Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
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?
If a fear cannot be articulated, it can't be conquered.
Fears locked in small brains are much too large to pass through the orifice of the mouth.
Don't wait to be hunted to hide, that's always been my motto.
- 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.
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.
Fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.
No fear has he who has done no ill.
In time we hate that which we often fear.
- To be furious,
- Is to be frighted out of fear; and in that mood
- The dove will peck the estridge.
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