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Oderint dum metuant (Atreus) | Let them hate me provided they fear me

Lucius Accius (or Attius)

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

John Adams

Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

Alfred Adler

Fear . . . is forward. No one is afraid of yesterday.

Renata Adler

Fear is stronger than arms.


There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.


The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.

Richard Bach

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

Edmund Burke

Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.

Cyril Connolly

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.


A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.

Nadine Gordimer

A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.

Edgar Watson Howe

Neither fear your death’s day nor long for it.

Marcus Valerius Martialis ‘Martial’

One has fear in front of a goat, in back of a mule, and on every side of a fool.

Jewish Proverb

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.

Bertrand Russell

Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual - and the soul of a people.

Anwar el Sadat

In time we hate that which we often fear.

William Shakespeare

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.

Mark Twain

Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.

Leonardo da Vinci

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

Marianne Williamson