Posts tagged ‘fear’


when the wind comes

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

William Ward, Fountains of Faith (1970)



Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story (1958)



This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn’t turn out to be like Literature.

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (2011)



Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.

James Baldwin, “The Fire Next Time” (1963)


essential to victory

This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, first inaugural address (1933)



Traffic was like a bad dog. It wasn’t important to look both ways when crossing the street; it was important to not show fear.

P. J. O’Rourke, All the Trouble in the World (1994)



Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia!

Author Unknown, anonymous internet quiz

The line is attributed to Charles Schultz, but it’s actually a paraphrase of one of his 1980 Peanuts comics:

Peppermint Patty: What if the world comes to an end tonight, Marcie?…
Marcie: I promise there’ll be a tomorrow…it’s already tomorrow in Australia!

Charles Schultz, Peanuts (1980)*


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