135 Inspirational Fear Quotes to Boost Your Courage

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Do you struggle with fear and anxiety? Does it sometimes feel as if fear is keeping you from living the life of your dreams? To support you on your quests of overcoming doubt, worry, and fear, we’ve collected some of the most empowering fear quotes. And if you cannot get enough of encouraging quotes, have a look at these courage quotes that will help you to boost your determination.

Don’t beat yourself up just because you’re struggling with fear. It’s important to understand that fear is not necessarily the enemy. Fear is simply a survival mechanism that alerts you of potential dangers and threats. It is there to help you survive. It protects you and prevents you from making fatal mistakes.

“Feel the fear and do it anyway!”
Susan Jeffers

The problem starts when fear is dominating your life. Instead of protecting you, unreasonable and unjustified fears may prevent you from living life to the fullest. When it has become a habit to listen to your fears instead of facing them head-on, it may feel as if you’re trapped within your own comfort zone.

Overcoming fear quotes

These overcoming fear quotes will inspire you to push your limitations

But worry not. You are definitely not the only one with fear issues. In fact, some of the most courageous and adventurous men and women have experienced severe anxieties and fears. However, these unique individuals have found ways to cope with what they were afraid of. Not only this, but they also developed the necessary mindset to challenge their fears.

135 Inspirational Fear Quotes to Boost Your Courage

To help you make the very first steps in combating your anxieties, we have prepared a fantastic selection of the most inspirational fear quotes. These statements will help you to confront what you are afraid of so that you can push your own boundaries. Even more so, they will show you a way of slowly but steadily confronting your fears. Doing so will help you to gradually build up the necessary confidence for getting into the habit of “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.” As a bonus, we’ve also included overcoming fear quotes and facing fear quotes to help you even more in pushing beyond what frightens you.

Enjoy this selection of fear quotes to overcome anxiety

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Fear quote about the other side of fear

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
Jack Canfield

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Facing fear quotes about courage and the absence of fear

“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 Mandel

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Overcoming fear quote

“Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.”
Zig Ziglar

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Fear quote

“Bravery is feeling the fear, immersing yourself into it and through it so you can come out the other side.”
Christine Evangelou

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Overcoming fear quote about the illusion of fear

“There is no illusion greater than fear.”
Lao Tzu

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“Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s to feel the fear and face it anyway.”
Jeanette Coron

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“It’s okay to be afraid. Fear has that effect unless you bravely face it head-on. When you accept fear, it actually makes you stronger.”
Kevin J. Donaldson

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“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Dale Carnegie

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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

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

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“What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.”
Spencer Johnson

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“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 which you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done – that’s courage. The one who feels no fear is a fool, and the one who lets fear rule him is a coward.”
Piers Anthony

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“Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven.”
James Hastings

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“Saw a little girl touch a big bug and shout, “I conquered my fear! YES!” and calmly walk away. I was inspired.”
Nathan Fillion

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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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“Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
Amit Ray

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“To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.”
Richie Norton

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“That’s the thing with fear – conquer it, and you find freedom.”
Rebekah Crane

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“If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.”
Deepak Chopra

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“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”
Confucius

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“If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.”
Marcus Aurelius

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“It’s important to understand that the fear will always be there, that’s what makes us humans, and those of us that end of leading successful and fulfilled lives have just learned to better tame and dance with that fear more than others.”
Chris Hill

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“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”
Mandy Hale

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“When you teach them-teach them not to fear. Fear is good in small amounts, but when it is a constant, pounding companion, it cuts away at who you are and makes it hard to do what you know is right.”
Christopher Paolini

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“Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.”
Ruth Gendler

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“Closing the gate on her oldest fears as she had closed the gate of her own fenced yard, she discovered the wings she’d always wished she had.”
Natalie Babbitt

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“The truth is when we eliminate fear we often find the real path we were meant to be on.”
Shannon L. Alder

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“You only feel powerless because your fear has given your power to the object of your fear. Once you realize this, you can claim it back.”
Kamand Kojouri

