Quotations About / On:
It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.
(Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist, political writer. M. Olivier, in The Diary of a Country Priest, ch. 7 (1936).)
The thing I fear most is fear.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Fear," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 18, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
He who fears not death fears not a threat.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The Count, in The Cid, act 2, sc. 1 (1637).)
He who fears he will suffer, already suffers from his fear.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Experience," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 13, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).)
What fear has once made me will, I am bound still to will when without fear.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of the Useful and the Honorable," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 1, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
When there is nothing to fear is the time to begin fearing everything.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 51, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.
(Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Italian philosopher. Quoted in Life of Giordano Bruno, ch. 11, I. Frith (1887).
Said to the inquisitors who had condemned him to death.)
Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
(Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 2, 1932.
repeated in his first inaugural address, March 4, 1933. The expression has numerous precedents, including the Duke of Wellington, Montaigne and the Bible, and was used by Sir Winston Churchill during World War II.)
I would soon fear him, if he did not still fear me.
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Agrippina, in Britannicus, act 1, sc. 1 (1669).
Agrippina is speaking of her son, Nero.)
Fear of sexuality is the new, disease-sponsored register of the universe of fear in which everyone now lives.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 7 (1989).)