Fear Quotes (141) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat that causes animals to move quickly away from the location of the perceived threat, and sometimes hide. Additionally, fear is frequently related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that
something else is more important than fear.” 
― Ambrose Redmoon 

“Fear of the Name increases fear of the thing its self.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 

“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” 
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist 

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” 
― Marie Curie 

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” 
― Aristotle 

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” 
― Paulo Coelho 

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi 

“If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.” 
― Deepak Chopra, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore 

“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” 
― Anthony Robbins 

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” 
― Plato 

“Fear can only grow in darkness. Once you face fear with light, you win.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 

“The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not to stop your progress.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 

“Surrender to your fear so you may triumph over it.” 
― Simon Holt, The Devouring 

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.” 
― Herman Melville 

“Because we didn't come with a users manual there are no rules on the roles we give fear. Fear has the role we give it. We are able to empower or poison ourselves to whatever degree we want. This is the beauty of our design.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 

“That's the thing about fear. Death will kill you once, but fear kills you over and over and over, if you let it.” 
― Marcus Allen 

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” 
― Jack Canfield 

“The greatest enemy to fear is truth.” 
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 

If you knew who walks beside you on this path that you have chosen, fear would be impossible.
― A Course in Miracles

There is no such thing as an idle thought. All thought creates form on some level. Every thought leads to either love or fear.
― A Course in Miracles

Overcoming fear and worry can be accomplished by living a day at a time or even a moment at a time. Your worries will be cut down to nothing.
― Robert Anthony

Come to the edge. We can’t. We’re afraid. Come to the edge. We can’t. We’ll fall! Come to the edge. And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.
― Guillaume Apollinaire

The worst lies are the lies we tell ourselves. We live in denial of what we do, even what we think. We do this because we're afraid. We fear we will not find love, and when we find it we fear we'll lose it. We fear that if we do not have love we will be unhappy.
― Richard Bach

While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love.
― Bo Bennett

A fruit is not afraid of its own weight. It grows into its skin fully. It is whole, each part of its body equally alive. 
― Gayle Brandeis

Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.
― Adele Brookman

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
― Les Brown

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. 
― Buddha

Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
― David M. Burns

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism…confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
― David M. Burns

Be afraid of nothing. You have within you all wisdom, all power, all strength, all understanding.
― Eileen Caddy

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
― Joseph Campbell

Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.
― Dale Carnegie

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
― Dale Carnegie

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
― Dale Carnegie

Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.
― Tao Te Ching

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.
― Pema Chodron

The cause of poverty is not scarcity. It is fear and small thinking.
― Alan Cohen

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
― Madame Curie

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.
― Belva Davis

Fear is a greater evil than evil itself.
― St. Francis de Sales

Death is nothing to fear. It is only another dimension.
― Wayne Dyer

The most important thing is that you love what you are doing, and the second that you are not afraid of where your next idea will lead.
― Charles Eames

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
― Amelia Earhart

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
― George Eliot

Always do what you are afraid to do.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, Always do what you are afraid to do.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
― Sven Goran Eriksson

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.
― Marilyn Ferguson

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.
― Debbi Fields

You can't be afraid of stepping on toes if you want to go dancing.
― Lewis Freedman

Love is an act of courage, not of fear.
― Paolo Freire

I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
― Galileo

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.
― John W. Gardner

Maybe as times get worse we get better. Our pain makes us feel other people’s too; our fear lets us practice valor; we are tense, and tender as well. And among the things we can no longer afford are things we never really wanted anyway…
― Nancy Gibbs

Write about what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
― Natalie Goldberg

We all need to look into the dark side of our nature- that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.
― Sue Grafton

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation.
― Graham Greene

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.
― Hafiz

Don’t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That’s where the joy and the adventure lie.
― Herbie Hancock 

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
― Eric Hoffer

Go on with a spirit that fears nothing!
― Homer

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. 
― Elbert Hubbard

We invent what we love and what we fear.
― John Irving

Never take counsel of your fears.
― Andrew Jackson

Love is letting go of fear.
― Gerald Jampolsky

Feel the fear and do it anyway.
― Susan Jeffers

We cannot escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures…
― Susan Jeffers

I am not afraid…I was born to do this.
― Joan of Ark

Fear is the reason for making art. It is a means to freedom.
― Ilya Kabakov

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will have to admit that we live out our lives in an ocean of fear.
― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
― Helen Keller

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
― Billie Jean King

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?
― Jack Kornfield

Fear is what prevents the flowering of the mind.
― Krishnamurti

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear – that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
― Krishnamurti

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.
― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
― Edwin Land

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
― Audre Lorde

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
― Nelson Mandela

All changes, even positive ones, are scary. Attempts to reach goals through radical or revolutionary means often fail because they heighten fear. But the small steps of kaizen disarm the brain’s fear response, stimulating rational thought and creative play.
― Robert Maurer

In grief we know the worst of what we feel but who can tell the end of what we fear?
― Hannah More

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
― Jim Morrison

You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.
― Mary Manin Morrissey

Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?
― Caroline Myss

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
― Isaac Newton

I must be a mermaid...I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
― Anais Nin

People living deeply have no fear of death.
― Anais Nin

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
― Ben Okri

To hate and to fear is to be psychologically ill. It is, in fact, the consuming illness of our time.
― H. A. Overstreet

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
― Joseph Pearce

Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the making of action in spite of fear.
― M. Scott Peck

Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
― Michael Pritchard

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.
― Proverb

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.
― Swedish proverb

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
― Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared.
― Eddie Rickenbacker

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.
― Anthony Robbins

You gain strength, courage, and confidence in every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.
― Miguel Ángel Ruiz

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
― Bertrand Russell

Fear is a greater evil than the evil itself.
― Saint Francis de Sales

What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death.
― Saint Francis of Assisi

If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.
― Robert H. Schuller

We are often more frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
― Seneca 

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
― Merle Shain

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
― William Shakespeare

Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
― William Shakespeare

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
― Sydney Smith

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
― Robert Louis Stevenson

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
― W. Clement Stone

Everybody's frightened a bit. But how many of us just go through the fear and do it anyway?
― Barbra Streisand

Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.
― Mother Teresa

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
― Dorothy Thompson

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
― Virgil Thomson

Fear makes us feel small and uncertain, uncomfortable and separate. Fearlessness expands and creates possibilities.
― Helena Tiainen

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
― Mark Twain

I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
― Mark Twain

FEAR is an acronym in the English language for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’.
― Neale Donald Walsch

The laws are very simple: thought is creative; fear attracts like energy; love is all there is.
― Neale Donald Walsch

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
― William Allen White

We no longer vibrate to fear when we're attuned to love.
― Frank Whitney

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.
― Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
― Marianne Williamson

You will fear the darkness only to the extent that you yourself are not providing light.
― Marianne Williamson

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
― Oprah Winfrey

I don't think that there is anything that is really magical unless it has a terrifying quality.
― Andrew Wyeth

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