106+ Best Nervous Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational nervous quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Nervous Quotes

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. Charles Spurgeon

The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life. Chi Chi Rodriguez

How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. Thomas Jefferson

I think Hannah gets nervous just like any other person would. She’s like a dork, personally. She’s just really, really fun. Miley Cyrus

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. David Mamet

Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty. Jaden Smith

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. Arthur Somers Roche

But that day I was anxious. I was nervous and worried, uneasy and distracted. I paced around and never felt settled. I didn’t care for the sensation, yet I realized it was possibly a natural progression of my evolving soul, and therefore I tried my best to embrace it. Garth Stein

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. Walter Anderson

If I didn’t think, I’d be much happier; if I didn’t have any sex organs, I wouldn’t waver on the brink of nervous emotion and tears all the time. Sylvia Plath

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. Plato

If you’re not just a little bit nervous before a match, you probably don’t have the expectations of yourself that you should have. Hale Irwin”If you go to a game nervous, you make a mistake. Miguel Cabrera

You cannot always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer

Every time you go out there, you want to be a little nervous, have a little bit of butterflies in your stomach and get the juices flowing. Taryne Mowatt

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs

I get nervous around girls for the first time. Once I’m in, I can take the reins and go. It’s just the initial approach I’m really bad at. Jensen Ackles

Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.

My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out. Timothy Leary

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. Soren Kierkegaard

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. Bertrand Russell

Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

The profession of magician, is one of the most perilous and arduous specializations of the imagination. On the one hand there is the hostility of God and the police to be guarded against; on the other it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stage craft, as nervous as the manufacture of high explosives, and as delicate as the trade in narcotics. William Bolitho

Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. Jodi Picoult

I feel passionately about how I express myself. Language is the greatest motivating force. You can phrase something positively and inspire people to do their best, or negatively and make them feel worried, uncertain, and self-conscious. You can talk at a fast pace and people will get nervous, feel afraid to bring up extraneous thoughts. But those are the very thoughts that might be most important! They might represent that person’s best thinking. If you’re rushed, you’re simply not going to get at that extra level of thinking. Frances Hesselbein

Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Before I die, I want to be somebody’s favorite hiding place, the place they can put everything they know they need to survive, every secret, every solitude, every nervous prayer, and be absolutely certain I will keep it safe. I will keep it safe. Andrea Gibson

Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it just as we have learned to live with storms. Paulo Coelho

I get so nervous on stage I can’t help but talk. I try. I try telling my brain: stop sending words to the mouth. But I get nervous and turn into my grandma. Behind the eyes it’s pure fear. I find it difficult to believe I’m going to be able to On Sunday morning, I’m not nervou I can’t wait to tell what God wants me to say. Charles Stanleydeliver. Adele

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra

Rednecks always made me nervous to play, but I’m glad I wrote it and I continue to play it. It’s just that the language is so rough. Randy Newman

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. Thich Nhat Hanh

God may forgive your sins, but your nervous system won’t. Alfred Korzybski

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. Dan Millman

I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed, but never bored. Catherine Deneuve

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. George Bernard Shaw

A bad liver is to a Frenchman what a nervous breakdown is to an American. Everyone has had one and everyone wants to talk about it. Art Buchwald

It’s not time to worry yet. Harper Lee

It’s funny, I get really nervous when I audition for voice overs. Julie Benz

If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl, but by all means, keep moving. Martin Luther King, Jr

When I got to match point in the final I was afraid I’d be a little nervous, but I just said, You have to stay focused, just think about what you have to do. Gabriela Sabatini

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott

I like ties but I prefer not to wear one when I’m nervous. Jamie Oliver

My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it. Hugh Prather

I hate auditioning; it makes me more nervous than anything ever, and I always feel like I wasted my time and I could have been creating my own thing. With the Internet, you have so much freedom that ‘gatekeepers’ make me terrified. Grace Helbig

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

The weird thing is, I used to skate in front of, like, 5,000 people and I was never nervous, but the first time I got on stage, there were four people there and I vomited. Albert Hammond, Jr.

