Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
Fear of my cruel impulses makes me kind.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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).)
My greatest fear: repetition.
(Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). Stiller, in I'm Not Stiller, first notebook, p. 58, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958).
One of Stiller's existential obsessions.)
The toddler craves independence, but he fears desertion.
(Dorothy Corkville Briggs (20th century), U.S. parent educator. Your Child's Self-Esteem, ch. 15 (1975).
Everyone fears and courts his own demon.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
Cruelty is softened by fear, not pity.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
Jealousy is the fear of comparison.
(Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 268, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977).)