Fear Quotes to Help You Overcome Your Fears

Reading fear quotes can be a great way to overcome fear. They can provide inspiration and motivation to keep moving forward.

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We all have fears. They can be small or large, rational or completely irrational, but they exist and we all have to find a way to deal with them. For some, fear is a minor annoyance that can be easily dismissed. 

For others, fear can be debilitating, keeping them from achieving their goals or leading a full life. If fear is holding you back, here are some tips and tricks to help you break free and overcome your fears.

65 Fear Quotes

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 1. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

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2. “Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee

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3. “Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there.” – Chuck Palahniuk

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4. “To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.” – Richie Norto

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5. “Courage is feeling fear, not getting rid of fear, and taking action in the face of fear.” – Roy T. Bennett

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6. “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

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7. “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” – Frederick Buechner

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8. “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” – Bertrand Russell

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9. “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” – Rudyard Kiplin

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10. “The man who fears losing has already lost.” – George R.R. Martin

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11. “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – Plato

12. “To overcome fear is the quickest way to gain your self-confidence.” – Roy T. Bennett

13. “The fear of loss . . . it can destroy you as much as the loss itself.” – Sarah J. Maas

14. “Because fear kills everything,” Mo had once told her. “Your mind, your heart, your imagination.” – Cornelia Funke

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15. “There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.” – George R.R. Martin

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

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More Fear Quotes to help you face your fears

16. “Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.” – Isabel Allende

17. “Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” – Donald Miller

18. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth

19. “He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.” – Franz Kafka

20. “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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21. “We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.” – Erica Jong

22. “He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.” – Michel de Montaigne

23. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

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24. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”- Michelle Obama

25. “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” – Napoleon Hill

26. “If a fear cannot be articulated, it can’t be conquered.” – Stephen King

27. “It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.” – Michael Crichton

28. “Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.” – Aristotle

29. “Fear’s useless. Either something bad happens or it doesn’t: If it doesn’t, you’ve wasted time being afraid, and if it does, you’ve wasted time that you could have spent sharpening your weapons.” – Sarah Rees Brennan

30. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan

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31. “Fear makes idiots out of us all, at some time or other.” – Patricia Briggs

32. “Fear is a part of life. It’s a warning mechanism. That’s all. It tells you when there’s danger around. Its job is to help you survive. Not cripple you into being unable to do it.” – Jim Butcher

33. “Many times, the thought of fear itself is greater than what it is we fear.” – Idowu Koyenikan

34. “Fear always springs from ignorance.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. “You have two choices, to conquer your fear or to let your fear conquer you.” – Roy T. Bennett

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36. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.” – Lao Tzu

37. “I love the name of honor more than I fear death.” – Julius Cesar

38. “Love, when you get fear in it, it’s not love any more. It’s hate.” – James M. Cain

39. “Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure; it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.” – Robert H. Schuller

40. “Fear grew in places unlit by knowledge” – Roshani Chokshi

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41. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

42. “Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.” – Umberto Eco,

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43. “Courage is about learning how to function despite the fear, to put aside your instincts to run or give in completely to the anger born from fear. Courage is about using your brain and your heart when every cell of your body is screaming at your to fight or flee – and then following through on what you believe is the right thing to do.” -Jim Butcher

44. “The purpose of fear is to raise your awareness not to stop your progress.” – Steve Maraboli

45. “Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.” – Viktor E. Frank

46. “Fear can force obedience, but it can never transform a heart.” – Stacey Jay

47. “If we didn’t fear the truths we didn’t hear, we’d lose the need to fear the ones we did.” –  Mira Grant

48. “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” -Helen Keller

49. “Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level or awareness you find yourself to be.” – Carlos Castaneda

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50. “Do not be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John Rockefeller

51. “I am very frustrated by fear of imagination, I don’t think that’s healthy.” – J.K. Rowling

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52. “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” – Japanese Proverb

53. “Fear could break a line faster than any enemy charge.” – Sarah J. Maas

54. “You’re afraid. Of yourself more than anyone else in the world.” – Sarah J. Maa

55. Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” – William Shakespeare

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56. “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Mary Ferguson

57. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” – William Faulkner

58. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

59. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

60. “Fear is the passion of slaves.” – Patrick Henry

61. “The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness.” – Dorothy Thompson

62. “Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear” – William Congreve

63. “Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them.” – Dorothy Day

64. “If people are good because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” – Albert Einstein

65. “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – Benjamin Franklin

 Tips for breaking free from your fears?

  • Understand your fear. When you know what you are afraid of, it becomes easier to face it.
  • Face your fear. The only way to overcome your fear is to face it head-on.
  • Take baby steps. If your fear is too big to face all at once, take small steps to overcome it.
  • Build your confidence. The more confident you are, the easier it will be to face your fears.
  • Find someone to help you. There is strength in numbers. Find someone who will support you as you face your fears.
  • Be patient. It takes time to overcome fears. Do not expect to be cured overnight.
  • Be positive. Believe in yourself and your ability to overcome your fears.

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