I don't want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on
the Four Horsemen of Calumny- Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.
-Margaret Chase Smith
A fool without fear is sometimes wiser than an angel with fear.
A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short
cut to meet it.
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not
only the result, but the cause, of fear.
-Norman Vincent Peale
Almost all propaganda is designed to create fear. Heads of governments
and their officials know that a frightened people is easier to govern,
will forfeit rights it would otherwise defend, is less likely to demand
a better life, and will agree to millions and millions being spend on
-John Boynton Priestley
Americans are apocalyptic by nature. The reason why is that we've always
had so much, so we live in deadly fear that people are going to take it
away from us.
An utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward.
Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely
survive in the face of doubt.
Behind every bad law, a deep fear.
Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done- that's
courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear
rule him is a coward.
Between the black of yesterday and the white of tomorrow is the great
gray of today, filled with nostalgia and fear of the future.
Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.
-Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
But I have noticed this about ambitious men, or men in power, that they
fear even the slightest and least likely threat to it.
But this principle of race is unfortunately one of the reasons why I
fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference
implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance.
But what is all this fear of and opposition to oblivion? What is the
matter with the soft darkness, the dreamless sleep?
By writing my fears down on paper I will see that not only am I afraid
of everything but that I also have really bad penmanship.
Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about
disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical
limitations that flow from actual impairment.
-William J. Brennan, Jr.
Death will come in any case, and there is a long afterwards if the
priests are right and nothing to fear if they are wrong.
Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are
stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their
Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives
meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to
Every fear hides a wish.
Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.
Every thinking person fears nuclear war and every technological nation
plans for it. Everyone knows it's madness, and every country has an
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
-Jean de la Fontaine
Everything we do in life is based on fear, especially love.
Everything worth doing starts with fear.
Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of
-Hunter S. Thompson
Fear best lends itself to the creation of Nature-defying illusions.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.
Fear feeds the imagination.
Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it.
-Hillary Rodham Clinton
Fear is like the microwavable version of respect. It doesn't taste as
good, but it's much easier to make.
Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things underground, and much more in
-Miguel de Cervantes
Fear is something to be moved through, not something to be turned from.
Fear is strange soil. Mainly it grows obedience like corn, which grows
in rows and makes weeding easy. But sometimes it grows the potatoes of
defiance, which flourish underground.
Fear is the antidote to boredom: the remedy must be stronger than the
Fear is the brother of hate.
Fear is the enemy of logic. There is no more debilitating, crushing,
self-defeating, sickening thing in the world- to an individual or to a
Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and
brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so
stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of
any political institution which is founded on it.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of
cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Fear is when you're stuck in traffic and you realize you've had two cups
of coffee and a bran muffin.
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
Fear of death increases in exact proportion to increase in wealth.
Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out.
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to
the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of
'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity.
-Thomas J. Watson
From New England's Puritans we inherited the idea that America is
blessed and ordained by God above all nations, but lost the fear of
wrath and retribution.
God uses lust to impel men to marriage, ambition to office, avarice to
earning, and fear to faith.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire,
it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now
seek to deny them by using fear as its justification.
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate; a
child who fears noises becomes the man who hates them.
He who strikes terror into others is himself in continual fear.
History is full of people who out of fear or ignorance or the lust for
power have destroyed treasures of immeasurable value which truly belong
to all of us. We must not let it happen again.
I am a member of a party of one, and I live in an age of fear.
I can dodge folly without backing into fear.
I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on
every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble,
every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they
may absolutely refuse to move at all.
-Alexis de Tocqueville
I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an
army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.
-Alexander the Great
I fear that the consumer who buys a Confederate flag coffee cup, which
she will then put on her American flag place mat, is the sort of
sophisticated thinker who is open-minded enough that she is capable of
hating blacks and Arabs at the same time.
I have this fear that one day there's going to be a fire in the Senate
and there are only going to be 57 Senators there and they'll all die
because they won't have the 60 votes to allow themselves to leave the
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.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that
brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass
over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner
eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only
I will remain.
I understand that fear is my friend, but not always. Never turn your
back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that
might have to be killed.
-Hunter S. Thompson
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid
the people, you should just stay home.
-James A. Michener
If your heart is full of fear, you won't seek truth; you'll seek
-William Sloane Coffin, Jr.