Quotations About / On:
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.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
(William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. repr. In The Complete Works Of William Hazlitt, vol. 9, ed. P.P. Howe (1932). Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims, no. 77 (1823).)
It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 4 (1989).)
Perhaps life is just that ... a dream and a fear.
(Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), Polish-born British novelist. Razumov, in Under Western Eyes, pt. 4, ch. 2 (1911).)
As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. Enemies of Promise, pt. 2, ch. 10 (1938).)
Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.
(Tertullian (c. 150-230), Roman church father. Apologeticus, I.10.)
All-powerful god, who am I but the fear that I inspire in others?
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, philosopher, dramatist, political activist. Aegistheus to Jupiter in The Flies, act 2, Gallimard (1947).)