Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread and where translators fear to tread.
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
I think one thing that kids who grow up on farms really have going for them is they have exposure to death and birth in a totally different way. I think it takes away a little bit of the mystery and a little bit of the fear, and I do wish I had that. And I wish I was able to grow my own food.
We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty.
We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
The Russians feared Ike. They didn’t fear me.
There’s so much fear involved in trying to do something you don’t know how to do that drugs and alcohol can become a big part of your life if you have an addictive personality or are very unsure, which most songwriters are.
Action conquers fear.
When we were scared about 9/11, we federalized the airport security, we spent millions for body armor for dogs in Ohio. All that over-reaction comes from fear and government – bad combination.
Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in church. They’re afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs.
Libertarians know that a free country has nothing to fear from anyone coming in or going out – while a welfare state is scared to death of poor people coming in and rich people getting out.
The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
There are people who never experience that, who remain closed until death, from fear of change.
In terms of fear, I still am most afraid of Freddie Kruger.
Fear? If I have gained anything by damning myself, it is that I no longer have anything to fear.
Exploiting people’s emotions of fear, envy and anxiety is not hope, it’s not change, it’s partisanship. We don’t need partisanship. We don’t need demagoguery, we need solutions.
Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
Isn’t history ultimately the result of our fear of boredom?
Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.
I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.
I don’t have a fear factor. Well, not much of one. And I’m willing to risk quite a lot – as a comedian, you’re always risking a lot. You’re risking failure, especially if you’re improvising and going on TV shows trying to make comedy out of thin air. That is quite a risky business.
An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.
When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
Fear of death has never played a large part in my consciousness – perhaps unimaginative of me.
It sometimes is just the fear of being misunderstood.
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
I fear the boredom that comes with not learning and not taking chances.
What’s powerful about a love scene is not seeing the act. It’s seeing the passion, the need, the desire, the caring, the fear.
And if the great fear had not come upon me, as it did, and forced me to do my duty, I might have been less good to the people than some man who had never dreamed at all, even with the memory of so great a vision in me.
I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I’ve been going by Yasiin since ’99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I’m declaring it openly.
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
The thing about Republicans is that they don’t care so much about respect, but they love fear, at least in others.
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
We all have that burning question about what happens if we lose somebody we love, especially if we lose them tragically. We wonder what fear was going on, we wonder if we could have reached out and touched them, held their hand, looked in their eyes, been there.
I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.
When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.
I have a ridiculous fear of sharks but I’d jump in the water in a second for an amazing role.
Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
In contrast, fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
A star on a movie set is like a time bomb. That bomb has got to be defused so people can approach it without fear.
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
Loneliness is, I think, people’s biggest fear, whether they are conscious of it or not.
The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.