Spiders. Public speaking. Ridicule. Failure.
There are lots of things that appear to warrant fear. No one would fault you for being afraid of sharks or risking it all, but throughout history, great men and women have had a lot to say about the freedom that comes from conquering those fears.
Let us encourage you- you can do the same thing!
You don’t have to be afraid anymore. Don’t believe us?
Here are some of our favorite quotes from some of our favorite people on the subject.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
-Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“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.
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
-Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“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.”
“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.”