111 Calming Anxiety Quotes to Overcome Fear

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Does your anxiety stop you sometimes from living life to the fullest? It’s perfectly normal to be a little scared when you’re confronted with life’s uncertainties. You may simply need some encouragement to push your boundaries. That’s where our selection of empowering anxiety quotes comes in quite handy. P.S.: you may also enjoy these powerful courage quotes.

Marching into unknown territory can be quite frightening. Similarly, it’s not unusual to feel afraid when you’re confronted with larger-than-life challenges. However, what differentiates courageous individuals from the rest is that they feel afraid but choose to do it anyways.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

If fear has dominated your life for far too long, it’s time to make a change. It’s important to understand that being afraid is absolutely normal. In fact, rational fear helps us to survive. It warns us of impending danger and alerts us of life-threatening situations.

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These inspirational anxiety quotes will motivate you to push your boundaries

However, when our anxieties start to dominate our lives, we start limiting ourselves. You may have noticed that anxiety tries to convince you that living well within the confines of your comfort zone is the safest option. And while this may certainly be true, it also prevents you from living your full potential. Fears and anxieties can only be overcome by confronting them. The more current you have to confront your fears, the faster will you realize that most if not all of these fears were completely unnecessary.

111 Encouraging Anxiety Quotes to Overcome Fear

When you’re confronted with anxiety, it’s important to realize that you are definitely not the only one. In fact, millions of people are suffering from the very same issues. Statistics by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimate that 40 million adults in America are confronted with anxiety disorders.

Many of those who suffered from anxiety became famous business people, authors, philosophers, and adventurous. These fine individuals have found creative ways to not only battle their fears but to also overcome what was limiting them. To help you save a lot of time, we’ve collected the following anxiety quotes from the individuals who courageously confronted what they were afraid about.

Enjoy these empowering anxiety quotes

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Anxiety quote about fear of failure

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.“
Paulo Coelho

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Anxiety quote about bravery

“Bravery is being terrified and doing it anyway.“
Laurell K. Hamilton

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Anxiety quote about failure

“Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.“
Bruce Lee

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Quote about anxiety

“Everything you have ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear.“
George Addair

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Anxiety quote about stormy times

“Keep walking through the storm. Your rainbow is waiting on the other side.“
Heather Stillufsen

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“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.“
Theodore Roosevelt

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“Best way to deal with fear is to confront it.“
Pittacus Lore

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“Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all, it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.“
Ali Talib

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“I had the chance to make every possible mistake and figure out a way to recover from it. Once you realize there is life after mistakes, you gain a self-confidence that never goes away.“
Bob Schieffer

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“Fear and anxiety many times indicates that we are moving in a positive direction, out of the safe confines of our comfort zone, and in the direction of our true purpose.“
Charles F. Glassman

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“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.“
Frank Herbert

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“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.“
Bertrand Russell

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.“
Nelson Mandela

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“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.“
C. JoyBell C.

15.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.“
Plato

Anxiety quotes like this encourage you to face your fears

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“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.“
Jim Morrison

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“I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….“
Erica Jong

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“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.“
Ted Hughes

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“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.“
Corrie Ten Boom

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“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.“
Shannon L. Alder

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“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.“
Marcus Aurelius

22.

“Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.“
Robert Tew

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“Behind every flinch is a fear or an anxiety – sometimes rational, sometimes not. Without the fear, there is no flinch. But wiping out the fear isn’t what’s important – facing it is.“
Julien Smith

24.

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.“
Walter Anderson

25.

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

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“While fear depletes power, faith gives wings for the soul’s elevation.“
T.F. Hodge

27.

“There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.“
Katerina Stoykova Klemer

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“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems“
Epictetus

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“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.“
Zig Ziglar

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“First, you’d discover that the monster was not real. You’d realize that it was just an illusion that you never had anything to fear in the first place. You’d see that the monster had no teeth. This would be an incredible triumph.“
David D. Burns

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“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms.“
Paulo Coelho

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“Courage is knowing what not to fear.“
Plato

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“When you confront the monster you fear the most, you’ll defeat your fears.“
David D. Burns

34.

“As challenging as anxiety can be, it can also help us by showing us where we aren’t prepared enough for the future, and motivating us to do something about it.“
Jessica Moore

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“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.“
Marcus Aurelius

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“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts.“
John Steinbeck

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“Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.“
Donald Miller

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“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.“
Charles Spurgeon

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“Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.“
Plato

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“Always do what you’re afraid to do.“
E. Lockhart

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“You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.“
Wayne Dyer

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“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.“
Kahlil Gibran

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“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.“
J.R.R. Tolkien

44.

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.“
Søren Kierkegaard

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“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.“
Amit Ray

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“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.“
Emma Donoghue

47.

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

48.

