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).)
'Poetry Against Terror' is a contemporary tragedy which must be written, the choice to live free of fear is an easier option for free spirit poets, than some sections of the public paralyzed with fear, therefore the decision to refuse fear; to accept the cards will fall as they may is accepting life as it comes; it is not the duration years in our lives which matter, it is the quality intensity attempts at living dreams which determines our bright our stars shine, on the darkest nights even a single star shining on an overcast night shines hope bright.
(Terence George Craddock January 2016 on the 10th of January 2016.)