Quotes for
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Fear



  
The main thing in life is not
to be afraid of being human.


Pau Casals

   
Fear is like fire.  If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled, it will rise up and destroy you.  People's actions depend to a great extent upon fear.  We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them.       -John F. Milburn
   
If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient, and thin.       -Katharine Butler Hathaway
   
To be ambitious for wealth, and yet always expecting to be poor, to be always doubting your ability to get what you long for, is like trying to reach east by traveling west. . . . No matter how hard you work for success, if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors, and make success impossible.      -Charles Baudouin
   

It is very often asserted that fear is destructive.  Yet this is not entirely true; when fear is felt about things that truly threaten security, it is protective.  It is very fortunate that humans have an almost unlimited capacity for learning fears; otherwise we would have been eliminated long ago.        -Smiley Blanton

   

Everything on earth gives cause for fear, and the only freedom from fear is to be found in the renunciation of all desire.        -Bharti-hari

    

It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead
to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present.      -Marion Woodman

  
Fear keeps us rooted in the past.  Fear of the unknown, fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, fear of not having enough, fear of not being enough, fear of the future--all these fears and more keep us trapped, repeating the same old patterns and making the same choices over and over again.  Fear prevents us from moving outside the comfort--or even the familiar discomfort--of what we know.  It's nearly impossible to achieve our highest vision for our lives as long as we are being guided by our fears.        -Debbie Ford
   

No passion so effectively robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.       -Edmund Burke

   

Fear is like a little garden spider that makes us jump back or the poor lost bee on the steering wheel that we blame for our automobile wreck.  The problem in fear is our response -- the way we treat animals or insects that frighten us. . . . Fear is also the universal scapegoat we blame when we take flight from intimacy or shrink up inside ourselves in a thousand little ways.         -Dan Millman

    

    

Fear of trouble, present and future, often blinds us to the numerous small blessings we enjoy, silencing our prayers of praise and thanksgiving.        -unattributed

   

We are all afraid of something.  But that shouldn't stop us from going on every day.  We should not always walk in fear of the shadow while we are in the light.  It is certain we will not know when or how the difficult and bad times will come, but if we accept that they will come, then they are easier to face when they do.
   And always remember that anything that causes the shadow is smaller than the source of light.     -Joseph M. Marshall III

    

   

The single most empowering thing we can do for ourselves is to transform fear.  While fear contains tremendous power, it doesn't propel us forward and upward, but, rather, drags us down and chains us to the past.  Freeing ourselves from fear is a loving intention because, as fear subsides, we are better able to access the soft, sweet power of our hearts, which naturally leads to loving ourselves and others more freely and completely.        -Sue Patton Thoele

    
You gain strength, experience, and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face. . . . You must do the thing you cannot do.       -Eleanor Roosevelt
    

It is not that you must be free from fear.  The moment you try to free yourself from fear, you create a resistance against fear.  Resistance, in any form, does not end fear.  What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it.  We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it, not how to resist it through courage and so on.        -J. Krishnamurti

    
    
Your fears stand between you and what you want.  They're worth facing!       -Stephen C. Paul
    
Fear can infect us early in life until eventually it cuts a deep groove of apprehension in all our thinking.  To counteract it, let faith, hope and courage enter your thinking.  Fear is strong, but faith is stronger yet.        -Norman Vincent Peale
    

There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.        -George S. Patton

    

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie

Fears are educated into us and can,
if we wish, be educated out.

Karl A. Menninger

   
The most important thing that we can do about our fears is to acknowledge them, and then take steps to understand them and their sources.  Once we take this step, we can work to overcome them.  Fears are our way of keeping ourselves "safe," but the safety brought about by fears is the false safety that we could get by locking ourselves alone in a small room for the rest of our lives.  We wouldn't ever catch the flu again or get hit by a car or face rejection, but we also never would grow into the people we were meant to be.       -Tom Walsh

      

The fearful are caught as often as the bold.       -Helen Keller
   
The earth becomes heaven when you release your fear.       -Stephen C. Paul
   

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Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds.  Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts.     -Barbara Garrison
  
If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you:  You'll grow up.  You'll lose your dependency on the grown-ups of the world, because you'll realize that there is no time, no age, at which fear suddenly fades and you become one of these impervious beings.  You'll begin to recognize fear when you see it, not only in the shivering of a frightened little kid but in the apparent coldness of a shy person, the viciousness of a bully, the self-importance of your narcissistic boss.  You'll realize that the difference between success and failure isn't the absence of fear but the determination to pursue your heart's desires no matter how scared you are.  Finally you'll realize that fear is the raw material from which courage is manufactured.  Without it, we wouldn't even know what it means to be brave.     -Martha Beck, Finding Your Own North Star
  
