111 QUOTES TO EMPOWER YOU TO OVERCOME FEARS

  1. “Many are harmed by fear itself, and many have come to their fate while dreading fear.”

(Seneca)

 

  1. “There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

What I advise you to do is, not to be unhappy before the crisis comes; since it may be that the dangers before which you paled as if they were threatening you, will never come upon you; they certainly have not yet come

It is likely that some troubles will befall us; but it is not a present fact. How often has the unexpected happened! How often has the expected never come to pass!

Even bad fortune is fickle. Perhaps it will come, perhaps not; in the meantime it is not. So look forward to better things.”

(Letters from a Stoic, Letter 13 “On groundless fears,” Seneca)

 

  1. “To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to another is to risk involvement,

To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return,

To live is to risk dying,

To hope is to risk despair,

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest   hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow,

But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.

Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

The pessimist complains about the wind;

The optimist expects it to change;

And the realist adjusts the sails.”

(William Arthur ward)

 

  1. “Nostalgia is when you want things to stay the same. I know so many people staying in the same place. And I think, my God, look at them! They’re dead before they die. That’s a terrible risk. Living is risking.”

(Jeanne Moreau)

 

  1. “He who does not fear death dies only once“

(Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate who sacrificed his life fighting against Mafia)

 

  1. “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

(Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet)

 

  1. “We suffer most often in imagination than in reality.”

(Seneca the Younger)

 

  1. “Boxing is a sport of self-control. You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you: it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you are in the dark, and produce energy. Let it go out of control and it can hurt you, even kill you… Fear is a friend of exceptional people.”

(Cus D’Amato, American boxing manager and trainer who handled the careers of Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres, all of which became members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame)

 

  1. “You have comfort. You don’t have luxury. And don’t tell me that money plays a part. The luxury I advocate has nothing to do with money. It cannot be bought. It is the reward of those who have NO Fear or Discomfort.”

(Jean Cocteau)

 

  1. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”

(Robert Kiyosaki)

 

 

  1. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

(Grace Hopper)

 

  1. “By replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity we open ourselves up to an infinite stream of possibility. We can let fear rule our lives or we can become childlike with curiosity, pushing our boundaries, leaping out of our comfort zones, and accepting what life puts before us.”

(Alan Watts)

 

  1. “F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.”

(Zig Ziglar)

 

  1. “Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or may not come later. It may then be a valuable delusion.”

(Richard Diebenkorn)

 

  1. “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid. ”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

  1. “While we were in our mother’s womb, we didn’t have to fear, control, stress over and worry about what color our eyes were going to be or how our organs were going to develop. We simply surrendered and trusted that everything was being taken cared for us. We trusted the wisdom of life and we trusted ourselves. But as we grew older, constantly hearing that the world around us was a fearful and hostile place, and being exposed to painful and unhappy experiences and circumstances, we slowly but surely began to drift away from that trust. We forgot about our true nature and we began to think that we were all alone and helpless.”

(Luminita D. Saviuc, 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy)

 

  1. “Everybody feels fear when approaching something totally new in life—yet so many are out there doing it despite the fear—then we must conclude that fear is not the problem.”

(Susan Jeffer, Psychologist and author)

 

  1. “I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”

(Oprah Winfrey)

 

  1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

(Martin Luther King, Jr. )

 

  1. “Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness”

(Robin Sharma, The Monk who sold his Ferrari)

 

 

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

(Elbert Hubbard)

 

  1. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
  2. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

(Anais Nin)

 

  1. “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair… or go into business. You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.”

(Annie Dillard)

 

  1. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”

(Corazon Aquino)

 

  1. “Fear is the most powerful of all thoughts with one exception, and that one exception is faith.”

(Vincent Peale, The power of positive thinking)

 

  1. “Don’t call it uncertainty—call it wonder. Don’t call it insecurity—call it freedom.”

(Osho)

 

  1. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.”

(Eloise Ristad)

 

  1. “One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”

(Henry Ford)

 

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

(Helen Keller)

 

 

  1. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

(Muhammad Ali, gold medallist boxer)

 

  1. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

(Nelson Mandela)

 

  1. “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”

(Dale Carnegie)

 

  1. “Think of all the joy you’ll find, when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye. You can fly.”

(Peter Pan)

 

  1. “There is no greater illusion than fear.”

(Lao Tzu)

 

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

(Francis Chan)

 

  1. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

(Mark Zuckerberg)

 

  1. “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

(Oprah Winfrey)

 

  1. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?”

(Robert Schuller)

 

  1. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.”

(Mark Twain)

 

 

  1. “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs–even though checkered by failure–than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

(Theodore Roosevelt)

 

  1. “Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.”

(Germaine Greer)

 

  1. “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

(Jack Canfield)

 

  1. “When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we’re given.”

(Barbara Sher)

 

  1. “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk–and to act.”

(Andre Malraux)

 

  1. “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

  1. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

(Aristotle)

 

  1. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

(Eleanor Roosevelt)

 

 

  1. “The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”

(Leo F. Buscaglia)

 

  1. “You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together.”

(Earl Nightingale)

 

 

  1. “You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.”

(Judith McNaught)

 

 

  1. “If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.”

(Mario Andretti)

 

  1. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

(Andre Gide)

 

  1. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

(Jim Rohn)

 

  1. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

(Peter F. Drucker)

 

  1. “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.”

(JP Morgan)

 

  1. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”

(Jeff Bezos)

 

“Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: Spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

  1. “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

(Benjamin Franklin)

 

  1. “The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.”

