It is my belief that the only power which can resist the power of fear is the power of love.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. What man's mind can create, man's character can control.
Handsome and well shaped, stout hearted, vehement, eager, cruel in war, zealous in attack, little fearing death; not revengeful but fickle, presumptuous, rash, boastful deceitful; very suspicious, especially of strangers.
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
As for me, I see no such great cause why I should either be fond to live or fear to die. I have had good experience of this world, and I know what it is to be a subject and what to be a sovereign. Good neighbours I have had, and I have met with bad: and in trust I have found treason.
The ancients dreaded death: the Christian can only fear dying.
Logic and cold reason are poor weapons to fight fear and distrust. Only faith and generosity can overcome them.
Civilization has little to fear from educated people and brain-workers. In them the replacement of religious motives for civilized behaviours by other, secular motives, would proceed unobtrusively.
The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.
The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.
To me it seems basic to the getting rid of fear to know that our trials, of whatever nature, are not motiveless. In our present stage of development we could hardly do without them. So often looking ... ugly ... they are in reality the branches by we which we catch on and climb. They are not obstacles to happiness ... Every call of duty has its place in this ideal; every irksome job, every wearisome responsibility. The fact that we are not always aware of it in no way annuls the other fact that it is so.
Death, in itself, is nothing; but we fear, To be we know not what, we know not where.
Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
Serenity comes not alone by removing the outward causes and occasions of fear, but by the discovery of inward reservoirs to draw upon.
There are two primary forces in this world, fear and faith. Fear can move you to destructiveness or sickness or failure. Only in rare instances will it motivate you to accomplishment. But faith is a greater force. Faith can drive itself into your consciousness and set you free from fear forever.
DEPENDENT, adj. Reliant upon another's generosity for the support which you are not in a position to exact from his fears.
Hold tenderly that which you cherish, for it is precious and a tight grip may crush it. Do not let the fear of dropping it cause you to hold it too tightly: the chances are, it's holding you, too.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
People kill what they fear. They burned, and drowned, and hanged those they saw as witches, the devil's servants: the wise women and the cunning men, the unfortunate, the lost and the strange
The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.
A sound of cornered-animal fear and hate and surrender and defiance ... like the last sound the treed and shot and falling animal makes as the dogs get him, when he finally doesn't care about anything but himself and his dying.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.? I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.
Although every organized religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women's lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to prevent legislative change. It is an obscenity--an all-male hierarchy, celibate or not, that presumes to rule on the lives and bodies of millions of women.
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
And they know neither sect nor idolatry, with the exception that all believe that the source of all power and goodness is in the sky, and they believe very firmly that I, with these ships and people, came from the sky, and in this belief they everywhere received me, after they had overcome their fear.
Fear can, though it is not God, create something from nothing. Porque el miedo, sin ser Dios, suele hacer algo de nada.
He is wisest, who only gives, True to himself, the best he can: Who drifting on the winds of praise, The inward monitor obeys. And with the boldness that confuses fear Takes in the crowded sail, and lets his conscience steer.
The injury that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his vengeance
Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.
The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep?
I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern.
These people are so worthless it makes me want to puke blood. I would gladly open fire on them, but if given a choice I'd rather subject them to a slower form of death. They fear me because I'm intelligent and creative. I have something better to do with my time. They are insecure
Go on, my friend, and fear nothing; you carry Caesar and his fortune in your boat.
We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
Illusion holds power over you when you are not able to remember that you are a powerful spirit that has taken on the physical experience for the purpose of learning. It has power over you when you are compelled by wants and impulses and values of your personality. It holds power over you when you fear and hate and sorrow and fester in anger or strike out in rage. It has NO power over you when you LOVE, when compassion opens your heart to others, when your creativity flows unimpeded joyously into the present moment. In other words, the illusion had no power over a personality that is fully aligned with the soul.
Sometimes I fear that, if Harvard does not give up trying to turn itself from an Institution of Learning into an Educational Institution, we may have a generation of professors whose duty it will be to disseminate information which they have not the time to acquire.
It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.
l have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking for it merely for its own sake.
Now I realize that the trees blossom in Spring and bear fruit in Summer without seeking praise; and they drop their leaves in Autumn and become naked in Winter without fearing blame.
Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.
A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.
Men despise religion; they hate it, and they fear it is true.
Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.
And I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you, Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.
But what are pity, conscience, or fear To the brazen pair, compared With the living sorcery Of their hot embraces?
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
I fear nothing so much as a man who is witty all day long.
There is nothing for the modern man or woman to fear about most cases of cancer. Nothing except delay.
He who expects men to be always as good as their beliefs, indulges a groundless hope; and he who expects men to be always as bad as their beliefs, vexes himself with a needless fear.
Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it ... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
Our civilization has fallen out of touch with night. With lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads even, will have none of it. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of stars?
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
THE THINGS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN DONE BEFORE The things that haven't been done before, Those are the things to try; Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore At the rim of the far-flung sky, And his heart was bold and his faith was strong As he ventured in dangers new, And he paid no heed to the jeering throng Or the fears of the doubting crew. The things that haven't been done before, Are the tasks worthwhile today; Are you one of the flock that follows, or Are you one that shall lead the way? Are you one of the timid souls that quail At the jeers of a doubting crew, Or dare you, whether you win or fail, Strike out for a goal that's new?
There is a burden of care in getting riches; fear in keeping them; temptation in using them; guilt in abusing them; sorrow in losing them; and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them.
RELIGION, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals of American society.
When a man marries, he has fulfilled half of the religion, so let him fear God regarding the remaining half.
With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.
It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.
Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.
No work of love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
You can not pluck roses without fear of thorns, Nor enjoy a fair wife without danger of horns.
Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.
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.
Many of our fears are tissue-paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.
Ridicule, the weapon of all others most feared by enthusiasts of every description, and which from its predominance over such minds, often checks what is absurd, and fully as often smothers that which is noble.
To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Most of the fear that spoils our life comes from attacking difficulties before we get to them.
The home is the most ordinary of institutions. It is the temple of our shelter and rest, the habituation of our hopes and our fears. It is the resort of love, the refuge of virtue, the altar of prayer. It is the school of cleanliness, the preceptor of obedience, the sanctuary of modesty. It is at once the stronghold of the ordinary and the shrine of joy.
Mind is locked in matter like the spirit Ariel in a cloven pine. Like Ariel, men struggle to escape the drag of the matter they inhabit, yet it is the spirit that they fear.
One will not go wrong if one attributes extreme actions to vanity, average ones to habit, and petty ones to fear.
Uncertainty! fell demon of our fears! The human soul that can support despair, supports not thee.
For a moment, off balance, was I annoyed? Anger is always fear, I thought, and fear is always fear of loss. Would I lose myself if he made those choices? It took a second to settle down: I'd lose nothing. They'd be his wishes, not mine, and he's free to live as he wants. The loss would come if I dared force him, tried to live for him and me as well. There'd be disaster worse than life on a bar stool.
There is no truth existing which I fear, or would wish unknown to the whole world.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
It is an open question whether any behaviour based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
The peace and joy of the Christmas season was marred by a proclamation of a general strike of all the military forces of the world. Panic reigns in the hearts of all the patriots of every persuasion. Meanwhile, fears of universal disaster sank to an all-time low over the world.
Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
He who pretends to look upon death without fear, lies
I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a 'mistake' is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.
No government can be maintained without the principle of fear as well as of duty. Good men will obey the last, but bad ones the former only.
Fear not, but trust in Providence, Wherever thou may'st be.
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.
We are kept out of the Garden by our own fear and desire in relation to what we think to be the goods of our life.
In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it. BEING CLEAR KILLS FEAR. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear, and of promiscuous misery.
Oh pilot, 't is a fearful night! There 's danger on the deep.
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.
They who talk much of destiny, their birth-star, etc., are in a lower dangerous plane, and invite the evils they fear.
LONGEVITY, n. Uncommon extension of the fear of death.
GHOST, n. The outward and visible sign of an inward fear.
Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune.
Too many of us stay walled up because we are afraid of being hurt. We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Bad men hate sin through fear of punishment; good men hate sin through their love of virtue.
Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.
It is brave to be involved To be not fearful to be unresolved.
They that worship God merely from fear, Would worship the devil too, if he appear.
