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Quotes about Fear: releasing it, facing it, letting it flow by, and/or working through it

Quotes about Fear:
releasing it, facing it,
letting it flow by,
and/or working through it.

(from various viewpoints and philosophies)

I am not afraid - I was born to do this.

-- Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)

"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."

-- from "Dune" by Frank Herbert

The next time you feel a fear well up inside you,
slow down and notice it without judging it.
Observe it in the same way you watch clouds – with curiosity.

Take some time to quiet your mind, perhaps in meditation,
and see your fear as another being.
What does it look like? What does its voice sound like?

Ask your fear why it's there.
Usually it will tell you that it's there to protect you.

Question that response.

What is it really trying to protect you from?
Repeating past mistakes? Making a new mistake?
Public ridicule?

When you realize that you’re acting from fear
or telling yourself stories about the future that create negative feelings,
simply notice what you're doing and thinking,
without judging yourself
or getting caught up in yet another round of stories.

Simply observe yourself. Notice your breathing.
Watch your behavior. Hear your tone of voice. Feel your body.

Then ask yourself, "Who is observing all this?"

That is your authentic self, your Higher Self,
the real you that exists outside of and independent of your fear.

Shift the center of identity to your authentic self.
From that place you can detach from the fear without it consuming you.
The fear is only a cloud floating past your deep, blue sky.

By allowing the fear to simply be, to accept it fully,
you allow the fear to dissipate.


We ask God to remove our fear,
and direct our attention to what God would have us be.
At once, we commence to outgrow fear.

-- Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

For the Spirit God gave us ... does not make us afraid.
The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.

-- Paul to Timothy. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect
I'm afraid.

While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows
I'm afraid.

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell.
For when I fool the people I fear,
I fool myself as well!

I whistle a happy tune
And ev'ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I'm
*not* afraid.

Make believe you're brave
And the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are.

-- from "The King and I" by Rogers and Hammerstein


Grace, courage, freedom from fears

The problem of resolving fear has two aspects.

We shall have to try for all the freedom from fear that is possible for us to attain.

Then we shall need to find both the courage and grace to deal constructively with whatever fears remain.

-- Bill W. (the founder of AA)
from the article "This Matter of Fear",
originally published in the AA Grapevine, January 1962.
(Also printed in his book "As Bill Sees it", page 61.)


"Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it."

---- Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)




Fear will never go away, but our ability to face it, and remove its power over us can increase. 


fear, courage

A similar one i've heard that helps me is:

Courage is fear that's said its prayers.

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb



That is my favorit saying about fear but I never knew who said it.


Personally, there is some good fear, I believe.   Fear of real dangers like fire etc.  and fear of Gd.  But there is nothing else to fear including the biggest one of all:death.   


"perfect love casts out fear" - 1 John 4:18

"For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" - Romams 8:15 ("Abba" is aramaic for "Daddy")

"6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 6:28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. 6:29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? 6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 6:34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own." - Matthew 6:25-34

"Do not be afraid; just believe." - Mark 5:36

"10:29 Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 10:30 Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. 10:31 So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows." - Matthew 10:29-31

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me." - John 14:1

the touch of the master's hand:

fall down seven times, get up eight - japanese proverb