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The direst foe of courage is the fear itself, not the object of it; and the man who can overcome his own terror is a hero and more.
      - George MacDonald, Sir Gibbie (ch. XX)

Wink and shut their apprehensions up.
      - John Marston, Antonio's Revenge (prolog)

Fear accomplishes much in love. The husband of the Middle Ages was loved by his wife for his very severity. The bride of William the Conqueror, having been beaten by him, recognized him by this token for her lord and husband.
      - Jules Michelet

Fear sometimes adds wings to the heels, and sometimes nails them to the ground, and fetters them from moving.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Such as are in immediate fear of losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose; whereas such as are actually poor slaves and exiles oftentimes live as merrily as men in a better condition; and so many people who, impatient of the perpetual alarms of fear, have hanged and drowned themselves give us sufficiently to understand that it is more importunate and insupportable than death itself.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear, and with good reason; that passion alone, in the trouble of it, exceeding all other accidents.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays--Fear

Imagination frames events unknown,
  In wild, fanastic shapes of hideous ruin,
    And what it fears creates.
      - Hannah More, Belshazzar (pt. II)

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Fear is the mother of morality.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
      - Florence Nightingale

Fearless as the strong-winged eagle.
      - Ossian

Every one wishes that the man whom he fears would perish.
  [Lat., Quem metuit quisque, perisse cupit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (II, 2, 10)

The wounded limb shrinks from the slightest touch; and a slight shadow alarms the nervous.
  [Lat., Membra reformidant mollem quoque saucia tactum:
    Vanaque sollicitis incutit umbra metum.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 7, 13)

The dove, O hawk, that has once been wounded by thy talons, is frightened by the least movement of a wing.
  [Lat., Terretur minimo pennae stridore columba
    Unguibus, accipiter, saucia facta tuis.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 1, 75)

Mutual fear is a principal link in the chain of mutual love.
      - Thomas Paine

There is a virtuous fear which is the effect of faith; and there is a vicious fear, which is the product of doubt. The former leads to hope, as relying on God, in whom we believe; the latter inclines to despair, as not relying on God, in whom we do not believe. Persons of the one character fear to lose God; persons of the other character fear to find Him.
      - Blaise Pascal

The fear of life is the favorite disease of the twentieth century.
      - William Lyon Phelps

Then flash'd the living lightning from her eyes,
  And screams of horror rend th' affrighted skies,
    Not louder shrieks to pitying Heaven are cast,
      When husbands, or when lap dogs, breathe their last;
        Or when rich China vessels fallen, from high,
          In glittering dust and painted fragments lie.
      - Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
         (canto III, l. 155)

Fear nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility to be deprived.
      - Francis Quarles

Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not gives advantage to the danger; it is less folly not to endeavor the prevention of the evil thou fearest than to fear the evil which thy endeavor cannot prevent.
      - Francis Quarles

They who cannot be induced to fear for love will never be enforced to love for fear. Love opens the heart, fear shuts it; that encourages, this compels; and victory meets encouragement, but flees compulsion.
      - Francis Quarles

A lamb appears a lion, and we fear
  Each bush we see's a bear.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems
         (bk. I, emblem XIII, l. 19)

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        Worthies of England (vol. I, p. 419),
        by Thomas Fuller, (written on window pane by Raleigh for Queen Elizabeth I to see)

A certain degree of fear produces the same effects as rashness.
      - Cardinal de Retz

Whom we fear more than love, we are not far from hating.
      - Samuel Richardson

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