31 Quotes About Fear

Don’t let the things you are afraid of—failure, change, adversity, the unknown—stop you from going after the things you want most. Instead, find the courage to do what scares you. Face your fears, and you’ll uncover new and great opportunities. And it will feel good.

We’re sharing with you 31 quotes about fear—confronting it, understanding it, overcoming it, using it. Let these words encourage you to be brave and aim high. You are stronger than you think.

“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

1. 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

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

2. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

“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

3. “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

“Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious to even fail.” – Bruce Lee

4. “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious to even fail.” – Bruce Lee

“It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it.” – Emma Watson

5. “It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it.” – Emma Watson

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

6. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” – Oprah Winfrey

7. “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

8. “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” – Napoleon Hill      

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

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

“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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” – Eleanor Roosevelt

10. “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 lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.” – Brendan Francis

11. “Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.” – Brendan Francis

“Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.” – William Shakespeare

12. “Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.” – William Shakespeare

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

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

“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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

14. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“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

15. “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

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

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

“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

17. “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

“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

18. “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

“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

19. “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 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

20. “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

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling

21. “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

22. “Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

23. “Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear." – Oprah Winfrey

24. “I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” – Oprah Winfrey

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

25. “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

26. “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

27. “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth

“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.”  – Orison Swett Marden
“Great fear is concealed under daring.” – Lucan

29. “Great fear is concealed under daring.” – Lucan

"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

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

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

Related: 10 Ways to Cultivate Fearlessness

This article was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated for freshness.

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1 Comment

  1. Lu Ram on November 17, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Nice! Very inspirational, make you think. I like the way you sound, Thank you for sharing your know how and live long and prosper!

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