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A man should always allow his fears to rise to their highest possible pitch, and then some consolation or other will suddenly fall, like a warm rain-drop, upon his heart.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one.
      - Rainer Marie Rilke

When the truth cannot be clearly made out, what is false is increased through fear.
  [Lat., Ubi explorari vera non possunt, falsa per metum augentur.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 10, 10)

When fear has seized upon the mind, man fears that only which he first began to fear.
  [Lat., Ubi intravit animos pavor, id solum metuunt, quod primum formidate coeperunt.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 16, 17)

Fear makes men believe the worst.
  [Lat., Ad deteriora credenda proni metu.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (IV, 3, 22)

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Fear not the proud and the haughty; fear rather him who fears God.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

There is nothing so ingenious as fear; it is even more ingenious than hatred, especially when its concern is with the preservation of money.
      - Bayle Saint John

The man who is roused neither by glory nor by danger it is in vain to exhort; terror closes the ears of the mind.
  [Lat., Quem neque gloria neque pericula excitant, nequidquam hortere; timor animi auribus officit.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (LVIII)

From the moment fear begins I have ceased to fear.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The man who fears nothing is not less powerful than he who is feared by every one.
  [Ger., Wer nichts furchtet ist nicht weniger machtig, als der, den Alles furchtet.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Rauber (I, 1)

As soon as I have begun to fear I have ceased to fear.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Don Carlos (I, 6, 68)

I know that oft we tremble at an empty terror, but the false phantasm brings a real misery.
  [Ger., Ich weiss, dass man vor leeren Schrecken zittert;
    Doch wahres Ungluck bringt der falsche Wahn.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Piccolomini (V, 1, 105)

Scared out of his seven senses.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy (ch. XXIV)

If you will fear nothing, think that all things are to be feared.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He must necessarily fear many, whom many fear.
  [Lat., Necesse est multo timeat, quem multi timent.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (II, 11)

If you wish to fear nothing, consider that consider that everything is to be feared.
  [Lat., Si vultis nihil timere, cogitate omnia esse timenda.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Quoestionum Naturalium (VI, 2)

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.
      - Dr. George Sewell

The passion of fear (as a modern philosopher informs me) determines the spirits of the muscles of the knees, which are instantly ready to perform their motion, by taking up the legs with incomparable celerity, in order to remove the body out of harm's way.
      - Lord Shaftesbury, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper)

And being thus frighted swears a prayer or two,
  And sleep's again.
      - William Shakespeare

Hang those that talk of fear.
      - William Shakespeare

I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
  Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
    Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
      Thy knotted and combined locks to part
        And each particular hair to stand on end,
          Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.
      - William Shakespeare

Nothing routs us but the villainy of our fears.
      - William Shakespeare

Of all base passions fear is most accurs'd.
      - William Shakespeare

Or in the night, imagining some fear,
  How easy is a bush suppos'd a bear!
      - William Shakespeare

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