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“All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”
Steve Jobs

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“Hold your course until the storms of fear, weakness, and doubt abate.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

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“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
Louis E. Boone

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“Fear will fuel my journey or it will cause me to forsake my journey. And it is utterly amazing that the self-same thing can build me or destroy me.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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“If you want to catch your dreams, you have to drop your fears.”
Anton Rubaclini

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“When you’re scared, you stay as you are!”
Stephen Richards

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“I know a little something about fear, honey. I know what a relief it feels like to give into it at first. It’s not hard to persuade yourself that you’re doing the right thing—that you’re making the smart, safe decision. But fear is insidious. It takes anything you’re willing to give it, the parts of your life you don’t mind cutting out, but when you’re not looking, it takes anything else it damn well pleases, too.”
Andrea Lochen

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“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

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“Put a face on your fear. When you understand it, and it is no longer vague and shapeless, you will find that your fear is no longer so formidable.”
Mercedes Lackey

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“Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.”
Sarah Parish

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“Wherever you are afraid, try to explore, and you will find death hiding somewhere behind. All fear is of death. Death is the only fear source.”
Osho

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“I have to face the fear. I have to take control of the situation and find a way to make it less frightening.”
Veronica Roth

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“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”
John C. Maxwell

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“Fear can make a moth seem the size of a bull elephant.”
Stephen Richards

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“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.”
Lorde

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“Entrepreneurship is the process of conquering fear with getting out of your comfort zone and living daily in your God-given gift zone.”
Farshad Asl

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“Once your past no longer has the power to define you, your future is, quite literally, yours for the taking. Every single beautiful thing you could possibly want or imagine will be yours.”
Dan Pearce

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“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”
Judy Blume

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“The only way to handle fear is to deliberately face it – to go with the fear and yet not to submit to it.”
Théun Mares

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“I realized if I didn’t just go, I’d never go. Going was the key. It didn’t matter where I was headed just as long as I was headed somewhere.”
Ben Davis

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“Fear in all its form is the thing to conquer.”
Marty Rubin

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“The fear of an unknown never resolves, because the unknown expands infinitely outward, leaving you to cling pitifully to any small shelter of the known.”
Caroline Kettlewell

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“I have learned of the insubstantial nature of fear: if I stand my ground, it will pass right through me.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

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“Fear echoes your self-defined limitations, not your actual ones. To change your self-image, you must face what scares you.”
Vironika Tugaleva

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“Fear is a powerful enemy, but not one too strong to overcome.”
Kiley Kellermeyer

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“What successful people have in common is that they don’t let their fears or excuses stop them. They overcome and conquer them, then they reach success and are able to fulfill their Destiny.”
Jeanette Coron

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“Face your fears and you will be able to conquer them.”
Bohdi Sanders

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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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“Beethoven said that it’s better to hit the wrong note confidently than hit the right note unconfidently. Never be afraid to be wrong or to embarrass yourself; we are all students in this life, and there is always something more to learn.”
Mike Norton

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“‘I am afraid’ can be the end or the beginning: ‘I am afraid, so I will run away,’ or ‘I am afraid, and I will embrace my fear and do it regardless.’„
Dragos Bratasanu

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“Faith has won it! Fear has lost it! When you get full of faith, the devil gets filled with fear! Keep your faith in light every day and you will keep the devil in fright always!”
Israelmore Ayivor

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“The only way to overcome fear is to have courage. Because you’re not going to get rid of fear. It’s not going to go away.”
Colette Butler

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“If a fear cannot be articulated, it can’t be conquered.”
Stephen King

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“The only way to be brave is to first be afraid.”
Joseph Fink

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“We have to keep hoping and believing… to keep hoping and trying our best to be good and do good. Even when we’re afraid”
Nafisa Haji

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“If we let fear control our decision making we always make the wrong decision.”
Butch Bellah

66.

“When we’re afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us.”
Marjane Satrapi

67.