(Seneca)

 

 

  1. “Too many men are afraid of being fools.”

(Henry Ford)

 

  1. “I think it’s my job to risk looking foolish. One of the things I’ve learned from the actors I’ve worked with is you don’t get something for nothing. If you don’t risk looking foolish, you’ll never do anything special.”

(Ethan Hawke, actor and writer)

 

  1. “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”

(Maya Angelou)

 

  1. “Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”

(Peter McWilliams)

 

  1. “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”

(Roald Dahl, Danny the Champion of the World)

 

  1. “It’s not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult”

(Seneca)

 

  1. “You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that. Would Columbus have discovered America if he’d said ‘What if I sink on the way over? What if I meet pirates? What if I never come back?’ He wouldn’t even have started.”

(Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator)

 

  1. “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”

(Gandhi)

 

  1. “The probability that we may fail in the struggle should not deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just”

(Abraham Lincoln)

 

  1. “20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

(Mark Twain)

 

  1. “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”
    (Arianna Huffington)

 

 

  1. “You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down”

(Reid Hoffman)

 

  1. “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.”
  2. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
  3. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

(Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist)

 

  1. “My mother once tried to frighten me with an appalling story of a ghost in a dark chamber. I went there immediately, and expressed my disappointment at having missed the ghost. Mother never told me another horror tale. Moral: Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.”

(Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi)

 

  1. “The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.” “It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”

(Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment)

 

  1. “Your fears are a kind of prison that confines you within a limited range of action. The less you fear, the more power you will have and the more fully you will live.”

“Fear creates its own self-fulfilling dynamic- as people give into it, they lose energy and momentum. Their lack of confidence translates into inaction that lowers confidence levels even further, on and on.”

(Robert Greene, The 50th Law)

 

  1. “Fear of the unknown is a great creative partner.”

(Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Winner of Best Director for “The Revenant”)

 

  1. “Usually whenever you’re scared of something, do it. If you’re not afraid of it, don’t do it.”

(Sylvester Stallone)

 

  1. “It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.”

(Theodore Roosevelt)

 

 

  1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

(Amelia Earhart)

 

  1. “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” (
  2. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
  3. “I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”

(Mark Twain)

 

  1. “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)

 

  1. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

(Marianne Williamson)

 

  1. “The seduction of safety is more dangerous than the perception of uncertainty”

(Robin Sharma)

 

  1. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

(Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1910)

 

  1. “It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting the master work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”

(Paulo Coelho)

 

  1. “Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.”

(Tony Robbins)

 

 

  1. “The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.”

(Bruce Lee)

 

  1. “The doubters said, “Man can not fly,” The doers said, “Maybe, but we’ll try,” And finally soared In the morning glow while non-believers watched from below.”

(Bruce Lee)

 

  1. “Life can be wonderful if you’re not afraid of it. All it takes is courage, imagination … and a little dough.”

(Charlie Chaplin)

 

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

(Michael Jordan)

 

  1. “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time”

(Michael Jordan)

 

  1. “Those who have courage and faith shall never perish in misery.”

(Anne Frank)

 

  1. “Man is not worried about real problems as much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.”

(Epictetus)

 

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

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

  1. “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.”

(William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar)

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  1. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences”

(Eleanor Roosevelt)

 

  1. “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

(Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild)

 

  1. “My highest achievement: never shutting my heart down. Even in my darkest moments — through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals — I remained faithful, hopeful, and open to seeing the best in people, regardless of whether they were showing me their worst. I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward.”

(Oprah Winfrey)

 

  1. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. “

(Peter Pan)

 

  1. “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.”

(John Lennon)

 

  1. “Follow your fear – the larger thing is the notion that if something scares you a bit, it means that you should follow it a little bit. Now, ‘follow your fear’ does not mean that you should get in the car with a weirdo in a small parking lot. But it does mean that there are moments in your life when something comes up, a chance to move to a new city, or the chance to study in another continent, read your short story out loud, and you feel a lot of fear. And that fear means that you should definitely do it.”

(Tina Fey)

 

  1. “There’s a time for daring and there’s a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.”

(Dead Poets Circle)

 

  1. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

 

  1. “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”

(Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince)

 

  1. “To me, “FEARLESS” is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, FEARLESS is having fears. FEARLESS is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, FEARLESS is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. FEARLESS is falling madly in love again, even though you’ve been hurt before. FEARLESS is walking into your freshmen year of high school at fifteen. FEARLESS is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again… even though every time you’ve tried before, you’ve lost. It’s FEARLESS to have faith that someday things will change. FEARLESS is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can’t breathe without them. I think it’s FEARLESS to fall for your best friend, even though he’s in love with someone else. And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s FEARLESS to stop believing them. It’s FEARLESS to say “you’re NOT sorry”, and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is FEARLESS. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is FEARLESS. Letting go is FEARLESS. Then, moving on and being alright…That’sFEARLESS too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after. That’s why I write these songs. Because I think love is FEARLESS.”

(Taylor Swift)

 

  1. “I also feared boredom and mediocrity much more than I feared failure. For me, great is better than terrible, and terrible is better than mediocre, because terrible at least gives life flavor.”
  2. “Imagine that in order to have a great life you have to cross a dangerous jungle. You can stay safe where you are and have an ordinary life, or you can risk crossing the jungle to have a terrific life. How would you approach that choice? Take a moment to think about it because it is the sort of choice that, in one form or another, we all have to make.”

(Ray DalioPrinciples: Life and Work)

 

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