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Fear Quotes

69 of the best book quotes about fear
  1. #1
    “Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
    It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
    Seeing that death, a necessary end,
    Will come when it will come.”
  2. #2
    “Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one that rises against them and strikes back!”
  3. #3
    “And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.”
  4. #4
    “When I was younger, I scared my mother to death, the things I would blurt out about District 12, about the people who rule our country, Panem, from the far-off city called the Capitol. Eventually I understood this would only lead us to more trouble. So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts.”
  5. #5
    Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
  6. #6
    “His face white in the moonlight, his hands raised in horror, glaring helplessly at the frightful thing which was hunting him down.”
  7. #7
    “We can’t be brave in the big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and falls.”
  8. #8
    True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.
  9. #9
    “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
  1. #10
    “I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitments, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it’s expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it’s perils.”
  2. #12
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  3. #13
    “When I’m mad I don’t have room to be scared.”
  4. #14
    “Scarlett, always save something to fear—even as you save something to love.”
  5. #15
    “In a serener Bright,
    In a more golden light
    I see
    Each little doubt and fear,
    Each little discord here
    Removed.”
  6. #16
    “The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”
  7. #17
    “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
  8. #18
    ″‘Tis harder knowing it is due,
    Than knowing it is here.”
  1. #19
    “I never wanted to be feared. If I regret one thing, it is the fear I have caused. Fear is the tool of tyrants. Unfortunately, when the fate of the world is in question, you use whatever tools are available.”
  2. #20
    “In his fighting heart, there was no fear.”
  3. #21
    “The moment of crisis had come, and I must face it. My old fears, my diffidence, my shyness, my hopeless sense of inferiority, must be conquered now and thrust aside. If I failed now I should fail forever.”
  4. #22
    “Boredom is a pleasing antidote for fear.”
  5. #23
    “It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face?”
  6. #24
    “Everything I’ve ever done that’s valuable is something I was afraid to try.”
  7. #25
    “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
  8. #26
    “He wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel. He no longer cared about himself”
  9. #27
    “So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
    It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concepts
    GuiltFear
  1. #28
    “While I was fearing it, it came,
    But came with less of fear,
    Because that fearing it so long
    Had almost made it dear.”
  2. #29
    “Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;”
  3. #30
    Feel a glory in so rolling
    On the human heart a stone
  4. #31
    “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.”
  5. #32
    “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
  6. #33
    “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”
  7. #34
    “It was Silver’s voice, and before I had heard a dozen words, I would not have shown myself for all the world, but lay there, trembling and listening, in the extreme of fear and curiosity, for from these dozen words I understood that the lives of all the honest men aboard depended upon me alone.”
  8. #36
    “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
  1. #37
    “You are crying! You are afraid of me! And yet I am not really wicked.”
  2. #38
    “By Red Flower Bagheera meant fire, only no creature in the jungle will call fire by its proper name. Every beast lives in deadly fear of it, and invents a hundred ways of describing it.”
  3. #39
    “To each his own fear.”
    author
    Rudyard Kipling
    book
    The Jungle Book
    character
    Baloo
    concept
    Fear
  4. #40
    “The man who wants you to trust him is the one you must fear the most.”
  5. #41
    If I run I may fall down and break myself.
  6. #42
    “Only a fool is not afraid.”
  7. #43
    “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.”
    author
    Tolkien
    book
    The Children of Húrin
    character
    Sador
    concept
    Fear
  8. #44
    “The house was a sepulcher, our fear and suffering lay buried in the ruins. There would be no resurrection.”
  9. #45
    “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”
  1. #46
    “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
  2. #47
    “The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”
  3. #48
    “The future will be what it will, and fretting about it will only make your fears more likely to come true.”
  4. #49
    “Vianne didn’t hesitate. She knew now that no one could be neutral—not anymore—and as afraid as she was of risking Sophie’s life, she was suddenly more afraid of letting her daughter grow up in a world where good people did nothing to stop evil, where a good woman could turn her back on a friend in need. She reached for the toddler, took him in her arms.”
  5. #50
    “I suppose that we women are such cowards that we think a man will save us from fears, and we marry him.”
  6. #51
    “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
  7. #52
    “Look here, if you’re telling the truth you needn’t be afraid--nobody’ll hurt you.”
  8. #53
    “Life... is a paradise to what we fear of death.”
  9. #54
    “Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance. Choosing to live and love with our whole hearts is an act of defiance. You’re going to confuse, piss off, and terrify lots of people--including yourself. One minute you’ll pray that the transformation stops, and the next minute you’ll pray that it never ends. You’ll also wonder how you can feel so brave and so afraid at the same time. At least that’s how I feel most of the time...brave, afraid, and very, very alive.”
  1. #55
    “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
  2. #56
    “I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”
  3. #57
    ″[I]t is an overactive imagination that turns men into cowards, not a surfeit of fear, as most believe.”
  4. #58
    “The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist.”
  5. #59
    “Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.”
  6. #60
    Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.
  7. #61
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  8. #62
    “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.”
  9. #63
    “Oh, the terrible struggle that I have had against sleep so often of late; the pain of the sleeplessness, or the pain of the fear of sleep, and with such unknown horror as it has for me! How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”
  10. #64
    “It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play. Bleeding hearts, and dry bones of the churchyard, and tears that burn as they fall, all dance together to the music that he make with that smileless mouth of him. Ah, we men and women are like ropes drawn tight with strain that pull us different ways. Then tears come, and like the rain on the ropes, they brace us up, until perhaps the strain become too great, and we break. But King Laugh he come like the sunshine, and he ease off the strain again, and we bear to go on with our labor, what it may be.”
  11. #65
    “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”
  12. #66
    “She hardly knew at times what it was she feared, and what she hoped for. Whether she feared or desired what had happened or what was going to happen and exactly what she longed for, she could not have said.”
  13. #67
    “At my age, I should not be afraid of anything—certainly not my own past.”
  14. #68
    “She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt and fear, she has practiced denying them in herself.”
  15. #69
    ″[Y]ou must strive to be calm, even if a hundred ravening enemies are snapping at your heels. Empty your mind and allow it to become like a tranquil pool that reflects everything around it and yet remains untouched by its surroundings. Understanding will come to you in that emptiness, when you are free of irrational fears about victory and defeat, life and death.”
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