“A fear conquered is a fear harnessed.”
Wysteria Morningstar

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“Mastering others is strength. Mastering oneself makes you fearless.”
Lao Tzu

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“It isn’t a dare unless you’re afraid to do it.”
Rebekah Crane

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“Only by fully experiencing fear, can you ever hope to control it.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

71.

“Faith is rare because fear is rampant. For faith will demand that I step into places that fear itself fears to go.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

72.

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves…”
Cheryl Strayed

74.

“God has given you the power and desire to change but you still need to be willing to do the work. Doing the work means facing your fears and getting out of your comfort zone.”
Michael Barbarulo

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“Ignorance is the cause of fear.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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“There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.”
Aeschylus

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“Fear is the mind-killer.”
Frank Herbert

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“Fear’s useless. Either something bad happens or it doesn’t: If it doesn’t, you’ve wasted time being afraid, and if it does, you’ve wasted time that you could have spent sharpening your weapons.”
Sarah Rees Brennan

79.

“Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.”
Sophocles

80.

“Find out what a person fears most and that is where he will develop next.”
Carl Jung

81.

“Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.”
Viktor E. Frankl

82.

“Sometimes it’s like: If something terrifies you, you should totally do it BECAUSE it terrifies you. And then you’ll do it and you’ll realize what you’re capable of.”
Jonathan Saccone-Joly

83.

“He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.”
William Hazlitt

84.

“Nothing is more terrifying than fearlessness.”
Cornelia Funke

85.

“Face your fears as if your life depends on it because living in fear keeps you from living.”
Jeanette Coron

86.

“Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.”
Steve Chandler

87.

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

88.

“That is the secret to survival. Teach fear to those who taught you to be afraid.”
Scott Tracey

89.

“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”
Edmund Burke

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“I have accepted fear as a 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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“Forget the self and you will fear nothing, in whatever level of awareness you find yourself to be.”
Carlos Castaneda

92.

“I have always been afraid… Always been pretending to follow you closely, always been pretending to sharpen my teeth, when the truth is, I am … scared to death just treading on your shadow.”
Tite Kubo

93.

“You can’t spend the rest of your life hiding from yourself; always afraid that your memories will incapacitate you, and they will if you continue to bury them.”
J.D. Stroube

94.

“Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

95.

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”
Marilyn Monroe

96.

“The key to change… is to let go of fear.”
Roseanne Cash

97.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”
Judy Blume

98.

“Courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”
Aung San Suu Kyi

99.

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
James Stephens

100.

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

Overcoming fear quotes

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“To overcome fear, here’s all you have to do: realize the fear is there, and do the action you fear anyway.”
Peter McWilliams

102.

“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

103.

“The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!”
Joyce Meyer

104.

“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

105.

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
Anais Nin

106.

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
Babe Ruth

107.

“Fear has its use, but cowardice has none.”
Mahatma Gandhi

108.

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

109.

“You just have to get rid of fear and confront the world. Look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, ‘I love you and nothing will destroy you and you’re not going to fall.’”
Ricky Martin

110.

“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”
Seneca

111.

“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”
Confucius

112.

“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

113.

“Great fear is concealed under daring.”
Lucan

114.

“Where no hope is left, is left no fear.”
Milton

115.

“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

Facing fear quotes

116.

“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.”
Bear Grylls

117.

“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

118.

“Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.”
Karl Augustus Menninger

119.

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
Henry Ford

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“Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.”
James F. Byrnes

121.

“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

122.

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

123.

“Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.”
Douglas Horton

124.

“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
Japanese Proverb

125.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
Helen Keller

126.

“Laughter is poison to fear.”
George R.R. Martin

127.

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
James Stephens

128.

“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”
Napoleon Hill

129.

“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
Herman Melville

130.

“Fear not, we are of the nature of the lion, and cannot descend to the destruction of mice and such small beasts.”
Elizabeth I

131.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
Helen Keller

132.

“Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

133.

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”
William Allen White

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“Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.”
William Congreve

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“Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.”
Sarah Parish

I hope you enjoyed this collection of overcoming fear quotes.

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