Fear. Something that can immobilize even the most courageous of us. We all have something the scares us. It might be fear of the unknown, or fear of flying, or fear of public speaking or fear of failure. But it doesn’t mean we stop in our tracks. Though a four-letter word, sometimes fear is not necessarily a bad thing. It can force us to focus and determine what it is we’re really afraid of and then move past it. Sometimes simply acknowledging our fear can mobilize us to action.
But don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at some of these inspirational quotes from some famous people about fear and you’ll see that sometimes fear actually can be a good thing.
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
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
Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before. –Queen Latifah
Always do what you are afraid to do. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
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
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. –Eleanor Roosevelt
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. –Babe Ruth