Inspirational Quotes and Sayings about Fear

Inspiring Fear Quotes To Help You Overcome It

These are inspirational, motivational, wise, sad and funny fear quotes, sayings, and proverbs that inspire us. See more inspirational quotes on MindBootstrap.

Funny fear quotes


Not looking in the bathroom mirror late at night because there might be something behind your back.


I’m afraid of three things: women, snakes, and the police. They all have the ability to hurt me and make it look like it was my fault.

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I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it. ~Mark Twain


Mephobia: the fear of becoming so awesome that the human race can’t handle it and everyone dies.


My biggest fear about becoming a zombie is all the walking that I’d have to do.


One of my biggest fears is sitting on the toilet only to feel a hand come up the drain and tickle my anus.

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Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.


I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. ~Woody Allen


The only thing you have to fear is fear itself…and spiders.


A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’m afraid of widths. ~Steven Wright


When you are home alone, every noise you hear is serial killer.


What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. ~Tim Ferris


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This is my path. I’m strong. I have no fear.

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There’s no fear when you’re having fun.


If you have no fear, no one has power over you. ~John Maeda


With complete faith there is no fear of what faces you in life or death.


People living deeply have no fear of death. ~Anais Nin


The secret of life is to have no fear. ~Fela Kuti


Confidence comes not from always being right but not fearing to be wrong.

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Have no fear of moving into the unknown. ~Pope John Paul II


Have no fear of the future. ~Winston Churchill

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Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. ~Salvador Dali


There is no fear without some hope, and no hope without some fear. ~Baruch Spinoza


I have no fear, I have only ambition, and I want mine, and I will do anything to protect and feed my family. ~Tupac Shakur


Have no fear, you will find your way. It’s in your bones, it’s in your soul. ~Mark Z. Danielewski


No fear. No limits. No excuses.


Have no fear. God is near.


There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. ~Baruch Spinoza


There is no fear before and no fear after. We give our best. ~Rickie Lee Jones


Fear only two: God, and the man who has no fear of God.


I have no fear of changing looks.


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Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. ~Napoleon Hill


Let your faith be bigger than your fear.


Fear will not rule my life anymore.


Courage is knowing what no to fear. ~Plato


Face your fears and make things happen.


Danger is real, fear is a choice.


Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.


Take every chance. Drop every fear.


I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway. ~Taylor Swift


I love the name of honor, more than I fear death. ~Julius Caesar


When you have no fear, the possibilities are endless. ~Jeffree Star


As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. ~Chanakya


The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


Uncertainly always creates doubt, and doubt creates fear. ~Oscar Munoz


Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. ~Mark Twain


Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. ~George S. Patton


Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. ~Shirley MacLaine


Always be courageous and strong, and don’t fear. ~Gabby Douglas


Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten. ~Mary Catherine Bateson


Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough. ~Brene Brown


Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. ~Buddha


There are only two forces that unite men – fear and interest. ~Napoleon Bonaparte


Fear is the hightest fence. ~Dudley Nichols


Limits, like fear, is often an illusion. ~Michael Jordan


Fear is stupid. So are regrets. ~Marilyn Monroe


Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself. ~J. K. Rowling


Fear is the foundation of most governments. ~John Adams


Pitching is the art of instilling fear. ~Sandy Koufax


Man’s greatest fear is chaos. ~Marilyn Manson


I delight in what I fear. ~Shirley Jackson


Realists do not fear the results of their study. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky


No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. ~C.S. Lewis


In time we hate that which we often fear. ~William Shakespeare


Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. ~Aristotle


Jealousy is the fear of comparison. ~Max Frisch


To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~Bertrand Russell


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley


Never be afraid to sit a while and think. ~Lorraine Hansberry


Always do what you are afraid to do. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free. ~Nikos Kazantzakis


I like to do something I fear. ~Heath Ledger


Do not fear mistakes. There are none. ~Miles Davis


Fear follows crime and is its punishment. ~Voltaire


Don’t fear change – embrace it. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo


