37 quotes about overcoming fear

Here are some of my favorite quotes about overcoming fear - one of my favorite things to help clients with.

1. "Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones."

Thich Nhat Hanh

2. "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."


3. "Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins."

Charles Stanley

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

5. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

6. “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

7. “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

8. “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.”

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

9. “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”

Salvador Dalí

10. “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

Søren Kierkegaard

11. “Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game

12. “Is it useful to feel fear, because it prepares you for nasty events, or is it useless, because nasty events will occur whether you are frightened or not?”

Lemony Snicket

13. “You can't make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

Michelle Obama

14. “He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.”

Michel de Montaigne

15. “I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.”

Oprah Winfrey

16. “Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.”

Steve Maraboli

17. “Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

18. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”

Fred Rogers

19. “Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”

Bruce Lee

20. “Find out what a person fears most and that is where he will develop next.”

C.G. Jung

21. “I am very frustrated by fear of imagination, I don’t think that’s healthy.”

J.K. Rowling

22. “Most people want to be circled by safety, not by the unexpected. The unexpected can take you out. But the unexpected can also take you over and change your life. Put a heart in your body where a stone used to be.”

Ron Hall

23. “Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. Live in silence.”

Jalaluddin Rumi

24. “Fear is a bird that refuses to fly, and each time she neglects to use her wings, she consents to the slow death of her destiny.”

Nadia Janice Brown

25. “That's the thing about fear. Death will kill you once, but fear kills you over and over and over, if you let it.”

Marcus Allen

26. “We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.”

Jim Morrison

27. “Success goes to the ones who do. Get up. Show up. Throw up if you have to. Do it afraid, but do it no matter.”

Toni Sorenson

28. “Of all the questions I have asked my readers this is the most important: What would you do if you weren't afraid? When you finally give wings to that answer then you have found your life's purpose.”

Shannon L. Alder

29. “Being brave doesn't mean you're not scared.”

Neil Gaiman

30. “You can't live in dread of something for long without beginning to crave it.”

Glen Duncan, The Last Werewolf

31. “Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.”


32. “Let fear once get possession of the soul, and it does not readily yield its place to another sentiment.”

Leo Tolstoy, Sebastopol in December

33. “First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

34. “Mind doesn't work properly when taken intoa higher level where fear dominates the will.”

Toba Beta

35. “Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.”

Mark Twain

36. “Love opens your heart, trumps fear, and paves the way for healing in all aspects of your life.”

Lissa Rankin

37. “Focus on beauty, not on fear dance with stress to let it clear”

Debasish Mridha

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