Fear is useful to us, alerting us of danger. If you come across a tiger in a forest a dose of fear might be helpful in triggering evasive action.
The problem with fear is that the imaginative human mind easily creates fears and then dwells on them, particularly fear of the unknown, what might happen next.
So many authors have addressed this subject in various ways. I thought it might be useful here to list ten of my own favourite quotes, culled from the internet.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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.
Fear isn’t an excuse to come to a standstill. It’s the impetus to step up and strike.
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.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
Katharine Butler Hathaway
Do what you fear and fear disappears.
David Joseph Schwartz
Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Susan Jeffers (book title)