“The only thing we have to fear is fear it’self – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified,terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
—-FDR – First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

“One of the things which danger does to you after a time is -, well, to kill emotion.
I don’t think I shall ever feel anything again except fear. None of us can hate anymore – or love.”

—-Graham Greene – The Confidential Agent (1939) 

“What are fears but voices airy?
Whispering harm where harm is not.
And deluding the unwary
Till the fatal bolt is shot!”


“Fear is an uneasiness of the mind, upon the thought of future danger likely to befall us.”

“Where no hope is left, is left no fear.”

“Fear is a tyrant and a despot, more terrible than the rack, more potent than the snake.”
—-Edgar Wallace – The Clue of the Twisted Candle (1916)

“Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.”
—-German Proverb

“Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark.”
—- Francis Bacon

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”
— H.P. Lovecraft

“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, Dune – Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

“A man who has been in danger,
When he comes out of it forgets his fears,
And sometimes he forgets his promises.”

—-Euripides – Iphigenia in Tauris (414-12 BC)

“Being frightened is an experience you can’t buy.”
—-Anthony Price – Sion Crossing (1984)

“What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope.”
—-Publilius Syrus – Moral Sayings (1st C B.C.)

“Why are we scared to die? Do any of us remember being scared when we were born?”
—-Trevor Kay

“A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.”
—-Edgar Watson Howe – Country Town Sayings (1911)