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Fear is a tricky thing. The fear of failure can be a motivating force that helps us to push on and try harder, but the fear of rejection hurts us far more than it helps. It can seem helpful for example when you’re walking alone through a dark alley, but fear can also be limiting you from trying new things or becoming the stronger and better person that you should be.

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  • “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”  — Niccolo Machiavelli
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  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt
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  • “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” Buddha
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  • “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” — John F. Kennedy
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  • “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
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  • “Always do what you are afraid to do.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotes on Overcoming Fear

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  • “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” — Thomas Jefferson
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  • “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”  — Salvador Dali
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  • “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” — Plato
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  • “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
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  • “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” — Helen Keller
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  • “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” — Sun Tzu
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  • “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks
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  • “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” — W. Clement Stone
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  • “What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.” — Maya Angelou
Quotes about failure
  • “There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment. Hunter S. ” —Thompson

Do Not Fear Mistakes

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  • “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘This the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” —Thomas Paine
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  • “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” — Clara Barton
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  • “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” — Henry Ford
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  • “As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.” — Chanakya
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  • “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” —Dorothy Thompson
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  • “True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.” — Paul Sweeney
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  • “I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.” — Taylor Swift
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  • “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” — Ronald Reagan
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  • “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.” —Napoleon Hill
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  • “What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watching it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
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  • “Fear is the mother of foresight.” — Thomas Hardy
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  • “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” — Warren Buffett
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  • “I say I am stronger than fear.” — Malala Yousafzai
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  • “We fear the thing we want the most. ” — Robert Anthony
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  • “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” — C. S. Lewis
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  • “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” — Lou Brock
  • “Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” — Audrey Hepburn

Fear Stopping You From Doing What You Love

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  • “Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.” — Fernando Flores
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  • “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott
  • “We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.” — Emil Cioran
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  • “Do what you fear and fear disappears.” —David Joseph Schwartz
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  • “The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.” — Stendhal
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  • “There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.”— Andre Gide
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  • “Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before.” —Queen Latifah
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  • “True nobility is exempt from fear.”— Marcus Tullius Cicero
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  • “I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.”— Montesquieu
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  • “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”— Marilyn Ferguson
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  • “You are only afraid if you are not in harmony with yourself. People are afraid because they have never owned up to themselves.”— Hermann Hesse

Short Quotes About Fear

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  • “Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there.”— Chuck Palahniuk
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  • “Fear is excitement without breath.”— Robert Heller
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  • “Never be afraid to sit a while and think.”— Lorraine Hansberry
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  • “To him who is in fear everything rustles.”— Sophocles
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  • “I’d rather give my life than be afraid to give it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  • “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.” — Christian Nestell Bovee
  • “We should not be afraid to go into a new era, to leave the old beyond.” —Zach Wamp
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  • “My ‘fear’ is my substance, and probably the best part of me. “— Franz Kafka
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  • “Humble souls are fearful of their own strength. “— William Gurnall
  • “There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.”— Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • “A lot of people live in fear because they haven’t figured out how you’re going to react when faced with a certain set of circumstances. I’ve come to terms with this by looking deeply into whatever makes me fearful – what are the key elements that get the hairs up on the back of my neck – and then figuring out what I can do about it.”— Chris Hadfield
  • “Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.” — Brendan Behan
  • “We consume our tomorrow fretting about our yesterdays.”— Persius
  • “There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls. “—Aeschylus
  • “He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.”— William Hazlitt
  • “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”— Judy Blume

Quotes On Fear And Courage

  • “The sensation of stage fright is bad enough, but what’s worse is the damage it can do to your career and your self-esteem. If you let it stop you, your sense of self gets smaller and your stage fright gets bigger and more powerful.”
  • “However, when you step into your stage fright, you learn quickly that it’s a phantom-a fog–like most of our fears. When you step into that fog, you soon realize that it is a figment of your imagination–and that your effort to cut through it can easily succeed.”
  • “What will you accomplish once you burn off that fog and take some risks? What will it feel like to be free of that fear?”
  • “Be inspired by these quotes–wisdom from people who may seem like they’ve always had it all, but who have struggled to succeed.”
  • “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
    — Dale Carnegie
  • “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” — Yoda
  • “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela
  • “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” — Marie Curie
  • “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” — Bill Cosby
  • “The key to change… is to let go of fear.” — Roseanne Cash

Quotes About Fear of Failure

  • “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “People living deeply have no fear of death.” — Anais Nin
  • “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “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
  • “Fears are educated into us, and can if we wish, be educated out.”— Karl Augustus Menninger
  • “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.” — James F. Byrnes
  • “Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” — Rudyard Kipling
  • “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” — James Stephens
  • “Ignorance is the parent of fear.”— Herman Melville
  • “Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.”— Unknown
  • “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” — William Allen White
  • “Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.”— Isa Upanishad, Hindu Scripture

