This page contains some of my favourite quotes about fear, or rather quotes which relate to the emotion of fear. I have found that by reading other people’s thoughts on this negative emotion, helps me to stay positive and maintain a mind without fear. I hope that these quotes will help you to shift your mindset and to start enjoying the many benefits of positive thinking.
You may recognise some of the names.
I have listed these quotes alphabetically, using the owner’s first name.
“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” – Anonymous
"Fear isn't an excuse to come to a standstill. It's the impetus to step up and strike." - Arthur Ashe
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” - Bill Cosby
"Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them." - Brendan Francis
“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” - Coco Chanel
"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
This is one of my favourite quotes about fear.
"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
“Why are you afraid? This is where you get it out of your system: bankruptcy, unfulfilled potential, trashing your reputation, losing it all. And then (because we just can’t stop there), you’re going to apply some simple analysis to it. You may have nothing to fear after all.” - Danielle Laporte
"Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy." - Denis Waitley
"Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most." – Dostoyevsky
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - E Hubbard
"Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words" - Eileen Caddy
“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
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
This is another one of my favourite quotes about fear.
"The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you." - Elmer Davis
“Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them.” – Epictetus
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” - Francis Chan
“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
"A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation… is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run." - George Matthew Adams
“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” - Henry Ford
“Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.” - Isa Upanishad (ancient Hindu scripture)
“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” - Japanese Proverb
“I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.” - John Keats
"You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning... a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be" - Joseph Campbell
"To acknowledge the presence of fear is to give birth to failure" - Katherine Mansfield
“There is no illusion greater than fear.”- Lao Tzu
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." - Les Brown
Another great quote about fear.
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” - Mahatma Gandhi
"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom." - Mary Ferguson
"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith." - Mary Manin Morrissey
“Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing.” - Matthew J. Kirby
"A mind focused on doubt and fear cannot focus on the journey to victory." - Mike Jones
“Saw a little girl touch a big bug and shout, "I conquered my fear! YES!" and calmly walk away. I was inspired.” - Nathan Fillion
"Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse." - Norman Vincent Peale
"The key to change….is to let go of fear." - Rosanne Cash
"Where fear is, happiness is not." – Seneca
“Fear can make a moth seem the size of a bull elephant.” - Stephen Richards
“When you're scared, you stay as you are!” - Stephen Richards
“If you are in a prison of fear ... break out!” - Stephen Richards
"Do not let your fears choose your destiny." – Unknown
"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop." - Usman B. Asif
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent van Gogh
“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
“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” - W. Clement Stone
Which one is your favourite quote about fear?
Come to this page when you need reassurance. These quotes about fear will help you stay positive and there is a lot to be positive about!