Fear Quotes

There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational

Friday, October 21st, 2011
a slice of lemon meringue pie

But if they were afraid of lemon meringue pie, this would be an irrational fear, because lemon meringue pie is delicious and has never hurt a soul. Being afraid of a monster under the bed is perfectly rational, because there may in fact be a monster under your bed at any time, ready to eat you all up, but a fear…

[Read more]

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Friday, March 4th, 2011

This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure, as it has endured, will…

[Read more]

Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate…

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

[Read more]

You must do the thing you think you cannot do

Friday, May 14th, 2010
climbing to the top

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you…

[Read more]

Can it be right to give what I can give?

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Venitian glass

To let thee sit beneath the fall of tears
As salt as mine, and hear the sighing years
Re-sighing on my lips renunciative
Through those infrequent smiles which fail to live…

[Read more]

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we have learned here.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
holding hands with a baby

The spiritual journey is the relinquishment – or unlearning – of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our…

[Read more]

The truth is the thing I invented so I could live

Monday, December 28th, 2009

There was a noise behind me. A creak. This time I didn’t turn. I squeezed my eyes shut. Isaac, I whispered. The sound of my own voice frightened me, but I didn’t stop. I want to tell you – and then I broke off. What do I want to…

[Read more]

What do you fear, Lady?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
woman and cage

But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not…

[Read more]

Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.
Don’t try to see through the distance.
That’s not for human beings. Move within…

[Read more]

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
The Scream, by Edvard Munch

This disaster of the Cherokees, brought to me by a sad friend to blacken my days and nights! I can do nothing; why shriek? Why strike ineffectual blows? I stir in it for the sad reason that no other mortal will move, and if I do not…

[Read more]

I will not let fear or anger beat me. I will win.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
figure skates

Silence. I can hear the rustle of clothing and paper, a cough here and a sniffle there, as the crowd settles.

I am terrified, but I responded to fear as a challenge, the same way I use anger as a challenge – anger at my Mom…

[Read more]

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable.

Friday, April 24th, 2009
pink and white tulips

Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your…

[Read more]