of life and nature. From this you can expand in the fearlessness, or perpetual courage in the face of all fear-causing objects.

Read this chapter below from one of iPerceptive's original works: Immersed

On Fear and Pain

What a jump!

From music and the arts to fear and pain!

Initially I hadn’t planned mentioning fear and pain as a means of direct experience, and in reality perhaps you are just as surprised as me by the title of this sixth path of direct experience. However that being said, through pains and fears, mostly physical, one can come to a deeper understanding of oneself and ones own existential situation.

The immediacy of fear and pain compels one to be present in the moment, one cannot so easily be distracted by everyday thoughts that one typically walks around with when something pressing seizes your attention.

Understood from a deeper perspective, the reason why fear and pain compels the subjective experience to direct experience is mainly because the felt imminence of death.

From a philosophical and/or spiritual standpoint, death is a powerful idea to contemplate. Death means the end of the physical organism and perhaps also the psychological sense of I. I say perhaps because I can certainly see the possibility of an “ecology of souls” before and after a sentient physical being dies. Most people aren’t completely unfamiliar with this concept, though it may have been expressed in different ways, such as reincarnation or the transmigration of souls.

Nonetheless the felt imminence of death has a peculiar tendency of making us appreciate each moment more carefully and thoroughly. Perhaps it is precisely because of this refocusing into direct experience, where death becomes so powerful in making us humble and grateful.

That being said, before we move onwards something has to be made very clear, in no way shape or form am I trying preach the conscious infliction of pain on yourself, oh most certainly not.

Rather what I’m putting forward is the understanding that when the body is under distress, that distress inevitably brings our attention to the present moment. Moreover I also recommend you to be consciously present when fear or pain appears in your life.

In doing so, what are typically seen as misfortunes or hardships can now be seen as opportunities from which you can grow. If this isn’t one of the greatest discoveries I for the life of me don’t know what is.

In other words try to intuitively understand and use your fears and pain, especially bodily pains, as a means of understanding the difference between direct and indirect experience.

Pain and fear are instantaneous and immediate happenings in your consciousness, use them well and wisely to grow into direct experience.

Whether it is an illness or an accident, grow!

(excerpt from Immersed: 12 Paths to Direct Experience)