Weekend Words: Fear

“Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.”

Benvenuto Cellini, “Nude of Fear” (n.d.), bronze, height 32 cm, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence (image via Web Gallery of Art)

Yesterday, Hyperallergic Weekend began its new series, Drawing in a Time of Fear & Lies, with “Various Dismal Futures” (2016) by William Powhida.

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.

—Isaac Asimov

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

—Cyril Connolly

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

—Bertrand Russell

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.

—Niccolo Machiavelli

Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.

—Kurt Vonnegut

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?

—Jane Austen

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.

—Nikos Kazantzakis

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.

—Rosa Parks

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