Quotes and Images About Fear 

  • “We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” — Seneca
  • “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Where no hope is left, is left no fear.”— Milton
  • “Laughter is poison to fear.” — George R.R. Martin
  • “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”— Japanese Proverb
  • “Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” — Dale Carnegie
  • You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. — Eric Hoffer
  • “Fear makes us feel our humanity.” — Benjamin Disraeli
  • “To overcome fear, here’s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.” — Peter McWilliams
  • “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.”— Marcus Aurelius
  • “Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.” — Arnold Glasow
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin
  • “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.” — Aristotle

Spiritual Quotes About Fear

  • “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”— Dale Carnegie
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  • “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”— Rosa Parks
  • “Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” — Joseph Campbell
  • “In time we hate that which we often fear.” — William Shakespeare
  • “Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven.” — James Hastings
  • “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.” — Henry David Thoreau
  • “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” — Bertrand Russell
  • “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” — Jack Canfield
  • “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.” — Nelson Mandela
  • “The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.” — Lady Bird Johnson
  • “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” — Louis E. Boone
  • “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?” — Les Brown
  • “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost
  • “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” — Marcus Aurelius
  • “Don’t fear, just live right.”— Neal A. Maxwell
  • “Fear of self is the greatest of all terrors, the deepest of all dread, the commonest of all mistakes. From it grows failure. Because of it, life is a mockery. Out of it comes despair.”— David Seasbury
  • “Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.”— Usman B. Asif
  • “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” — Confucius

Quotes About Fearlessness

  • “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic.” — Unknown
  • “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.”— Unknown
  • “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”— Soren Kierkegaard
  • “No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”— Edmund Burke
  • “Fears are stories we tell ourselves.” — Unknown
  • “Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.”— Ruth Gendler
  • “There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.” — Mark Twain
  • “Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.” — Virgil Thomson
  • “Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” — Zig Ziglar
  • “Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.” — Sarah Parish
  • “Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile… initially scared me to death.” — Betty Bender
  • “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”— Gandhi
  • “The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” — John C. Maxwell
  • “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie
  • “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  • “Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent
  • “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
  • “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” ― J.K. rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”― Jim Morrison
  • “Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” ― Emma Donoghue, Room
  • “Do not be afraid; our fate, Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno
  • “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Famous Quotes About fear

  • “Fear is an idea-crippling, experience-crushing, success-stalling inhibitor inflicted only by yourself.”  — Stephanie Melish – Sales Barista
  • “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”  — Nelson Mandela
  • “Without fear there cannot be courage.”  — Christopher Paolini
  • “He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” ― Aristotle
  • “Fears are stories we tell ourselves.” 
  • “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”  — Jack Canfield
  • “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.”  — Buddha
  • “But fear doesn’t need doors and windows. It works from the inside.” — Andrew Clements
  • “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
  • “Fear is the thief of dreams.” —- Brian Krans
  • “Fear is a liar.” 
  • “Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.”  —- Rita Levi – Montalchi
  • “Please do not feed the fears.” 
  • “Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it’s contagious.”  — Jimmy Stewart
  • “Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them.”  —- Epictetus
  • “I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”  — Galileo Galilei
  • “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” — Steve Jobs
  • “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” — Bertrand Russell
  • “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” — Louis E. Boone
  • “Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”  —- Shirley Maclaine
  • “Obstacles are like wild animals.  They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.  If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.” — Orison Swett Marden
  • “Where fear is, happiness is not.”  — Seneca
  • “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take.”  —- Wayne Gretzky
  • “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  —- Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” —- Marilyn Monroe
  • “Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it.” —- Salvador Dali
  • “Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” —- Babe Ruth
  • “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… That is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” 
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” — Mark Twain
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill
  • “Criticism is the art of appraising others at one’s own value.” 
  • “Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.” 
  • “There is a fear of voluptuous, just as a certain fear of death can itself be deadly.”  — Joseph Roth
  • “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” — Sir Winston Churchill
  • “Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”  —- Dale Carnegie
  • “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious to even fail.” —- Bruce Lee
  • “It’s not the absence of fear. It’s overcoming it.”  — Emma Watson
  • “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
  • “To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.”  —- Katherine Paterson
  • “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”  —- Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.”  —- Brendan Francis
  • “Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.”  —- William Shakespeare
short quotes about fear
  • “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”  —- Henry Ford
  • “Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike.”  —- Arthur Ashe
  • “Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”  —- Judy Blume
  • “Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  —- Marie Curie
  • “Do one thing every day that scares you.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.”  —- Michael Jordan
  • “I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.”   —-  Oprah Winfrey

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