35 Revealing Quotes About Fear

Fear, the number one thing that stops most people from living the life of their dreams. Imagine how life would be if you were able to courageously go after the things you really want in life. These quotes about fear will hopefully help you see that fear, the thing that stops most of us, is self created. Most of the fears we have about what may happen end up not happening.

Fear isn’t something to eliminate. That feeling, at least for the vast majority of us, will always be present and can take all sorts of forms (failure, embarrassment, loss, etc.) but taking action despite of fear is a choice. Let your dreams be bigger than the avoidance of what you think might happen if things go wrong. May these fear quotes give the courage to break through the things that continue to stop you from pursuing what you want.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

– Les Brown


“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 block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”

– Mary Manin Morrissey


“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.”

– Unknown


“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Facing your fears robs them of their power.”

– Mark Burnett


“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


“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

– Bill Cosby


“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


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

– Francis Chan


“Somebody should tell us right at the start of our lives that we are dying. Then we might live to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”

– Michael Landon


“Is it useful to feel fear, because it prepares you for nasty events, or is it useless, because nasty events will occur whether you are frightened or not?”

– Lemony Snicket


“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.”

– Dan Brown


“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


“It’s all right to be afraid. You just don’t let it stop you from doing your job.”

– Jim Butcher


“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

– Paulo Coelho


“Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.”

– Donald Miller


“Do not let your fears choose your destiny.”

– Unknown


“Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike.”

– Arthur Ashe


“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

– Meg Cabot


“It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.”

– Francis Bacon


“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


“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt


“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“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.


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”

– E Hubbard


“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


“Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse.”

– Norman Vincent Peale


“All that ever holds somebody back, I think, is fear. For a minute I had fear. [Then] I went into the [dressing] room and shot my fear in the face.”

– Lady Gaga


“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

– Frederick Buechner


“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


“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”

– Aristotle


“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”

– Japanese Proverb


“Waiting to develop courage is just another form of procrastination. The most successful people take action while they’re afraid!”

– Unknown‎


“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

– Michael Jordan


“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”

– Cypher Raige (Character from, “After Earth” played by Will Smith)

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