Despair kinda smells like burnt hair. Sounds great, but smells lousy. Now fear ... fear you can taste! Let's see, fear kinda tastes like ... like peaches, peaches covered with fresh bone marrow
This is the essence of the transaction between storyteller and audience. The 'true' story is not the one that exists in my mind; it is certainly not the written words on the bound paper that you hold in your hands. The story in my mind is nothing but a hope; the text of the story is the tool I created in order to try to make that hope a reality. The story itself, the true story, is the one that the audience members create in their minds, guided and shaped by my text, but then transformed, elucidated, expanded, edited, and clarified by their own experience, their own desires, their own hopes and fears.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
I have too many secrets. For all these years I've been a speaker for the dead, uncovering secrets and helping people to live in the light of truth. Now I no longer tell anyone half of what I know, because if I told the whole truth there would be fear, hatred, brutality, murder, war.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
There is no power like oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears, Cicero by ... swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished; that of the other continues to this day.
An honest private man often grows cruel and abandoned when converted into an absolute prince. Give a man power of doing what he pleases with impunity, you extinguish his fear, and consequently overturn in him one of the great pillars of morality.
I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extravagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limit of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced. Extravagance! it depends on how you are yarded.
Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.
I invented this rule for myself. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side.
When I hear music I fear no danger, I am invulnerable, I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times and to the latest.
Time is ... Too slow for those who wait, Too swift for those who fear, Too long for those who grieve Too short for those who rejoice; But for those who love ... Time is Eternity!
The urge to distribute wealth equally, and still more the belief that it can be brought about by political action, is the most dangerous of all popular emotions. It is the legitimation of envy, of all the deadly sins the one which a stable society based on consensus should fear the most. The monster state is a source of many evils; but it is, above all, an engine of envy.
The only failure a man ought to fear is failure in cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and above all our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders.
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
From craving arises sorrow, from craving arises fear, but he who is freed from craving has no sorrow and certainly no fear.
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
In accumulating property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame even, we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change nor accident.
Nay, fly to altars; there they'll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
We Germans fear God, but nothing else in the world.
Everywhere we look, the world urges us to turn on the radio or TV, to make a phone call, to see a movie. Many of us fear, worry, that if left alone with our thoughts and feelings, we may discover that we do not make very good company for ourselves.
Suddenly it came to me, as a kind of new light, that I would no longer resist and struggle; I would accept the unavoidable. If it was in the nature of my disease, what else that was wise could I do? At first the torment, ravaging unrestrained, seemed even worse than before. It consumed me utterly. But I had a glimmering sense that I was at least playing a voluntary part in my own destiny; that, somehow, I was substituting reason for blind, involuntary, fear-driven resistance. This effort I continued through the greater part of one terrible night, failing often, unable to yield completely, driven by red-hot scourges into the old resistances. At dawn, in spite of the best medication the doctors knew, I was exhausted, but I began to feel that I was on the way toward what might be, for me, a new method. This I practiced faithfully and with increasing confidence for some time. I no longer resisted the inevitable! I am not sure that there was a great decrease in the actual physical suffering; I do know that the period of the paroxysm was reduced, since resistance seemed merely to prolong it. But the great reward was in the mind: in my own ability to command myself in the face of such a catastrophe; to preserve my equanimity; to rest securely upon reason when panic might so easily overwhelm me. I had moments in the midst of such paroxysms during the earlier nights when I was so secure in mind, so tranquil, that I felt it did not much matter what happened to my body. Nothing could touch me.
What if angry vectors veer Round your sleeping head, and form. There's never need to fear Violence of the poor world's abstract storm.
The fear of death keeps us from living, not from dying.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
When a teacher of the future comes to point out to the youth of America how the highest rewards of intellect and devotion can be gained, he may say to them, not by subtlety and intrigue; not by wire pulling and demagoguery; not by the arts of popularity; not by skill and shiftiness in following expediency; but by being firm in devotion to the principles of manhood and the application of morals and the courage of righteousness in the public life of our country; by being a man without guile and without fear, without selfishness, and with devotion to duty, devotion to his country.
We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.
If we are to survive the Atomic Age, we must have something to live by, to live on, and to live for. We must stand aside from the world's conspiracy of fear and hate and grasp once more the great monosyllables of life: faith, hope and love. Men must live by these if they live at all under the crushing weight of history.
