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They learn to function in the fear. And if you can adopt that as a permanent outlook, you will get every last drop out of this gift called life. Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them. Alexander The Great. George R. Martin Game of Thrones. There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others.
My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. Jane Austen. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. Yann Martel Life of Pi. William Golding Lord of the Flies. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Every single worry or fear you have will be meaningless down the road. Kamal Ravikant. Naval Ravikant. One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. Thich Nhat Hanh. People have a hard time letting go of suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Fear creates its own self-fulfilling dynamic — as people give into it, they lose energy and momentum.
You are far from the only nervous person in the room.
Thibaut Click to tweet. The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. Virginia Woolf. Most people do not really want freedom , because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. Sigmund Freud. People tend to avoid the important work they fear by doing unimportant work that wears them out. They suppress anxiety with exhaustion, but they do not address the source of the problem.
Modern people often feel most content in a hotel room. They feel liberated by the novel emptiness. No closet of unworn clothes to remind them of past identities. No calendar to create anxiety for the future. Many of the things we fear losing are things we would not miss. When you are confronted with something immediately there is no fear.
It is only when thought comes in that there is fear. Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything. Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all… but we just went for it. Yvon Chouinard Patagonia. It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity. Criss Jami. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen.
Frederick Buechner. See also: zen quotes , inner peace quotes. Gary Vaynerchuk Click to tweet. When you get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding… you can be yourself.
Anthony de Mello. Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey. If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. Elbert Hubbard. The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. Julia Child. That shit is powerful.
Fear mediocrity. That will waste your entire life. There is so much power in being the person that can sit in their embarrassment and figure out what went wrong and how to grow from it. The more worldly success you have, the more your ego gets built up.
The more fearful you might be of losing it all. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. Anne Sullivan. Elizabeth Taylor Click to tweet. Most people, after one success, are so cringingly afraid of doing less well that they rub all the edge off their subsequent work. Beatrix Potter. Most peak experiences are behind discomfort gates.
A society unable to handle discomfort is an impoverished one. Your fears of the consequences of a bold action are way out of proportion to reality, and in fact the consequences of timidity are worse. Now is the time to stop drifting and wake up — to assess yourself, the people around you, and the direction in which you are headed in as cold and brutal a light as possible.
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Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Les Brown. Failure is a judgment, an opinion. It stems from your fears, which can be eliminated by love — love for yourself, love for what you do, love for others, and love for your planet. Wayne Dyer. Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt. Jane Addams. 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. You are born with only two fears: fear of falling and fear of loud noise. All the rest is learned. Richard Bandler. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all. John Wooden. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan. See also: success quotes , patience quotes.
People living deeply have no fear of death. Anais Nin Click to tweet. Wherever you are afraid, try to explore, and you will find death hiding somewhere behind. All fear is of death. Death is the only fear source. Why should I fear death? If I am, then death is not. If Death is, then I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not? And I think a lot of the struggle that we have in life comes from a deep, deep fear of death.
And it can take form in many ways. One can be that we want to write the great American novel, or we really want to achieve something in this world, we want to build something, we want to build a great piece of technology or we want to start an amazing business or we want to run for office and make a difference.
All men fear death. Woody Allen. To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils. People fear death even more than pain. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over.
I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear. I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. Roger Ebert. Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Tecumseh Click to tweet.
Whatever scares or discomforts you is your teacher. Unknown Click to tweet. Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death. James F. Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. Leo Tolstoy. I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc.
Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker. Stanley Kubrick. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Frankenstein. We need to get rid of the fear and guilt we might have for asserting ourselves.
It serves no purpose except to keep us down. Man is a procrastinator by nature. He procrastinates because he fears discomfort. Change creates uncertainty. And uncertainty causes anxiety and insecurity. You may lose something good, but you may also gain something great. And loss of control is always the source of fear. It is also, however, always the source of change. James Frey. 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. Byron Katie. It is not change that causes anxiety; it is the feeling that we are without defenses in the presence of what we see as danger that causes anxiety. Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid.
So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive. Audre Lorde. I have accepted fear as part of life — specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. Erica Jong.
John Cage. No longer be either dissatisfied with thy present lot, or shrink from the future. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet. There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires. Rhonda Byrne The Secret. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future. What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day. Anger and fear undermine our immune system, while warm-heartedness brings peace of mind. Therefore, just as we teach children to comply with physical hygiene for the good of their health, we should also counsel them in a kind of hygiene of the emotions.
The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. Nothing else really counts at all. Ted Hughes. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. Henry James Click to tweet. Freedom is the basis of all happiness. This means freedom from despair, freedom from resentment, freedom from jealousy and fear.
Genuine practice is practice that helps you become more free and more solid. Every step you take, every breath you take, every minute of sitting. What the world needs most is more love, more generosity, more mercy, more openness. The root of human problems is not a lack of resources but comes from the misunderstanding, fear, and separateness that can be found in the hearts of people. True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied, for he that is wants nothing.
Wild animals run from the dangers they actually see, and once they have escaped them worry no more. We however are tormented alike by what is past and what is to come. A number of our blessings do us harm, for memory brings back the agony of fear while foresight brings it on prematurely.