The way you tell your story to yourself matters. Amy Cuddy

I’m not big with an audience; I get very nervous. Sherilyn Fenn

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. Swedish proverb

There is still such a thing as subversive. Subversive makes hip people nervous. It’s something new that scares you in a good way. I mean, subversive to me is a compliment. Subversive is something that influences people to do something against society that they haven’t thought of before. John Waters

Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. Bryant McGill

Studies have shown that the terms girl and lady have pejorative connotations: They conjure images of someone weaker and lazier; someone more nervous, afraid, dependent, immature, and inconsiderate; someone less sexy, intelligent, and certainly less charismatic than ‘woman.’ Indeed, the term woman is overwhelmingly interpreted as more favorable and is most often used to describe adult females who deserve respect. Pat Heim

If we wanted to change the situation, we first had to change ourselves. And to change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions. Stephen Covey

Of all the creative acts performed by the artist, the most directly legible is drawing it is the act that is most directly and spontaneously governed by his nervous and muscular system. Rene Huyghe

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. Joyce Meyer

I’m always nervous doing auditions  to be honest, I hate it. I always envy the actors who are so cool and cold blooded when they go in for an audition, especially if it’s for a part that you would really love to play. Daniel Brühl

It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. Hans Selye

There were two auditions for The Social Network, one with Aaron Sorkin and one with David Fincher. I was a nervous wreck. I was like, Okay, how do I hold the paper without my hands shaking it? Armie Hammer

Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else. Fred Rogers

I’ve noticed that, while I can’t help but respect and sort of envy the moral nerve of people who truly do not care what others think of them, people like this also make me nervous, and I tend to admire them from a safe distance. David Foster

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I just don’t want to repeat the same thing over and over again, so I’m always looking for something that’s going to be challenging and make me nervous every time I start a project. Logan Lerman 

The great thing, then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy. William James

Broadly speaking, nervous women may be divided into two classes  those who are really nervous, and those who imagine themselves to be so. Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb

The knocking out of a pipe can be made almost as important as the smoking of it, especially if there are nervous people in the room. A good, smart knock of a pipe against a tin wastebasket and you will have a neurasthenic out of his chair and into the window sash in no time. Robert Benchley

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. Sydney J. Harris

I tend to get very nervous before the first races of the year. It takes you a bit of time to get into the season. Alistair Brownlee

When you feel overwhelmed, remember: A little at a time is how it gets done. One thing, one task, one moment at a time.

I’m a former skydiver, I jumped out of all kinds of things including a hot air balloon. Ironically, once I started skydiving, I felt nervous not having my rig on in case the plane went down because I wasn’t used to landing. Carlos Alazraqui

Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. Sonia Ricotti

I was shy and a hard worker, so acting was a way to focus whatever nervous energy I was experiencing onto a goal. Deborah Ann Woll

Calm mind brings inner strength and self confidence, so that’s very important for good health. Dalai Lama

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. Attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. Walter Anderson

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. Olin Miller

Present fears are less than horrible imaginings. William Shakespeare

You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer

You have dug your soul out of the dark, you have fought to be here; do not go back to what buried you. Bianca Sparacino

Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be. Jennifer Elisabeth

Everyone remembers the remark of the old man at the point of death, that his life had been full of troubles most of which had never happened. Winston Churchill

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety; after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly. Ali Ibn Abi Talib

Rule number one: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two: It’s all small stuff. Robert S. Eliot

I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear. Steve Maraboli

Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you because it will. Cheryl Strayed

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. Shannon L. Alder

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Teresa

You have dug your soul out of the dark, you have fought to be here; do not go back to what buried you. Bianca Sparacino

Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. Eckhart Tolle

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest taken between two deep breaths. Etty Hillesum

The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve. Charles Glassman

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. Henry Ward Beecher

The universe doesn’t allow perfection. Stephen Hawking

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Steven Hayes

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety. Aesop

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Worry in the dark can make it even darker. Camron Wright

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. Steve Maraboli

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light. Madeleine L’Engle

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. Grenville Kleiser

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature. Henry David Thoreau

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs

What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow? Thomas á Kempis

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world not even our troubles. Charlie Chaplin

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Teresa

When you walk through a storm hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark/At the end of the storm is a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of a lark. Oscar Hammerstein II

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. T.S. Eliot

For fast acting relief, try slowing down. Lily Tomlin

Actually spending ten minutes clearing off one shelf is better than fantasizing about spending a weekend cleaning out the basement. Gretchen Rubin

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. Grenville Kleiser

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

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint Exupery

Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. Roy Bennett

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell

Just because I can’t explain the feelings causing my anxiety doesn’t make them less valid. Lauren Elizabeth

Our stresses, anxieties, pains and problems arise because we do not see the world, others or even ourselves as worthy of love. Prem Prakash

The universe doesn’t allow perfection. Stephen Hawking