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Only in time of fear is government thrown back to its primitive and sole function of self-defense and the many interests of which it is the guardian become subordinate to that.
-- Jane Addams

Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear
-- Aesop

Fear is a natural and important response for survival. But fear can also become a harmful emotion when it causes us to act irrationally. When we allow fear to control our lives, we see things differently, we're more cautious and more timid, or we overreact to situations in ways that can be harmful to ourselves and others.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

The world is a dangerous place. But if we chose not to let fear control our lives, and instead stood up and worked together to change the way things are, this would be a much better world for everyone.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."
-- Kofi Annan

"...women themselves have the right to live in dignity, in freedom from want and freedom from fear."
-- Kofi Annan

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."
-- Edmund Burke

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.
-- Dr. David M. Burns

Nuclear weapons play on our deepest fears and pander to our darkest instincts. They corrode our sense of humanity, numb our capacity for moral outrage, and make thinkable the unimaginable. They prey on democracies and totalitarian societies alike, shrinking the norms of civilized behavior and dimming the prospects for escaping the savagery so powerfully imprinted on our genetic code.
-- General Lee Butler, head of US Strategic Nuclear Forces 1991-1994

“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”
-- Dale Carnegie

"I thought it was a good time to have those debates again about government using fear to erode away civil liberties, which happens every 30 to 40 years"
-- George Clooney

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
-- Bill Cosby

We discovered that peace at any price is no peace at all. We discovered that life at any price has no value whatever; that life is nothing without the privileges, the prides, the rights, the joys which make it worth living, and also worth giving. And we also discovered that there is something more hideous, more atrocious than war or than death; and that is to live in fear. 
-- Eve Curie, French author

Love casts out fear.
-- Dorothy Day

Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one's fears.
-- Barbara Deming
* "Peace does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign. It does not flourish where there is ignorance and a lack of education and information. Repression, injustice and exploitation are inimical with peace. Peace is gravely threatened by inter-group fear and envy and by the unleashing of unrealistic expectations. Racial, class and religious intolerance and prejudice are its mortal enemies."
-- Frederik W. de Klerk
“While we diminish the stimulant of fear, we must increase to prisoners the incitements of hope, in proportion as we extinguish the terrors of the law, we should awaken and strengthen the control of the conscience.”
-- Dorothea Dix
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
-- Benjamin Franklin

* 'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.
-- Dag Hammarskjold

“In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.”
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities – those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

"We often think of peace as the absence of war; that if the powerful countries would reduce their arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds - our prejudices, fears, and ignorance. Even if we transported all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the reasons for bombs would still be here, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we would make new bombs. Seek to become more aware of what causes anger and separation, and what overcomes them. Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace is more than just absence of war. It is rather a state in which no people of any country, in fact no group of people of any kind live in fear or in need.
-- Poul Hartling

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
-- Elbert Hubbard

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
-- Lady Bird Johnson

"With our technologies--ones of incalcuable power: earth-restoring, planet preserving--we can rediscover an intimacy, a mutuality with the natural world, that is not primitive (though based in part on fear), but knowing. It might even be possible to relearn a life of awe. And inhabit the landscape without violation. With the least violation."
~ Janet Kauffman


* We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

* " Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate
-- John F. Kennedy

* " Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate
-- John F. Kennedy

"We have ancient habits to deal with, vast structures of power, indescribably complicated problems to solve. But unless we abdicate our humanity altogether and succumb to fear and impotence in the presence of the weapons we have ourselves created, it is as possible and as urgent to put an end to war and violence between nations as it is to put an end to poverty and racial injustice."
-- Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968)

If we could raise one generation with unconditional love, there would be no Hitlers…Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.
--Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Fear is not the natural state of civilized man.
-- Aung San Suu Kyi

* The only fear is fear itself, so get rid of it.
-- Avril Lavigne

* What worries you, masters you.
-- John Locke

* "If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being".
-- Joanna Macy


"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
-- James Madison

* As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
-- Nelson Mandela

"It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually."
-- Abraham Maslow

"Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours."
--Jean Baptiste Moliere


* You survive by having your fear compass calibrated correctly. Our compass is off now because we're being told to be afraid of everything. The things that we're frightened of, or told to be frightened of, are not necessarily the things that we need to fear.
-- Michael Moore

