Quotations About / On: FEAR

  • 11.
    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.)
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  • 12.
    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.)
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  • 13.
    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).)
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  • 14.
    Have others fear you, and I will have no fear.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Laodice to her beloved, in Nicomède, act 1, sc. 1 (1651).)
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  • 15.
    Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Jan. 20, 1961. inaugural address, quoted in Kennedy, pt. 3, ch. 9, Theodore C. Sorenson (1965).)
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  • 16.
    It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!
    (May Sarton (b. 1912), U.S. poet, novelist. Hilary Stevens, in Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, pt. 2 (1965).)
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  • 17.
    I have little respect for the boss I fear
    (Damian Murphy 2014)
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  • 18.
    'Fear is the essence of giving up.'
    (Adam M. Snow)
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  • 19.
    Fear of my cruel impulses makes me kind.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 20.
    Only the contemptible fear contempt.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 322 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
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