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Fear Quotes

96 of the best book quotes about fear
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “We can’t be brave in the big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and falls.”
  3. #3
    Your fear is the sharpest definition of your self. You should know it. You should feel it virtually constantly.
  4. #4
    “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!”
  5. #5
    “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
  6. #6
    A fearful man who knows he is fearful is far more trustable than a fearful man who isn’t aware of his fear.
  7. #7
    “His face white in the moonlight, his hands raised in horror, glaring helplessly at the frightful thing which was hunting him down.”
  8. #8
    Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
  9. #9
    “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.”
  10. #10
    Fear needs to become your friend, so that you are no longer uncomfortable with it.
  11. #11
    “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.”
  12. #12
    At core, men are afraid women will laugh at them, while at core, women are afraid men will kill them.
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  1. #13
    It is honorable for a man to admit his fears, resistance, and edge of practice.
  2. #14
    “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
  3. #15
    “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.”
  4. #16
    “In a serener Bright,
    In a more golden light
    I see
    Each little doubt and fear,
    Each little discord here
    Removed.”
  5. #17
    “Scarlett, always save something to fear—even as you save something to love.”
  6. #18
    “When I’m mad I don’t have room to be scared.”
  7. #19
    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
  8. #20
    Why should I be afraid now? Strange men have come to kill me ever since I was twelve years old.
    author
    Mario Puzo
    book
    Godfather
    character
    Corleone
    concept
    Fear
  9. #21
    “The Duchess! The Duchess! Oh my dear paws! Oh my fur and whiskers! She’ll get me executed, as sure as ferrets are ferrets!”
  10. #22
    The man who fears losing has already lost.
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6.3
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5.8
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  1. #25
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  2. #26
    “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
  3. #27
    “He wept because he was afraid now that he could not save Gabriel. He no longer cared about himself”
  4. #28
    “Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;”
  5. #29
    “So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
    It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    book
    Hamlet
    concepts
    GuiltFear
  6. #30
    “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.”
  7. #31
    “Everything I’ve ever done that’s valuable is something I was afraid to try.”
  8. #32
    ″‘Tis harder knowing it is due,
    Than knowing it is here.”
  9. #33
    Fear cuts deeper than swords.
  10. #34
    Almost everything you do, you do because you are afraid to die.
  11. #35
    Feel a glory in so rolling
    On the human heart a stone
  12. #36
    “Boredom is a pleasing antidote for fear.”
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  1. #37
    “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?”
  2. #38
    “While I was fearing it, it came,
    But came with less of fear,
    Because that fearing it so long
    Had almost made it dear.”
  3. #39
    “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. #40
    “In his fighting heart, there was no fear.”
  5. #41
    “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.”
  6. #42
    I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
  7. #43
    “Simon, walking in front of Ralph, felt a flicker of incredulity—a beast with claws that scratched, that sat on a mountain-top, that left no tracks and yet was not fast enough to catch Samneric. However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human, at once heroic and sick.”
  8. #44
    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
  9. #45
    Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?
  10. #46
    “I’m very scared, Buster. Yes, at last. Because it could go on forever. Not knowing what’s yours until you’ve thrown it away.”
  11. #47
    “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
  12. #48
    No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
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  1. #49
    “Katherine gave in to the wonder of the moment, imagining herself in the astronauts’ place. What emotions welled up from the depths of their hearts as they regarded their watery blue home from the void of space? How did it feel to be separated by a nearly unimaginable gulf from the rest of humanity yet carry the hopes, dreams, and fears of their entire species there with them in their tiny, vulnerable craft? Most people she knew wouldn’t have traded places with the astronauts for all of the gold in Fort Knox. The men existed all alone out their in the void of space, connected so tenuously to Earth, with the real possibility that something could go wrong. But given the chance to throw her lot in with the astronauts, Katherine Johnson would have packed her bags immediately. Even without the pressure of the space race, even without the mandate to beat the enemy. For Katherine Johnson, curiosity always bested fear.”
  2. #50
    Laughter is poison to fear.
  3. #51
    “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
  4. #52
    “Life […] is scientific, that’s what it is. In a year or two when the war is over they’ll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isn’t no beast—not with claws and all that I mean—but I know there isn’t no fear either. . . Unless we get frightened of people.”
  5. #53
    “The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.”
  6. #54
    “Who had very properly taught him equally to love and fear him.”
  7. #55
    “God arranges everything for us, so that we need have no more fear or trouble and may be quite sure that all things will come right in the end.”
  8. #56
    “You are crying! You are afraid of me! And yet I am not really wicked.”
  9. #57
    “The man who wants you to trust him is the one you must fear the most.”
  10. #58
    If I run I may fall down and break myself.
  11. #59
    “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.”
  12. #60
    “The house was a sepulcher, our fear and suffering lay buried in the ruins. There would be no resurrection.”
  1. #61
    “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!”
  2. #63
    “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. #64
    “To each his own fear.”
    author
    Rudyard Kipling
    book
    The Jungle Book
    character
    Baloo
    concept
    Fear
  4. #65
    “Only a fool is not afraid.”
  5. #66
    “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
  6. #67
    “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”
  7. #68
    “The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”
  8. #69
    “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
  9. #70
    “Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.”
  10. #71
    “The monsters of the mind are far worse than those that actually exist.”
  11. #72
    “The future will be what it will, and fretting about it will only make your fears more likely to come true.”
  1. #73
    “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
  2. #74
    “I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.”
  3. #75
    ″[I]t is an overactive imagination that turns men into cowards, not a surfeit of fear, as most believe.”
  4. #76
    “Life... is a paradise to what we fear of death.”
  5. #77
    “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.”
  6. #78
    “I suppose that we women are such cowards that we think a man will save us from fears, and we marry him.”
  7. #79
    Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
  8. #80
    “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.”
  9. #81
    “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.”
  10. #82
    “Look here, if you’re telling the truth you needn’t be afraid--nobody’ll hurt you.”
  11. #83
    “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.”
  12. #84
    “You’re afraid of heights,” I say. “How do you survive in the Dauntless compound?” “I ignore my fear,” he says. “When I make decisions, I pretend it doesn’t exist.” I stare at him for a second. I can’t help it. To me there’s a difference between not being afraid and acting in spite of fear, as he does.”
  1. #85
    “Now, don’t be angry after you’ve been afraid. That’s the worst kind of cowardice.”
  2. #86
    “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.”
  3. #87
    “You’ve noticed, haven’t you?”
    Jack put down his spear and squatted.
    “Noticed what?”
    “Well. They’re frightened.”
    He rolled over and peered into Jack’s fierce, dirty face.
    “I mean the way things are. They dream. You can hear ‘em. Have you been awake at night?” Jack shook his head.
    “They talk and scream. The littluns. Even some of the others. As if—”
    “As if it wasn’t a good island.”
    Astonished at the interruption, they looked up at Simon’s serious face.
    “As if,” said Simon, “the beastie, the beastie or the snake-thing, was real. Remember?”
  4. #88
    Ignorance is the parent of fear.
  5. #89
    “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.”
  6. #90
    “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”
  7. #91
    “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.”
  8. #92
    Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.
  9. #93
    “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. #94
    “At my age, I should not be afraid of anything—certainly not my own past.”
  11. #95
    ″[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.”
  12. #96
    “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.”
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