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A fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
Fear is the parent of cruelty.
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
Once men are caught up in an event they cease to be afraid. Only the unknown frightens men.
People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
Fear is not an unknown emotion to us.
So let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a perennial loser.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. Thus a feeling of utter unworthiness can be a source of courage.
Where no hope is left, is left no fear.
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
Men hesitate less to injure a man who makes himself loved than to injure one who makes himself feared, for their love is held by a chain of obligation which, because of men's wickedness, is broken on every occasion for the sake of selfish profit; but their fear is secured by a dread of punishment.
I, a stranger and afraid In a world I never made.
Fear has a smell, as Love does.
Fear can be headier than whisky, once man has acquired a taste for it.
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.
How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by the spectral throat?
In grief we know the worst of what we feel, But who can tell the end of what we fear?
The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
I would often be a coward, but for the shame of it.
Horror is a feeling that cannot last long; human nature is incapable of supporting it.
The horse does abominate the camel; the mighty elephant is afraid of a mouse; and they say that the lion, which scorneth to turn his back upon the stoutest animal, will tremble at the crowing of a cock.
The flocks fear the wolf, the crops the storm, and the trees the wind.
We all choke, and the man who says he doesn't choke is lying like hell.
A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he's never been any place or done anything.
All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
Only the self-deceived will claim perfect freedom from fear.
Every day I wake up a little afraid. Only a fool is never afraid.
This is the century of fear.
There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
Fear, true fear, is a savage frenzy. Of all the insanities of which we are capable, it is surely the most cruel.
Fear is the fire that melts Icarian wings.
There seemed to be endless obstacles-it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear.
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness; aggressiveness engenders hostility; hostility engenders fear-a disastrous circle.
A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies.
Great self-destruction follows upon unfounded fear.
Fear is the most devastating of all human emotions. Man has no trouble like the paralyzing effects of fear.
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
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.
The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
The thing I fear most is fear.
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
Nothing is terrible except fear itself.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
There is no devil but fear.
Men who look young, act young, and everlastingly harp on the fact that they are young-but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution what would be excessive in their grandfathers-are the curses of the world.
There's nothing I'm afraid of like scared people.
God! Is there anything uglier than a frightened man!
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
Of all the passions, fear weakens judgment most.
All forms of fear produce fatigue.
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
When men are ruled by fear, they strive to prevent the very changes that will abate it.
Fear, if allowed free rein, would reduce all of us to trembling shadows of men, for whom only death could bring release.
If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.
When fear is excessive it can make many a man despair.
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
One of the effects of fear is to disturb the senses and cause things to appear other than what they are.
What begins in fear usually ends in folly.
In doubt, fear is the worst of prophets.
Fear is the most damnable, damaging thing to human personality in the whole world.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.
Fear is like fire. If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled, it will rise up and destroy you. Men's actions depend to a great extent upon fear. We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them.
To hate and to fear is to be psychologically ill... it is, in fact, the consuming illness of our time.
Fear is an acid which is pumped into one's atmosphere. It causes mental, moral and spiritual asphyxiation, and sometimes death; death to energy and all growth.
Fear is the proof of a degenerate mind.
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.
A man who is afraid will do anything.
Excessive fear is always powerless.
Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
O, how vain and vile a passion is this fear! What base, uncomely things it makes men do.
The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is. Accept that it's unknown, and it's plain sailing.
No passion so effectively robs the mind of its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
As many people die from an excess of timidity as from bravery.
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.
If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
There is nothing that fear or hope does not make men believe.
Fear is the prison of the heart.
I have come to realize that all my trouble with living has come from fear and smallness within me.
He who fears something gives it power over him.
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
All fear is bondage.
We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
There seemed to be endless obstacles ... it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear.
No power is strong enough to be lasting if it labors under the weight of fear.
Where fear is, happiness is not.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
We're frightened of what makes us different.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
We are always afraid to start something that we want to make very good, true, and serious.
The craven's fear is but selfishness, like his merriment.
When did reason ever direct our desires or our fears?
Fear is created not by the world around us, but in the mind, by what we think is going to happen.
Fear is secured by a dread of punishment.
We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness ... for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush.
If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so, too.
We fear the thing we want the most.
We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
Fear, born of that stern matron, Responsibility.
Only your mind can produce fear.
Fear follows crime, and is its punishment.
All infractions of love and equity in our social relations are ... punished by fear.
The only thing we have to fear on this planet is man.
There is nothing in the universe that I fear, but that I shall not know all my duty or fail to do it.
I can stand what I know. It's what I don't know that frightens me.
I am never afraid of what I know.
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
Let us not fear the hidden. Or each other.
We all fear what we don't know-it's natural.
Fear always springs from ignorance.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.


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