The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
—James Branch Cabell
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
—H. L. Mencken
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
—T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.
Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.
—Edgar Allan Poe, Tamerlane
Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
—Jean de La Fontaine
I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
—Teresa of Avila
I expect nothing. I fear no one. I am free.
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.