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
Don't let the prophecies, ancient or modern, trap you in a box of fear and futility. Change the dance by becoming the light that you are, the light that continues through and beyond the box into the adventure of forever.
Where others fear trade and economic growth, we see opportunities for creating new wealth and undreamed-of opportunities for millions in our own land and beyond. Where others seek to throw up barriers, we seek to bring them down; where others take counsel of their fears, we follow our hopes.
Taking risks means reaching out in spite of fears and anxieties. We cannot expect our anxieties to just disappear. Only after we experience reaching out are anxieties and fears apt to diminish.
The third rule is: Whenever possible go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.
If we work upon marble, it will perish; If we work upon brass, time will efface it; If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust; But if we work upon men's immoral minds And imbue them with high principles, With the just fear of God and love of their fellow man; We engrave on those tablets something which no time can efface, And which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.
Has fear ever held a man back from anything he really wanted?
The second rule is: Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat.
If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
Christmas is here: Winds whistle shrill, Icy and chill. Little care we; Little we fear Weather without, Sheltered about The Mahogany Tree.
Try a thing you haven't tried before three times--once to get over the fear, once to find out how to do it, and a third time to find out whether you like it or not.
There were the days when you peered into your self, into the secret places of your head, and what you saw there made you fear with horror. And then, next day, you didn't know what to make of it, you couldn't interpret the horror you had glimpsed the day before. Yes, you know what evil costs.
The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all.
I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
I don't know. But I've watched them here for twenty years and I've seen the change. They used to rush through here, and it was wonderful to watch, it was the hurry of men who knew where they were going and were eager to get there. Now they're hurrying because they are afraid. It's not a purpose that drives them, it's fear. They're not going anywhere, they're escaping. And I don't think they know what it is that they want to escape. They don't look at one another. They jerk when brushed against. They smile too much, but it's an ugly kind of smiling: it's not joy, it's pleading. I don't know what it is that's happening to the world.
Perhaps the angels who fear to tread where fools rush in used to be fools who rushed in.
We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate.
The fear of some divine and supreme powers keeps men in obedience.
There is a hidden fear that somehow, if they are only given a chance, women will suddenly do as they have been done by.
Ultimately there can be no freedom for self unless it is vouchsafed for others; there can be no security where there is fear, and a democratic society presupposes confidence and candor in the relations of men with one another and eager collaboration for the larger ends of life instead of the pursuit of petty, selfish or vainglorious aims.
We must constantly build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.
No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here.
Such men as had the fear of God before them and as made some conscience of what they did ... the plain russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for and loves what he knows.
The thirst of soul is sweeter than the wine of material things, and the fear of spirit is dearer than the security of the body.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
An horrible stilness first invades our ear, And in that silence we the tempest fear.
Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared.
The thing that impresses me most about this country is its hopefulness. It is this which distinguishes it from Europe, where there is hopeless depression and fear.
There is no passion in the mind of man so weak, but it mates and masters the fear of death ... Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it.
Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes, indeed, in fear of getting burned.
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
Vast and fearsome as the human scene has become, personal contact of the right people, in the right places, at the right time, may yet have a potent and valuable part to play in the cause of peace which is in our hearts.
We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
They conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love. For love does not measure by a merchant's scales, not with a surveyor's chain. It hath a delicacy ... unknown in any handling of material substance.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most
Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
Never have anything to do with likes and dislikes. The absence of what one likes is painful, as is the presence of what one dislikes. Therefore don't take a liking to anything. To lose what one likes is hard, but there are no bonds for those who have no likes and dislikes. From preference arises sorrow, from preference arises fear, but he who is freed from preference has no sorrow and certainly no fear.
The brave and bold persist even against fortune; the timid and cowardly rush to despair though fear alone.
There are certain fundamental requisites for wise and resolute democratic leadership. It must build on hope, not on fear; on honesty, not on falsehood; on justice, not on injustice; on public tranquility, not on violence; on freedom, not on enslavement. It must weave a social fabric in which the most important strands are a devotion to truth and a commitment to righteousness. These are essential ingredients of the American way of life. They are the necessary conditions for the achievement of freedom and human progress the world over.
Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts ... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.