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Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 @ 4:32 AM EST
Jan 21 2014

A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.
-Pauline Kael

A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.
-Dave Barry

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

Anxiety and conscience are a powerful pair of dynamos. Between them, they have ensured that I shall work hard, but they cannot ensure that one shall work at anything worthwhile.
-Arnold J. Toynbee

Anxiety destroys scale, and suffering makes us lose perspective.
-Saul Bellow

Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds unto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
-Anaïs Nin

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
-Søren Kierkegaard

Anxiety is the unwillingness to play even when you know the odds are for you. Courage is the willingness to play even when you know the odds are against you.
-Thomas Szasz

As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
-Boris Pasternak

Deep within every human being there still lives the anxiety over the possibility of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the millions and millions in this enormous household.
-Søren Kierkegaard

Early in life, I was visited by the bluebird of anxiety.
-Woody Allen

He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob must day by day strive with the greatest anxiety, act and scheme in order to retain his reputation. For the mob is varied and inconstant, and therefore if a reputation is not carefully preserved it dies quickly.
-Benedict Spinoza

I think she must have been very strictly brought up, she's so desperately anxious to do the wrong thing correctly.
-H.H. Munro Saki

I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.
-Gertrude Berg

In the great fulfillment we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.
-Warren G. Harding

In the US the people are blinkered by the millions of flags that flutter on the forest of poles and hang from every other window. They block the political view and the thunder of their flapping means that even anxious questions, let alone protests, cannot, will not, be heard.
-Phillip Adams

It is a general error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
-Edmund Burke

It is said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
-Charles H. Spurgeon

Laugh at your worries and insecurities. View your anxieties with humor.
-Paulo Coelho

Men have gained control over the forces of nature to such an extent that with their help they would have no difficulty exterminating one another to the last man. They know this, and hence comes a large part of their current unrest, their unhappiness and their mood of anxiety.
-Sigmund Freud

Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

My anxieties have anxieties.

(In the comic strip Peanuts)
-Charles M. Schulz

No good has ever come from feeling guilty, neither intelligence, policy, nor compassion. The guilty do not pay attention to the object but only to themselves, and not even to their own interests, which might make sense, but to their anxieties.
-Paul Goodman

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools.
-Marshall McLuhan

Poetry is what happens when an anxiety meets a technique.
-Lawrence Durrell

Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
-Benjamin Disraeli

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
-Sigmund Freud

The biggest big business in America is not steel, automobiles, or television. It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety.
-Eric Sevareid

The media no longer hesitant to whip up lurid anxieties in order to increase sales, in the process undermining social confidence and multiplying fears.
-A.C. Grayling

There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do.
-Richard Jeni

We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
-Abraham Lincoln

We still proclam the old ideals of liberty but we cannot voice them without anxiety in our hearts. The question is no longer one of establishing democratic institutions but of preserving them.
-Charles Evans Hughes

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.
-George Dennison Prentice


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