Quotations About / On: FEAR

  • 31.
    Those who love to be feared fear to be loved, and they themselves are more afraid than anyone, for whereas other men fear only them, they fear everyone.
    (Francis De Sales, Saint (1567-1622), French churchman, devotional writer. quoted by Bishop Jean-Pierre Camus in The Spirit of Saint Francis de Sales, ch. 7, sct. 3 (1952).)
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  • 32.
    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not 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).)
  • 33.
    The fear of burglars is not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
    (Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "The Fear of Being Touched," Crowds and Power (1960, trans. 1962).)
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  • 34.
    Blind fear that seeing reason leads finds safer footing than blind reason stumbling without fear. To fear the worst oft cures the worst.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Cressida, in Troilus and Cressida, act 3, sc. 2, l. 71-3. Proverbial.)
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  • 35.
    The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
    (F.H. (Francis Herbert) Bradley (1846-1924), British philosopher. Aphorisms, no. 63 (1930).)
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  • 36.
    We need not fear any isms if our democracy is achieving the ends for which it was established ...
    (Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), U.S. First Lady, author, and speaker. As quoted in Eleanor and Franklin, ch. 48, by Joseph P. Lash (1971). In her September 26, 1938, "My Day" column. She was concerned about "the constant battle between those who would have us fear the communists and those who would have us fear the fascists.")
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  • 37.
    They who feel cannot keep their minds in the equilibrium of a pair of scales: fear and hope have no equiponderant weights.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 33, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1786.)
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  • 38.
    The person who wants nothing, hopes for nothing, and fears nothing can never be an artist.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, November 25, 1892, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 5, p. 134, "Nauka" (1976).)
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  • 39.
    Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
    (Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. "Third Day: After Compline," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).)
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  • 40.
    The natural order will emerge only if we let go of the fear of the disorder, we trust each other.
    (Judith Malina (b. 1926), U.S. actor and stage producer. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 13, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).)
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