46 Inspirational Quotes About Fear (So You Can Overcome It)

A great collection of short inspirational quotes about fear, to encourage you to overcome them.

Hands down, the biggest obstacle to achieving our wildest dreams is fear.

Some fear failure, some fear success. Some people fear what others are thinking or saying about them. Or they may fear change. The list of fears is endless, and the reasons are deeply personal.

Really, what we should be fearing is not living up to our potential and our big, amazing dreams. But that’s easier said than done right?


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Here are some inspiring quotes about fear, to remind you of their powers, but also to inspire you to overcome them and get on with your big goals.


Inspirational Quotes About Fear

Inspirational Quotes About Fear:


“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – 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



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



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



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



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



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



“Fear of success can be just as crippling as the fear of failure.” John Allen



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



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



“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.” Paulo Coelho



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



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



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



“Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.” Michael Jordan



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


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“Too many of us never realize our full potential because our fears block us.” Les Brown



“Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.” Unknown



“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” Aristotle



“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott



 “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



“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson



“Fear is the thief of dreams.” Brian Krans



“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell



“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali



“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



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


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“Men are not afraid of things, but of how they view them.” Epictetus



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



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



“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



“Many times, the thought of fear itself is greater than what it is we fear.” Idowu Koyenikan



“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” Sammy Davis, Jr



 “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.



“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



“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



“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” Paulo Coelho


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 “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



“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” Dale Carnegie



 “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



“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Mark Twain



“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” Paulo Coelho



“If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?” Les Brown


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



“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



“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” Gandhi


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