* I want us all to face our fears and stop behaving like our goal in life is to merely survive.
-- Michael Moore

I want us all to face our fears and stop behaving like our goal in life is to merely survive. "Surviving" is for wimps and game show contestants stranded in the jungle or on a desert island. You are not stranded. You own the store....You deserve better.
-- Michael Moore

* We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were, for the moment, unpopular.
-- Edward R. Murrow


"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of the Republic to abdicate his responsibility."
-- Edward R. Murrow

"Avoidance of uncomfortable feelings because you are afraid of them is an irrational fear that can be challenged. Feelings, even scary ones, can be felt, given a name and then released. One man spoke of dealing with his internal demons that he knew were not real and said, “I’m pacing back and forth in front of my wall of fear. I’ve got to walk through that door. Yet I know when I reach out and walk through the door of fear, things can only get better. That door of fear is often only a phantom one anyway so go ahead and face it, take a deep breath for courage and then walk right through it. You won’t bump your head on it! I promise!"
-- Lynne Namka (

"Avoidance of uncomfortable feelings because you are afraid of them is an irrational fear that can be challenged. Feelings, even scary ones, can be felt, given a name and then released. "
-- Lynne Namka (


It seems to me that there are two great enemies of peace - fear and selfishness.
-- Katherine Paterson


We are privileged to have the opportunity of contributing to the achievement of the goal of the abolition of war and its replacement by world law. I am confident that we shall succeed in this great task; that the world community will thereby be freed not only from the suffering caused by war but also through the better use of the earth's resources, of the discoveries of scientists, and of the efforts of mankind, from hunger, disease, illiteracy, and fear; and that we shall in the course of time be enabled to build a world characterized by economic, political, and social justice for all human beings and a culture worthy of man's intelligence.
-- Linus Pauling


"Be a sweet melody in the great orchestration, instead of a discordant note. The medicine this sick world needs is love. Hatred must be replaced by love, and fear by faith that love will prevail."
-- Peace Pilgrim

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear, and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
-- Lester B. Pearson

Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.
-- Pope John XXIII

Once you inject fear into a society of people, they become more and more afraid because they don’t cross over the neighbourhoods and the only information they get about other people is through the media.
-- Sister Helen Prejean


"I believe that love, kindness, compassion, tolerance, and peace can be implanted in the psyche of man only when fear, paranormal illusion and ignorance are removed. We can then shift our attention more to matters of peace, rather than to matters of war."
-- Peter Retzinger

"Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty."
-- Oscar Romero

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 you think you cannot do.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said that the only way to have a friend is to be one. We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion or mistrust or with fear.
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"There is no greater gift to an insecure leader that quite matches a vague enemy who can be used to whip up fear and hatred among the population."
-- Paul Rusesabagina

"Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
-- Bertrand Russell

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
-- Bertrand Russell

"The slave of fear: the worst of slaveries”
-- George Bernard Shaw

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls
-- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.
-- Dorothy Thompson

Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light.
-- Dorothy Thompson

There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.
-- Dorothy Thompson

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
-- Dorothy Thompson

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
-- Henry David Thoreau

'Refugees are defined as persons who are outside their country and cannot return owing to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group.'
~ United Nations, 1951

“Take heart again; put your dismal fears away. One day, who knows? Even these hardships will be grand things to look back on.”
-- Virgil

"For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.
~Alice Walker

* Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us.
-- Marianne Williamson

* Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.
-- Marianne Williamson

"Chinese and Tibetan dissidents are either locked up in prison, forced into hiding, or silenced by fear of police retaliation against their families. All the happiness about China's economic growth has made many Americans forget that police clubs and guns and the Laogai system keep the Communist Party in power. Moreover, it is still little recognized how American resources help to sustain that power through trade, investments, and the transfer of technology... It is only when the Laogai is abolished in China that real change will come about."
-- Harry Wu

Superstition is born of ignorance and fear, and thrives the most when reason is asleep.
-- Zarathushtra

* The strike, the boycott, the refusal to serve, the ability to paralyze the functioning of a complex social structure-these remain potent weapons against the most fearsome state or corporate power.
-- Howard Zinn




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