No one confines his unhappiness to the present.
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Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person or that person, this challenge, this deed. Quit the evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in right now. You are not some disinterested bystander. Exert yourself. The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.
Sharon Salzberg. The emotion of fear often works overtime. Even when there is no immediate threat, our body may remain tight and on guard, our mind narrowed to focus on what might go wrong. When this happens, fear is no longer functioning to secure our survival. We are caught in the trance of fear and our moment-to-moment experience becomes bound in reactivity. We spend our time and energy defending our life rather than living it fully.
Tara Brach. There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. Katerina Stoykova Klemer. Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. Robert Ludlum Click to tweet. When we free ourselves from indulging the passions of fear and hope, we increase our power in each moment as we improve our character. Stephen Hanselman. Hope is generally regarded as good. Fear is generally regarded as bad. To a Stoic like Hecato, they are the same — both are projections into the future about things we do not control. Both are the enemy of this present moment that you are actually in.
Ryan Holiday. And, sadly, the want is what causes the worry. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Click to tweet. We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears. Fear is the most subtle and destructive of all human diseases. Fear kills dreams and hope. Fear is the fastest growing industry of our age. The media, Internet, and politics all grow through fear. Out best hopes is the trust and faith we place in our leaders and mentors. Scott Edward Cunningham. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom. Rabindranath Tagore. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John Click to tweet. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. John For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew Meet your fears with faith. Max Lucado Click to tweet. Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion.
Thomas Hobbes. All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. Edgar Allan Poe. In the darkest of nights cling to the assurance that God loves you, that He always has advice for you, a path that you can tread and a solution to your problem—and you will experience that which you believe. God never disappoints anyone who places his trust in Him. Basilea Schlink. Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist. There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone. Shannon Alder. The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.
Anne Frank. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. Thomas Merton. We have to cultivate warm-heartedness. Dalai Lama Click to tweet. A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man.
Once your mind is calm and full of love, there is no room for hatred or fear. Others will trust you because of your open heart. While many people consider sensory experience as the main source of happiness, really it is peace of mind. What destroys peace of mind is anger, hatred, anxiety and fear. Kindness counters this — and through appropriate education we can learn to tackle such emotions.
Anger and hatred lead to fear; compassion and concern for others allow us to develop self-confidence, which breeds trust and friendship. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is the fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven in a moment. Our real enemy is our ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving, and violence.
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Hate is a disease. Colin Farrell. Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater. George Washington Carver. Hate is not the first enemy of love. Fear is. It destroys your ability to trust. If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.
Hermann Hesse. Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. Fulton J. Sheen Click to tweet. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Francis of Assisi. See also: peace quotes , humanity quotes. When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. Tony Robbins Click to tweet. We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear. There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. John Lennon. Gratitude eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression, and brings happiness, kindness, compassion, understanding, and peace of mind.
People do it all the time. But opening up your soul to someone, letting then into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams… that is being naked.
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Rob Bell. Watch how your mind judges. Judgment comes, in part, out of your own fear. By judging, you find out where you stand in relation to other people. Many of us have fear. Fear of loving too much, and the fear and the pain of loving when you know there will be loss — and then when there is loss, there is of course deep grief. Love is our true nature, but as we have seen, it is covered over by a protective layer of fear.
We want to be free. Deep down we know this is true. We want to be released from fear and worry, not confined by judgments. We want to allow ourselves to trust, love, express ourselves, and be happy. Love is the only power great enough to overcome greed and anger, violence and fear. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence.
To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence. Better to have others depend on you out of fear of the consequences of losing you than out of love of your company. Fear you can control; love, never. Depending on an emotion as subtle and changeable as love or friendship will only make you insecure. Compassion reduces our fear, boosts our confidence, and opens us to inner strength. The fear of rejection prevents connection, and the only way to get rid of fear is to do the thing you fear the most.
Rich Warren. This book provides an intellectually rigorous but scripturally rooted and theologically accessible engagement with questions of faith. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x Back cover copy Look deep into the questions of your life and deep into the heart of God: there is no need to be afraid. In these engaging and wise essays, Wells addresses not only our fear of death but also our fear of life in all its messy complexity. With a deft mix of storytelling, biblical interpretation, and theological reflection, Wells assiduously tells us the truth about the world--a truth we can face because the way beyond fear is not through denial but through patience, hope, and courage.
This is a timely and much-needed book for a church tempted to make self-protection more important than discipleship. At times bracing, at other times funny, his words plumb the dark depths of despair and offer hope without triviality, correction without cruelty. This book is a witty, vulnerable, challenging delight, a perfect bedtime companion in dark nights of the soul and a worthy friend when the lights come back on.
Each essay is a gem, the product of deep thought and the wordsmith's craft. This book is so directly addressed to the reader's heart and mind, so precisely on target about the fears that ensnare us, that Wells comes across not as a distant thinker but as a wise, understanding, and compassionate friend. Lewis and the authenticity of Billy Graham.
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