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QUOTES ON FEAR


Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, Crime and Punishment

How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a spectre through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

JOSEPH CONRAD, Lord Jim

If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered.

STEPHEN KING, Salem's Lot

Fears locked in small brains are much too large to pass through the orifice of the mouth.

STEPHEN KING, Salem's Lot

Don't wait to be hunted to hide, that's always been my motto.

SAMUEL BECKETT, Molloy

I have almost forgot the taste of fears;
The time has been, my senses would have cool'd
To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair
Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
As life were in't: I have supp'd full with horrors;
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts
Cannot once start me.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth

Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.

It's probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience. On the contrary, it seems that some exponential effect begins to obtain as deeper and deeper darkness falls - as little as one may like to support the idea that when the nightmare grows black enough, horror spawns horror, one coincidental evil begets other, often more deliberate evils, until finally blackness seems to cover everything. And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.

STEPHEN KING, Pet Sematary

Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.

WILLIAM GOLDING, Lord of the Flies

No fear has he who has done no ill.

AUGUST STRINDBERG, The Ghost Sonata

In time we hate that which we often fear.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Antony and Cleopatra

To be furious,
Is to be frighted out of fear; and in that mood
The dove will peck the estridge.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Antony and Cleopatra

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