I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
Henry Ward Beecher
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.
H. P. Lovecraft
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.
We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.
The sight of any trouble strikes terror into the heart of those who do not have faith, but those who trust Him say, “Here comes my food!”
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
There is a virtuous fear, which is the effect of faith; and there is a vicious fear, which is the product of doubt. The former leads to hope, as relying on God, in whom we believe; the latter inclines to despair, as not relying on God, in whom we do not believe. Persons of the one character fear to lose God; persons of the other character fear to find Him.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.
You’re afraid? So what. Everybody’s afraid. Fear is the common ground of humanity. The question you must wrestle to the ground is, ‘Will I allow my fear to bind me to mediocrity?’
The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination. If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows. We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.
A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only take a short cut to meet it.
If you sense fear in yourself, the best way to face those fears is with a healthier sense of self. You turn up the volume of what is true about you, and you listen to what God says about you. As you do, your identity will adjust.
John Hall Wheelock
Love is so great, is to be half afraid— It is like looking at the sun That blinds the eye with truth.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Men hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate with each other; they can’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.
Fear not, provided you fear; but if you fear not, then fear.
Francis de Sales
Those who love to be feared fear to be loved, and they themselves are more afraid than anyone, for whereas other men fear only them, they fear everyone.
Timothy R. Jennings
Fear impairs our judgment, paralyzes our reason and leads us down the path of selfishness.
Taken from The God-Shaped Brain by Timothy R. Jennings. ©2017 by Timothy R. Jennings. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove IL 60515-1426. www.ivpress.com
All fear stems from either ‘I am not enough’ or ‘I don’t have enough.’
Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.
Huxley feared that we would become a trivial culture. . . .
Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us.
Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.
Amusing Ourselves to Death
All fear is but the notion that God’s love ends.
One Thousand Gifts, 161.
The price of our vitality is the sum of all our fears.
I saw a study that said speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. Number two was death. This means to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.
Fear and restlessness kill more than do illnesses.
Julian Of Norwich
He did not say: You will not be troubled,
you will not be belaboured,
you will not be disquieted; but he said:
You will not be overcome.
Taking a new step, uttering, a new word, is what people fear most.
In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
Cor De Jonghe
Fear is the heartbeat of the powerless.
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
To value one another is our greatest safety, and to indulge in fear and contempt is our gravest error.
The Givenness Of Things
Fear grows in darkness; if you think there’s a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
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