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.)
Think of the better world we could build if men and women, if even for a little while longer, were freed from their greatest fear: the fear of death and the grave.
(Robert D. Andrews, and Nick Grindé. Dr. Ralph Howard (Edward Van Sloan), Before I Hang, trying to convince the warden to let Dr. Garth carry on his work in prison (1940).
Story by Andrews and Karl Brown (1897-1990).)
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fearnot absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose application of the word. Consider the flea!incomparably the bravest of all the creatures of God, if ignorance of fear were courage.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar," ch. 12, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894).)
There is the fear that we shan't prove worthy in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Manfear that men won't understand us and we shall be cut of from them.
(Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. quoted in Newsweek (New York, Feb. 11, 1963).)
Fear of anything, of any kind, from any source makes man kneel before the God. Fear is an integral part of all living systems. Other animals won't conceal their fear whereas man's false pride, ego and belief in psudo-science and fake theories (like atheism) make him wear a thin veneer of courage which blows off in real, testing situations.