I’m intimidated by the fear of being average. ~Taylor Swift


Public speaking is something I fear more than death itself. ~Johann Johannsson


Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall. ~Salman Rushdie


Dare to be honest and fear no labor. ~Robert Burns


I do not fear death, as I cherish life too much. ~Stefan Karl Stefansson


Fear is the mother of morality. ~Friedrich Nietzsche


Fear has its use but cowardice has none. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence. ~Aristotle


Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I will show you fear in a handful of dust. ~T. S. Eliot


I had a fear of being alone. ~Gloria Gaynor


Knight without fear and without reproach. ~Richard Harris Barham


Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. ~Alexander Pope


The regrets of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow can kill you. ~Liza Minnelli


Those who own much have much to fear. ~Rabindranath Tagore


Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance. ~Arnold H. Glasow


Where fear is, happiness is not. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca


I really believed that fear is contagious. ~Joel Osteen


My biggest fear is mindlessly and stupidly repeating myself. ~John Lydon


I don’t fear anything. ~Bonnie Blair


True nobility is exempt from fear. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero


Overcoming fear quotes


My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self. ~Coretta Scott King


Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood. ~George S. Patton


Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear. ~Dan Millman


You don’t know what bravery is until you overcome fear. ~Kurt Elling


Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ~W. Clement Stone


Typically, people don’t overcome their fears because the fears are nebulous and undefined. ~Tim Ferriss


Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. ~John Calvin


You can’t be afraid to put out a fire if you’re a fireman. You can’t be afraid to be a police officer and carry a gun if you’re afraid to get up and go out there. So you’ve got to put that fear to the side and go out in faith to overcome that. ~Duane Chapman


The best way to overcome fear is to face with equanimity the situation of which one is afraid. ~B.K.S. Iyengar


For me, it’s not necessarily interesting to play a strong, fearless woman. It’s interesting to play a woman who is terrified and then overcomes that fear. It’s about the journey. Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it. ~Natalie Dormer


One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again. ~Abraham Maslow


To overcome a fear, here’s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway. ~Peter McWilliams


Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. ~Martin Luther King Jr


Quotes about fear of change


Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society. ~Patrick J. Kennedy


Don’t fear change. You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great.


You have to get outside of your comfort zone if you’re going to make significant changes in your life, and since few things scare people like the unknown, feeling fear is an excellent sign that you’re on the right track. ~Jen Sincero


The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. ~William James


And loss of control is always the source of fear. It is also, however, always the source of change.  ~James Frey


Change comes with both fear and some pain. Those two ingredients create mistrust, misunderstanding and misinformation. Such is the process of democracy. ~David Mixner


I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. ~Jackson Pollock


People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters. ~Bill Gates


The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts. ~Twyla Tharp


I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. ~Erica Jong


Quotes about fear of the unknown


The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway. ~Jen Sincero


The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. ~H. P. Lovecraft


People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. ~Pope John Paul II


The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. ~H. L. Mencken


Horror and the unknown or the strange are always closely connected so that it is hard to create a convincing picture of shattered natural law or cosmic alienage or ‘outsideness’ without laying stress on the emotion of fear. ~H. P. Lovecraft


When you say ‘fear of the unknown’, that is the definition of fear; fear is the unknown, fear is what you do not know, and it’s genetically within us so that we feel safe. We feel scared of the woods because we’re not familiar with it, and that keeps you safe. ~M. Night Shyamalan


Fear of the unknown is a terrible fear. ~Joan D. Vinge


There is something calming and emotionally restoring when you focus on gratitude for a known deed that helped you, instead of fear of the unknown. ~Mark Goulston


I think I’m like most people – we fear the unknown and the things that have yet to come to pass, which are the very things that don’t deserve to be feared. When you give God complete control, it’s very hard not to be fearless. ~Rihanna


