Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Fight Fear

Looking at “Fear Fighting Faith” this weekend, and came across these quotes on fear for this week’s Soul Food for Friday. May the good fear of God grow within us, and the fears that pull us away from God’s best go away.

“We can never fully appreciate the love of God unless we’ve learned the fear of God.” — John W. Yatess II

“The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” — Oswald Chambers

“For the most part, fear is nothing but an illusion. When you share it with someone else, it tends to disappear.” — Marilyn C. Barrick

“When we are ruled by fear, they strive to prevent the very changes that will abate it.” — Alan Paton

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself–nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — Franklin Deleano Roosevelt

“F.E.A.R.–Face, Energize, Act, and Resolve.” — Charles Lowrey

“All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears–of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words ‘Some Assembly Required’.” — Dave Barry (3 of the scariest words I ever see at Christmas)

“Fear makes the wolf bigger then he is.” — German proverb

“Fear cripples the soul, so you just have to fight it.” — Diane Keaton

“The greatest mistake you makei in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Action conquers fear.” — Peter N. Zarlenga

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” — Marie Curie

“Three words strike fear into the hearts of men: Pop the question.” — Roxanne Hawn

“It’s tough to describe, but there is soemthing about fear that makes us feel alive. The adrenaline is pumping. Your reflexes are catlike. And time stands still. … Too many of us pray as if God’s primary objective is to keep us from geting scared. But the goal of life is not the elimination of fear. The goal is to muster teh courage to chase lions.” — Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

“There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.” — Michel De Montagne

“I made the decision long ago that to be afraid would be to diminish my life.” — Janet Reno

“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 frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” — Nelson Mandela

“To the man who is afraid everything rustles.” — Sophcles

“A frightened captian makes a frightened crew.” — Lister Sinclair

“We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.” — Fulton Oursler

“Don’t be afraid of the day you have never seen.” — English Proverb

“You can’t be afraid of stepping on toes if you want to go dancing.” — Lewis Fredman

“Any fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan

“If there had been no fear of failure, neither would there be any joy in success.” — Paul Tournier

“Throughout history, the most common debilitating human ailment has been cold feet.” Country

“One of the great 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 is the darkroom where negatives are developed.” — Zig Ziglar

“Fear robs the mind of reason and the ability to act.” — Dr. Nelson Price

“The fear of death keeps us from living, not from dying.” — Paul C. Roud

“It’s all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.” — Dr. Bob Gilbert (my advice to people nervous about sharing their faith story in public)

“If your knees knock, kneel on them.” — Sign seen outside London church in WWII

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” — David Lloyd George

“What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope.” — Publilius Syrus, Moral Sayings

“Solitude scares me. It makes me think about love, death, and war. I need distraction from anxious, black thoughts.” — Brigitte Bardot

“Why are we scared to die? Do any of us remember being scared when we were born?” — Trevor Kay

“A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.” — Edgar Watson Howe

“Fear makes come true that which one is afraid of.” — Victor Frankl

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself–and possibly teh bogey man.” — Pat Paulsen

“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from and to and why.” — James Thurber

“”The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all you fears and go ahead!” — George Patton

“The hero and the coward both feel exactly the same fear, only the hero confronts hsi fear and converts it into fire.” — Cus D’Amato

“You gain strength, coruage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I 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

“Fear not that your life will come to an end but that it will never have a beginning.” — J. H. Newmann

What fear quotes stuck for your from those above? What quotes inspire you to overcome fear and step out in faith to fulfill God’s purpose for your life?

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One response to “Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Fight Fear

  1. Great job again Richard.
    I found this one to be the most profound: “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” – Oswald Chambers
    But I also enjoyed: “All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears–of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words ‘Some Assembly Required’.” – Dave Barry
    And: “We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow.” — Fulton Oursler
    Somewhere, possibly in the works Shakespeare, there’s a quote that says: “A coward dies a thousand deaths.”
    Many thanks.

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