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.“
Steve Maraboli

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“The whole thing is quite hopeless, so it’s no good worrying about tomorrow. It probably won’t come.“
J.R.R. Tolkien

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“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.“
Shantideva

These anxiety quotes encourage you to push your limits

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“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.“
Mark Twain

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“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.“
Dan Brown

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“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.“
Marie Curie

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“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.“
J.R.R. Tolkien

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“Taking no chances means wasting your dreams..“
Ellen Hopkins

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“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.“
John Wayne

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“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.“
Maya Angelou

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“Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.“
J.R.R. Tolkien

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“When I don’t have something to worry about, I worry. Nothing comes so naturally to a human being as anxiety and worry.“
Brian Richardson

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“Courage is found in unlikely places.“
J.R.R. Tolkien

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“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.“
Dalai Lama

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“What does your anxiety do? It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it if it comes.“
Raymond L. Cramer

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“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.“
Michel de Montaigne

64.

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.“
Marie Curie

65.

“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness”.“
Alain de Botton

Anxiety quotes like this are wonderfully empowering

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“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ“
C.S. Lewis

67.

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.“
Frederick Buechner

68.

“Find out what you’re afraid of and go live there.“
Chuck Palahniuk

69.

“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.“
Ralph Waldo Emerson

70.

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.“
Anthony Robbins

71.

“Worry divides the mind.“
Max Lucado

72.

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.“
Jodi Picoult

73.

“Anxiety is natural and to be expected, just like a boat rocks in the waves. You can be as anxious as you need to in order to meet your short-term financial goals, but you can’t let yourself lose track of your destination because you’re trapped in anxiety.“
Suh Yoon Lee

74.

“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self… And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.“
Søren Kierkegaard

75.

“There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.“
George R.R. Martin

76.

“There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational- or in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don’t.“
Lemony Snicket

77.

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.“
Thich Nhat Hanh

78.

“Living with anxiety, turning up, and doing stuff with anxiety takes a strength most people will never know.“
Matt Haig

79.

“Our stresses, anxieties, pains, and problems arise because we do not see the world, others, or even ourselves as worthy of love.“
Prem Prakash

80.

“Just as anxiety can feed on itself, so can courage.“
John J. Ratey

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81.

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.“
Henry David Thoreau

82.

“It is a promise which eminently deserves our observation that all who are united to Christ and acknowledge Him to be Christ and Mediator will remain to the end safe from all danger, for what is said of the body of the Church belongs to each of its members since they are one in Christ.“
John Calvin

83.

“Everything in us presses toward decision, even toward the wrong decision, just to be free of the anxiety that precedes any big step in life.“
May Sarton

84.

“Living a life somewhere else in your mind is nothing more than being a prisoner where you are.“
Shannon L. Alder

85.

“Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.“
Isabel Allende

86.

“When anxiety is in balance, it helps us to think ahead to the future, make plans, and get organized.“
Jessica Moore

87.

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.“
Rudyard Kipling

88.

“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.“
Stephanie Garber

89.

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.“
Jodi Picoult

90.

“Don’t be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.“
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

91.

“If the mind can cause stress, the mind can alleviate it. It’s within our power to choose one thought over another — to choose optimism over pessimism.“
Ernest Cadorin

92.

“When anxiety gets out-of-control, it can create a nasty feedback loop that keeps us trapped in our heads, thinking and worrying about “what if…, what if…, what if…“
Jessica Moore

93.

“Ataraxia looks like a perfect remedy for stress and anxiety for those who can achieve it. If you persuade yourself that you can deal equitably with every possible incident of life, then you will be able to face life’s complexity and you will always be calm. And is there anything better than inner peace and tranquility?“
Maria Karvouni

94.

“To overcome fear is the quickest way to gain your self-confidence.“
Roy T. Bennett

95.

“What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?“
Thomas Kempis

96.

“The best way to ease your anxiety while waiting for a decision is to move into your alter ego.“
Tapan Ghosh

97.

“Anxiety about the future creates more wrinkles on the human face than the sun!“
Mehmet Murat ildan

98.

“We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.“
François de La Rochefoucauld

99.

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.“
Oprah Winfrey

100.

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.“
Anaïs Nin

101.

“Ambiguity causes anxiety. Anxiety turns to frustration. Frustration turns to offensive boldness.“
Dan Rockwell

102.

“Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.“
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

103.

“What I have since realized is that if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones. „
Sharon Creech

104.

“If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.“
Brené Brown

105.

“I’m still here. The doubt, the fear, the heartbreak, the depression, the anxiety, the insecurity: It didn’t win. The people who hurt me and let me down: They didn’t win. The disappointment and the failure, and the hopes and deferred dreams: Nope. They didn’t win either.“
Mandy Hale

106.

“What worries you masters you.“
John Locke

107.

“Temperamentally anxious people can have a hard time staying motivated, period, because their intense focus on their worries distracts them from their goals.“
Winifred Gallagher

108.

“Anxiety wants us to get organized and to be prepared. So if we want it to chill out, that’s the first thing we should do.“
Jessica Moore

109.

“Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.“
Søren Kierkegaard

110.

“Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom.“
Alain de Botton

111.

“There seems to be nothing that relieves anxiety state but hard outdoor exercise and useful work. Hard work is wonderful medicine.“
Blake F. Donaldson

I hope you enjoyed this collection of anxiety quotes.

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