If we fear the unknown then surely we fear ourselves. ~Bryant H. McGill


We all have a fear of the unknown what one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world. ~Lillian Russell


Quotes about fear of failure


Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. ~Paulo Coelho


I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it. ~Kobe Bryant


Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. ~Steve Jobs


I don’t fear pain or failure anymore because I’m too grateful for the pains and failures of my past – they have made me who I am, and most of the good things in my life are a direct result of them in some way. ~Scott Derrickson


At first I wasn’t sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure, and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it. ~Gordon Parks


It’s not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail. ~Jimmy Carter


Failure isn’t an option. I’ve erased the word ‘fear’ from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can’t fail. ~Alicia Keys


Fear of failure, it’s the greatest motivational tool. It drives me and drives me and drives me. ~Jerry West


Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. ~Louis E. Boone


Successful people have a bigger fear of failure than people who’ve never done anything because if you haven’t been successful, then you don’t know how it feels to lose it all. ~Jay-Z


I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about. ~Emma Watson


Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. ~Benjamin Franklin


Fear seems to have many causes. Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego’s fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner. In this mind-identified state, fear of death affects every aspect of your life. ~Eckhart Tolle


A lot of problems stem from a desire to avoid discomfort. For example, people who fear failure often avoid new challenges in an effort to keep anxiety at bay. Avoiding emotional discomfort, however, is usually a short-term solution that leads to long-term problems. ~Amy Morin


Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something. ~Frederick W. Smith


I believe in the sun. In the tangle of human failures of fear, greed and forgetfulness, the sun gives me clarity. ~Joy Harjo


I guess I’m motivated by the fear of failure to some degree and knowing what can happen when you don’t do things the way you need to do them to have success. ~Nick Saban


Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure. ~Gary Ryan Blair


Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure. ~Jack Lemmon


In my view, the first requirement for success for an entrepreneur is to dream big. The second aspect that prevents entrepreneurs from succeeding is fear of failure. ~Naveen Jain


We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. It matters. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities because they fear failure. They don’t understand commitment. ~Pat Summitt


Fear of failure has always been my best motivator. ~Douglas Wood


I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don’t know if I’m the monarch of all I survey. ~Sylvester Stallone


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Fear quotes about life


Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today? ~Mary Manin Morrissey


Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ~Marie Curie


We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~Plato


March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path. ~Khalil Gibran


It’s not attractive to be talking down about yourself all the time. All you continue to do to yourself is pull yourself further down into a deeper place of depression and sadness and insecurity and fear and hopelessness, so it’s like, having God in your life is important, accepting who you are is important, regardless of what you look like. ~Lamman Rucker


I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it. ~Steve Irwin


I have a very positive attitude in life. My insecurity, fear and need to know about tomorrow has fortunately eased. What is going to happen will happen anyway. So why break my head over it? ~Katrina Kaif


Easter tells us of something children can’t understand, because it addresses things they don’t yet have to know: the weariness of life, the pain, the profound loneliness and hovering fear of meaninglessness. ~Frederica Mathewes-Green


People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend. ~Jim Morrison


The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain


I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. ~J. K. Rowling


I fear that the day I die, I am going to die without accomplishing what I have in my mind. Life is too short, and a lot of things can happen, and I am really keen to see it with my own eyes – and that is why I am in a hurry. ~Mohammad bin Salman


The deepest fear we have, ‘the fear beneath all fears,’ is the fear of not measuring up, the fear of judgment. It’s this fear that creates the stress and depression of everyday life. ~Tullian Tchividjian


Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. ~Tecumseh


There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense. ~Thomas Hobbes


The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton


With something like cancer, there is a feeling that you can fight it in some way or control your response to it, but with dementia there is the fear of losing control of your mind and your life. ~Kevin Whately


It’s often difficult for those who are lucky enough to have never experienced what true depression is to imagine a life of complete hopelessness, emptiness and fear. ~Susan Polis Schutz


