88+ Best Fear Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Fear is an unpleasant emotion or thought that you have when you are frightened or worried by something dangerous, painful, or bad that is happening or might happen. Inspirational fear quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Fear Quotes

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

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. Henry Ford

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. Dale Carnegie

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

Do not be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. John Rockefeller

Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. Napoleon Hill

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

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 one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt

The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror! Joyce Meyer

Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. Judy Blume

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

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

I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back…. Erica Jong

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

Extreme fear can neither fight nor fly. William Shakespeare

Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it. Bear Grylls

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Inspirational Fear Quotes

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure; it just means you haven’t succeeded yet. Robert H. Schuller

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar

Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return. Leigh Bardugo

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

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. Babe Ruth

Fear has its use, but cowardice has none. Gandhi

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

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. C.S. Lewis

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell

Great fear is concealed under daring. Lucan

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Yoda

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Susan Jeffers

Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and runing its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run. Lauren Oliver

Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire. Dan Brown

Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I failed my way to success. Thomas Edison

Fear has its use, but cowardice has none. Mahatma Gandhi

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. William Congreve

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins. Charles Stanley

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. Sun Tzu

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

It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. Niccolo Machiavelli

Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time. Lou Brock

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt

Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts. Elizabeth I

Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them. Epictetus

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? Confucius

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

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. William Feather

What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good. Maya Angelou

I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway. Taylor Swift

Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him. George R.R. Martin

Action cures fear, inaction creates terror. Douglas Horton

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. Jiddu Krishnamurti

I don’t trust anybody. Not anybody. And the more that I care about someone, the more sure I am they’re going to get tired of me and take off. Rainbow Rowell

There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man. Patrick Rothfuss

Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit. Sarah Parish

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. Thich Nhat Hanh

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. Francis Chan

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. Veronica Roth

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

People living deeply have no fear of death. Anais Nin

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. Henry Ford

Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it. C. JoyBell C

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato

Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho

You just have to get rid of fear and confront the world. Look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘I love you and nothing will destroy you and you’re not going to fall.’ Ricky Martin

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is fear. Gandhi

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. Clara Barton

I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen

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

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity. Paulo Coelho

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful. Warren Buffett

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

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. Frank Herbert

It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. Patrick Rothfuss

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance…Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. John Lennon

Greatest Fear Quotes

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. Dale Carnegie

There is no failure except in no longer trying. Elbert Hubbard

There is no illusion greater than fear. Lao Tzu

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

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. Katherine Paterson

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

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. Henry Ford

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

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom. Mary Ferguson

We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets. Marilyn Monroe

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything? Vincent van Gogh

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. Babe Ruth

When you are afraid, do the thing you are afraid of and soon you will lose your fear of it. Norman Vincent Peale

Where fear is, happiness is not. Seneca

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

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

You miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take. Wayne Gretzky

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