135 Fear Quotes

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Here are 135 of the best fear quotes I could find. And my goal is simple: to inspire you and make you more courageous (fast). Enjoy!

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Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato Click to tweet

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Your mission: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret or fear. Karen Salmansohn Click to tweet

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Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift. Dante Alighieri Click to tweet

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Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Suzy Kassem Click to tweet

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Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt Click to tweet

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Without darkness nothing comes to birth, as without light nothing flowers. May Sarton Click to tweet

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Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there. Chuck Palahniuk Click to tweet

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Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom. Marilyn Ferguson Click to tweet

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

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He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle Click to tweet

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Your mind is small, but your heart is big. Your mind is afraid but your heart is full of love. Maxime Lagacé

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What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears. Alice Walker

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

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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

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If you want to cure the world, don’t emanate fear, emanate love. Ram Dass

Related quote topics: hope, failure, pain

The Best Fear Quotes

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The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Swami Vivekananda

Fools reject reality and expect things to be different. The wise accept reality and expect the unexpected. Maxime Lagacé

Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind – compassion opens it. Dalai Lama

Cease to hope and you will cease to fear. Hecato

A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears. Michel de Montaigne

I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest. John Keats

Fear is temporary. Regret is forever. Unknown

They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn. Seneca

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We suffer more in imagination than in reality. Seneca

Being scared is part of being alive. Accept it. Walk through it. Robin Sharma

The fears we don’t face becomes our limits. Robin Sharma Click to tweet

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

Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small. Ruth Gendler

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. Oscar Wilde

Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live. Robert Greene

Observe yourself. See how you push away unpleasant thoughts, delay important decisions, postpone difficult conversations and avoid hard tasks. Observe how you avoid discomfort and take refuge in comforting distractions. Self observation is the beginning of self transformation. @TheAncientSage

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If I had just a little bit of wisdom I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it. Lao Tzu

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius

There can be no initiative if one has fear, and fear compels us to cling to tradition, gurus, etc. Bruce Lee

Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter. D. L. Moody

For life to be really fun, what you fear should line up with what you desire. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. Benjamin Franklin

What Is Fear?

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Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. Pema Chödrön Click to tweet

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle

FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fear itself is a creation of your mind. It does not exist independently. Since it is a fabrication, you don’t have to fight it. Just understand it. Understanding is the key to freedom. @TheAncientSage

Fear is the enemy of logic. Frank Sinatra

Fear is a friend of exceptional people. Cus D’Amato Click to tweet

Part 2. Fear Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Fear Quotes

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Searching for a famous fear quote? Check out those by Seneca, Emerson, Einstein, Gandhi, etc.
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Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John D. Rockefeller Click to tweet

I love the name of honor, more than I fear death. Julius Caesar

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. Albert Einstein

Instead of harboring fear and suspicion we need to think of other people not as ‘them’ but ‘us’. Dalai Lama

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth

He who indulges in empty fears earns himself real fears. Seneca

Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later. Bane (Batman)

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

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. Bruce Lee

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

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Limits, like fear, is often an illusion. Michael Jordan

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. W. Clement Stone Click to tweet

Extreme fear can neither fight nor fly. William Shakespeare

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful. Mary Shelley (Frankenstein)

Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King Jr

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. Rosa Parks

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

Do that which you fear to do and the fear will die. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better. Stephen King

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A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’m afraid of widths. Steven Wright Click to tweet

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. John F. Kennedy

Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of people walking on it. Robert F. Kennedy

I steer my bark with hope in the head, leaving fear astern. My hopes indeed sometimes fail, but not oftener than the forebodings of the gloomy. Thomas Jefferson

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen. Michelle Obama

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. Alexander the Great

It is weakness which breeds fear, and fear breeds distrust. Mahatma Gandhi

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

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. Salvador Dali

Short Fear Quotes

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One-liners, short fear quotes, thoughts, sayings and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. Lady Bird Johnson Click to tweet

Move towards what scares you. Tom Bilyeu

Fear is serious. Love is playful. Maxime Lagacé

Being scared is fine. Not taking action is not. Maxime Lagacé

There is no illusion greater than fear. Lao Tzu

Some things are in our control and others not. Epictetus

There is no truth in a fear-based culture. Tyler Winklevoss (twitter.com)

A fighter has to know fear. Cus D’Amato

Fear is a mile high, a mile wide, and paper thin. Unknown

Fear does not stop death. It stops life. Vi Keeland

I’m intimidated by the fear of being average. Taylor Swift

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Fear is only as deep as the mind allows. Japanese proverb

