All infractions of love and equity in our social relations are … punished by fear. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca

Where fear is, happiness is not.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca

We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness … for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush.

Horace Walpole

There seemed to be endless obstacles … it seemed that the root cause of them all was fear.

Joanna field

We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.

Francoise de la Rochefoucauld 

Fear is the prison of the heart.


No passion so effectively robs the mind of its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

Edmund Burke

Fear is an acid which is pumped into one’s atmosphere. It causes mental, moral and spiritual asphyxiation, and sometimes death; death to energy and all growth.

Horace Fletcher

One of the effects of fear is to disturb the senses and cause things to appear other than what they are.

Miguel de Cervantes

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

Bertrand Russell

Great self destruction follows upon unfounded fear.

Ursula K LeGuin