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How To Get Over Fear: 28 Quotes That Will Set You Free

How To Get Over Fear

If fear and I were a couple, our Facebook relationship status would be “It’s complicated.”

There have been times in my life where I have been daring and fearless, ready to take on the unknown. During those times, I didn’t even consider failure was an option. Other times I’ve cuddled myself in the fetal position and listed all of the reasons I shouldn’t do something. That is the most fucked up feeling because it’s restricting and limiting.

One area of my life where I’m scared shitless is my writing. At some point I became very insecure about my words and the order in which I placed them. Also the topics, which remain mostly the same: completely random. I still have no idea what i’m too fancy means or what it is about.

But what I do know is when and why this fear nonsense happened. The truth is that I just got stuck in my own head. Nobody but me stopped me from writing. Admitting this makes me want to kick myself in the vagine because accepting responsibility for my own actions is painful. I rather blame someone else, you know? You know. 

But that is the past! And we are now in the present. And I have no fear of failure! Just kidding. I’m totally scared of failure but it won’t stop be from trying. Usually. 

This is where quotes come in. I love quotes because they are shorter than a book. I figure if I read enough quotes it’s kind of like I read a self-help book. Right? Right.

If you’re the same, enjoy these short sentences and I hope they inspire you and give you the feels necessary to not be a scaredy cat. Follow your dreams, people! You’ll be dead soon anyway. 

  1. “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
  2. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George Edward Woodberry
  3.  “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
  4.  “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.” – Steve Jobs
  5.  “He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.” ― Napoléon Bonaparte
  6.  “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  7.  “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  8.  “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  9.  “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie
  10.  “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green
  11.  “I failed my way to success” – Thomas Edison
  12.  “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt” – William Shakespeare
  13.  “Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.” – Napoleon Hill
  14.  “The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction.”  -Tom Browne
  15.  “Success represents the 1% of your work which results from the 99% that is called failure.” – Soichiro Honda
  16.  “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Tony Robbins
  17.  “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” – Zig Ziglar
  18.  “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen
  19.  “There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard. The fearful are the failing.” Sarah J. Hale
  20.  “Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.” – Frederick Smith
  21.  “If you are not big enough to lose, you are not big enough to win.” – Walter Reuther
  22.  “I’m intimidated by the fear of being average.” – Taylor Swift
  23.  “Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy tryingto cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s OK to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.” – H. Stanley Judd
  24.  “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edision
  25.  “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  26.  “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato
  27.  “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H. P. Lovecraft
  28.  “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

Now go do that thing you were scared to do.

If you fail, it’s only your first lesson. You have WAY more to go.

Good luck and cheers to getting unstuck from the prison that is your mind.

2 Comments on How To Get Over Fear: 28 Quotes That Will Set You Free

  1. leslie
    October 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m your new writing buddy, and thanks for that! Loved your site. I wanted to add my own little bon mot. Whenever I am confronted by my own failure, I put on my nicest clothes, do my hair and make-up, get myself a nice piece of cake, sit proudly in the middle of the mess, and announce triumphantly to all: “Welcome to my cluster-fuck!”

    I have learned to do this because a) a failure is often indicative of a lot of hard work b) failure is an experience on a path to success – i.e. you are learning how to do it right c) there’s nothing to be ashamed of, in fact you deserve to be proud. If you tried your best and failed – even spectacularly – that is evidence that you are doing something very right and you deserve to be proud. Keep taking those baby steps and falling, because soon you are going to walk, then run, then dance! d) having perspective and a sense of humor banishes those fugly head demons.

    • imtoofancy
      October 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Lesie, my new writing buddy. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! And I enjoy your advice of getting dolled up and embracing what comes your way. It’s true that failure comes to those who try, and I won’t ever stop trying, so I guess I should get used to failing. Haha! JK of course. There will come a time when there is dancing without falling. 🙂 Btw, if you’re my new writing buddy, where can I see your words?


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