Do what you fear and fear disappears. David Joseph Schwartz

Don’t let your heart be colonized by fear. Jack Kornfield

Of all the hazards, fear is the worst. Sam Snead (Professional golfer)

Fear kills growth. Gary Vaynerchuk

Always do what you’re afraid to do. E. Lockhart Click to tweet

Laughter is poison to fear. George R.R. Martin (Game Of Thrones)

Fear cuts deeper than swords. George R.R. Martin

Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing. Emma Donoghue

How very little can be done under the spirit of fear. Florence Nightingale

Don’t fear, just live right. Neal A. Maxwell

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Inspirational Fear Quotes

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Only when we accept fear will we have freedom. Shane Parrish

Choose hard, not easy. Choose creating, not consuming. Choose focus, not distractions. Choose love, not fear. Maxime Lagacé

The only thing you care about when you’re afraid is results. The only thing you care about when you’re calm is doing the right thing. Maxime Lagacé

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. Dale Carnegie Click to tweet

Action eliminates fear. Headphone up and get shit done. Tom Bilyeu (Related quote topic: motivation)

Your choices define you. Don’t let fear be your definition. Tom Bilyeu

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. Tony Robbins

You become wealthy when you stop trying to look rich. You become educated when you stop trying to look smart. You become calm when you stop trying to avoid fear. Maxime Lagacé

Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I’ll be mad. Rumi

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Danger is very real. But fear is a choice. Will Smith Click to tweet

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. Frank Herbert

You gotta act. And you’ve gotta be willing to fail, you gotta be ready to crash and burn, with people on the phone, with starting a company, with whatever. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far. Steve Jobs

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Susan Jeffers

Face your fears, pursue your ambitions, and become the hero you are destined to be. Josh Kaufman

Two elements must therefore be rooted out once for all, – the fear of future suffering, and the recollection of past suffering; since the latter no longer concerns me, and the former concerns me not yet. Seneca

Confidence comes from being vulnerable, not by shielding yourself. It is a function of exposure. The more you are exposed to challenges, the more you grow. To grow in confidence, you must first be open to embarrassment. Get your feet wet, there is no other way. @TheAncientSage

My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it… but love it. Friedrich Nietzsche (More about “amor fati” or “love of fate” in this YouTube video)

The beautiful thing about fear is, when you run to it, it runs away. Robin Sharma

Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person. Seth Godin

It’s not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share. Pema Chödrön

Fear is your friend. It is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldn’t do, more often than not it shows you what you should do. Tim Ferriss

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Sometimes, what we fear the most is what we most need to do. Tim Ferriss

Run after your fears. Chase them. Make them shake. And dread the day you gained enough confidence to realize they were full of shit. Thibaut

All the power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Swami Vivekananda Click to tweet

It’s believing in our dreams and facing our fears head on that allows us to live our lives beyond limits. Amy Purdy

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. Don Miguel Ruiz

Your largest fear carries your greatest growth. Unknown

Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart. Paulo Coelho

If you’re are paralyzed with fear it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do. Steven Pressfield

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. Seneca

Related quote topics: positive, stoic, success

Part 3. Conclusion

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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 is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not 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 is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Marianne Williamson Click to tweet

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. Bene Gesserit

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Hope you enjoyed these fear quotes and that you’ll eventually take more calculated risks. After all, once you understand yourself and fear better, you’ll certainly find all the courage you need to succeed. Now, if you did like the quotes, please share them with a friend today!

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Creation Date

January 17, 2019

Last Update

July 15, 2021

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  1. Great site Maxime. I was also searching for an observation or saying that came to my mind, assuming that it had already been attributed to someone. I think of “fear” from a very broad sense – not just the internal fear associated with an individual action or inaction, but also the external fear of the inevitable that can’t be controlled. In short, if you fear and focus too much on the inevitable tomorrow, you will not absorb life today. I’m still be very surprised that this very simple saying that covers the broad nature of fear hasn’t already been quoted. Here is my observation:

    “If you live your life in fear, life will pass you by”

    1. Hi Dale,
      thanks for your comment.
      I’ve searched for the quote you’re referring to but the closest I’ve got is this one from Tecumseh:
      “Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.”

  2. I came on here to check if anyone had said this before me, so I guess I am it’s author.

    Fear is the enemy. Humanity is the answer.

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