July 20, 2024

Fear Quotes

 Fear Quotes

Fear is a universal emotion that has been a subject of contemplation and commentary for centuries. From philosophers and leaders to writers and thinkers, many have shared their insights on fear, capturing its essence and impact on human life. Here are 20 famous quotes about fear, accompanied by short bios of the authors.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States, leading the country during the Great Depression and World War II.

Nelson Mandela

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader who served as President of South Africa.

Mark Twain

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

Mark Twain was an American writer and humorist, best known for his novels “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”

Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule, employing nonviolent civil disobedience.

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat, and activist, serving as First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945.

Marilyn Monroe

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, famous for her roles in classic films and her iconic status.

Sun Tzu

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.”

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military strategist and philosopher, author of “The Art of War.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

Dale Carnegie

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.”

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer, known for his courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, and public speaking.

William Shakespeare

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”

William Shakespeare was an English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

H.P. Lovecraft

“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 was an American writer known for his weird and horror fiction, particularly “The Call of Cthulhu.”

J.K. Rowling

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

J.K. Rowling is a British author, best known for writing the “Harry Potter” fantasy series.


“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher and polymath during the Classical period in Ancient Greece.

Nelson Mandela

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader who served as President of South Africa.

Lao Tzu

“There is no illusion greater than fear.”

Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of Taoism.

Edgar Allan Poe

“I have great faith in fools; self-confidence, my friends call it.”

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic, best known for his poetry and short stories of mystery and macabre.

Maya Angelou

“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.”

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, best known for her series of seven autobiographies.

Winston Churchill

“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”

Winston Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.


“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.”

Buddha was the founder of Buddhism, a spiritual leader, and philosopher from ancient India.

Oprah Winfrey

“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.”

Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist.

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