Part of our mind is bent on love, and part of it is bent on fear.  That is how consciousness operates.  The loving mind is called the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, the Shechina, and many other names.  It is the holy Self that lies potential within all of us, the mystical drive to return home.  We always have the choice to align ourselves with its presence and act accordingly in the world, or give in to fear and, on some level, die.
   The problem is that the voice of the spirit is not the dominant voice of the world.  Fear is louder than love here.  It takes conscious effort, therefore, to go against the voices of the world and to actualize our spiritual nature.  The fearful mind, or the negative ego, is alive and well within us and around us, but darkness disappears in the presence of light.  Fear has no ultimate power in a situation dedicated through prayer to God.     -Marianne Williamson, Illuminata
  
Fear is also F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real)--a famous acronym that sheds the light of understanding on those phantoms of fear.  There are at least two false premises regarding fear.  First is the belief that things are as they appear to be.  Increasingly, scientists are discovering evidence to the contrary.  For example, what seems to be solid matter is, in fact, composed of patterns of subatomic units of energy.  Second, the fearful individual assumes that he or she lacks the resources to handle a tragic situation.  The truth is, courage belongs not only to the heroes and heroines but can also be developed within you as you meet life's challenges. . . . When you look fear in the face, you may see right through it, for, after all, it is often only a phantom!     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
  
If you overcome your fear to ask someone for a date, a raise, or help with a project, that is an act of self-assertiveness.  You are moving out into life rather than contracting and withdrawing.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
Almost all fear is fear of the unknown. Therefore, what's the remedy?  To become acquainted with the things you fear.     -Peace Pilgrim
  
Fear is so fundamental to the human condition that all the great spiritual traditions originate in an effort to overcome its effects on our lives.  With different words, they all proclaim the same core message:  "Be not afraid."  Though the traditions vary widely in the ways they propose to take us beyond fear, all hold out the same hope:  we can escape fear's paralysis and enter a state of grace where encounters with otherness will not threaten us but will enrich our work and our lives.     -Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach
  
All of us experience fear, but when we confront and acknowledge it, we are able to turn it into courage.  Being courageous does not mean never being scared; it means acting as you know you must even though you are undeniably afraid.     -Desmond Tutu, Believe
  
Denying fear only feeds it and encourages its greedy appetite.  Sometimes we're reluctant to face a fear and give it a name or shape.  It's as if an admission of being frightened will set the fear and all that comes with it into motion.  When we don't face our fears, we risk creating a big lie by telling ourselves we're not afraid.  If you've ever done this, you know how much energy it takes to beat the fear into submission and bury it without destroying it.     -Leslie Levine, Ice Cream for Breakfast
  
What would it be like to open our hearts to our fear, to befriend it with wonder, as one would a deer in the forest?  What if you could bring it right into the hearth of your awareness instead of ignoring it and thus allowing it to become an undifferentiated mass of demons that gang up on your in the murk?  Stuffed behind walls, fear becomes a horde--the Demons of Doubt who will trample you under stories of what others think, of your endless failures, impending humiliation, and lost control.  Together and ignored, they will drive you out of your own life.  But when you invite them into the layered light of your awareness, they can't join together and rule you from the shadows.     -Dawna Markova
  
How is your life limited by your fear?  What are you not doing that you'd really like to do?  When we use fear to our advantage by tackling those things that evoke a sense of excitement and trepidation, fear becomes and ally.  Each experience provides a challenge and an opportunity to expand your comfort zone.  The way to create an extraordinary life is to make the challenge of fear work for you by building your courage muscles.     -Cheryl Richardson, Stand up for Your Life
  
All manifestation of fear is a reflection of the fact that humanity has forgotten its spiritual identity.  In beginning to remember it, we put fear on notice that its days are numbered.     -Marianne Williamson
   
I know a lot of people who are healthier at age fifty than they've ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.     -Robert Bly
  
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the Light?      -Maurice Freehill
  
Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.     -John Cheever
  
Anger is a response that can lead to harm if we don't evaluate what we are upset about.  Ask yourself what you are afraid of, as anger is almost always fear in disguise.  If we think something or someone threatens us, we feel fear--fear that we are inadequate, that our lives are out of control, that things won't go our way.  Then we fight.  Find out what you're upset about.  We rarely are upset for the reason we think.     -Jennifer James
  
Fear is a question.  What are you afraid of and why?  Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.     -Marilyn Ferguson
  
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.     -Robert Louis Stevenson
  

    

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