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[ Also see Anxiety Apprehension Bashfulness Bravery Courage Cowardice Cowards Danger Despair Doubt Jealousy Panic Solitude Superstition Suspicion Terror Weakness Worry ]

In how large a proportion of creatures is existence composed of one ruling passion, the most agonizing of all sensations--fear.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
      - Edmund Burke

Fear is the mother of safety.
      - Edmund Burke

Nothing is so rash as fear; and the counsels of pusillanimity very rarely put off, whilst they are always sure to aggravate, the evils from which they would fly.
      - Edmund Burke

The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
      - Edmund Burke

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

The fear o' hell's the hangman's whip
  To laud the wretch in order;
    But where ye feel your honor grip,
      Let that aye be your border.
      - Robert Burns, Epistle to a Young Friend

Fear is an ague, that forsakes
  And haunts, by fits, those whom it takes;
    And they'll opine they feel the pain
      And blows they felt, to-day, again.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III)

His fear was greater than his haste:
  For fear, though fleeter than the wind,
    Believes 'tis always left behind.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto III, l. 64)

Must I consume my life--this little life,
  In guarding against all may make it less?
    It is not worth so much!--it were to die
      Before my hour, to live in dread of death.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

In extreme danger fear feels no pity.
  [Lat., In summo periculo timor miericordiam non recipit.]
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
        De Bello Gallico (VII, 26)

Fear has many eyes.
  [Sp., El miedo tiene muchos ojos.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (III, 6)

Fear invites danger; concealed cowards insult known ones.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

The wretch that fears to drown, will break through flames;
  Or, in his dread of flames, will plunge in waves.
    When eagles are in view, the screaming doves
      Will cower beneath the feet of man for safety.
      - Colley Cibber

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
  [Lat., Timor non est diuturnus magister officii.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Philippicoe (II, 36)

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Like one, that on a lonesome road
  Doth walk in fear and dread,
    And having once turned round, walks on,
      And turns no more his head;
        Because he knows a frightful fiend
          Doth close behind him tread.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Ancient Mariner (pt. VI)

There is this paradox in fear: he is most likely to inspire it in others who has none himself!
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often to despise what we really fear.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

His frown was full of terror, and his voice
  Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe
    As left him not, till penitence had won
      Lost favor back again, and clos'd the breach.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 659)

Oh! that fear
  When the heart longs to know, what it is death to hear.
      - George Croly

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
      - Marie Curie

Fear makes us feel our humanity.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most.
      - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I feel my sinews slackened with the fright, and a cold sweat trills down all over my limbs, as if I were dissolving into water.
      - John Dryden

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