What I'm going to share here are some of my favorite quotes on fear - and the courage to overcome fear. Each has offered me inspiration, support, and hope.
I hope they do the same for you. When you're done, leave a comment and let me know which one you found most inspiring.
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. – Helen Keller
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” - Mark Twain
Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. - John Wayne
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin
Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace. - Amelia Earhart
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
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them. - Orison Swett Marden
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. - John Quincy Adams
The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is. - John Lancaster Spalding
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. - Dale Carnegie
No courage, no nookie. – Steve Pavlina
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. – Mark Twain
(Frodo) I wish all this had never happened. (Gandalf) So do all who live to see such times but that is not for us to decide. All that we must decide is what to do with the time that is given. - The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Believe you can, believe you can't; either way, you're right. - Henry Ford
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. - The Litany Against Fear, Dune, Frank Herbert
You can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you get what you need. - You Can't Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones
And, finally, my favorite...
We're in a freefall into future. We don't know where we're going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you're going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It's a very interesting shift of perspective and that's all it is... joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes. - Joseph Campbell