I don’t fear being outspoken. The only thing I fear is losing my sense of integrity or losing sight of the values on which I guide my life. So I don’t think it’s particularly brave or unusual for me to speak out. ~Constance Wu


Life is a balance of fear and overcoming it. ~Jimmy Lovine


There is perhaps nothing so bad and so dangerous in life as fear. ~Jawaharlal Nehru


Whatever hardships there have been in my life I still live in a very privileged position. Fear is not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Fear is seeing a child get hurt. Fear is watching someone you love waste away. Fear is knowing you are going to die yourself. But there’s no fear in what I do. I write books. ~James Frey


Those who learned to know death, rather than to fear and fight it, become our teachers about life. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


In this life struggle, here I am among you fully cognizant that a true believer has no fear of what God has ordained for him. Those who are visited by fear live only for their present, under the illusion that the world began with them and will end with their departure. ~Hussein of Jordan


He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Maybe it’s stress or anger or adrenaline or disillusionment or a bullying nature or simple fear of getting killed themselves, but there is a problem if a cop cannot tell the difference between a menacing gangster and the far more common person they encounter whose life is a little frayed and messy. ~David Horsey


One of my big goals as a human being is to continue to write what’s really happening to me, even if it’s a tough pill to swallow for people around me… I do fear that if I ever were to have someone in my life who mattered, I would second-guess every one of my lyrics. ~Taylor Swift


I think a lot of self-importance is a product of fear. And fear, living in sort of an un-self-examined fear-based life, tends to lead to narcissism and self-importance. ~Moby


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Fear quotes about love, relationships, losing someone


Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them. ~Stacy London


Love is a really scary thing, and you never know what’s going to happen. It’s one of the most beautiful things in life, but it’s one of the most terrifying. It’s worth the fear because you have more knowledge, experience, you learn from people, and you have memories. ~Ariana Grande


Every animal has his or her story, his or her thoughts, daydreams, and interests. All feel joy and love, pain and fear, as we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt. All deserve that the human animal afford them the respect of being cared for with great consideration for those interests or left in peace. ~Ingrid Newkirk


Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


You just have to get rid of fear and confront the world. Look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘I love you and nothing will destroy you and you’re not going to fall.’ ~Ricky Martin


It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both. ~Niccolo Machiavelli


Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. ~Mahatma Gandhi


I love the name of honor, more than I fear death. ~Julius Caesar


Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey. ~Lord Byron


As a parent, you experience the most of everything. The most love, the most fear, the most hurt and the most tired, the most of every emotion. ~Sarah Shahi


Love, hope, fear, faith – these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character. ~Robert Browning


With compassion you can die for other people, like the mother who can die for her child. You have the courage to say it because you are not afraid of losing anything, because you know that understanding and love is the foundation of happiness. But if you have fear of losing your status, your position, you will not have the courage to do it. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~James Baldwin


There is that awful moment when you realize that you’re falling in love. That should be the most joyful moment, and actually it’s not. It’s always a moment that’s full of fear because you know, as night follows day, the joy is going to rapidly be followed by some pain or other. All the angst of a relationship. ~Helen Mirren


My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. ~Jack Layton


To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~Bertrand Russell


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Fear quotes by famous people (Abraham Lincoln,…)


It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong. ~Abraham Lincoln


If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. ~Dale carnegie


Fear is a powerful force that somehow does not allow many people to get what they want in life. ~David Schwartz


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela


Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. ~John D. Rockefeller


We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets. ~Marilyn Monroe


Never let your fear decide your future.


I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. ~Bruce Lee


Never say never because limits like fears are often just an illusion. ~Micheal Jordan


Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear. ~George Addair


Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. ~Martin Luther King Jr


It is weakness which breeds fear, and fear breeds distrust. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Without darkness nothing comes to birth, as without light nothing flowers. ~May Sarton


Do what you fear and your fear disappears.


Fear defeats more people than any other one ting in the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen. ~Michelle Obama



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