Anxiety Quotes: Insights and Inspiration from Famous Minds

Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of us worldwide.

It can manifest as feelings of worry, fear, panic and unease that can interfere with a person’s daily life.

While anxiety can be debilitating, it’s important to remember that there are ways to manage it and even use it as a driving force in our lives.

Quotes about anxiety can be helpful in providing encouragement, inspiration, and insight into how others have dealt with their own struggles. They can also serve as a reminder that anxiety is a normal human experience and that it’s possible to overcome it.

Quotes About Anxiety


“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom


“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” Dan Millman


“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” Brené Brown


“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” Swedish proverb


“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


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


“My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it.” Hugh Prather


“The great thing, then, in all education, is to make our nervous system our ally instead of our enemy.” William James


“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” Henry Ward Beecher


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


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


“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” Deepak Chopra


“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency.” Natalie Goldberg


“The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.” Wayne Dyer


“Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.” Demosthenes


“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King


“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” Eckhart Tolle


“Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale


“I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dyer


“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” Walter Anderson


“If you can’t fly then run; if you can’t run then walk; if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.


“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” Virginia Woolf


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

Anxiety Quotes For Encouragement


“Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for its consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But…you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumor.” Patrick Ness


“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” William James


“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” Søren Kierkegaard


“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.” Richard Bach


“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Georgia O’Keeffe


“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius


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