February 2, 2019

Sometimes life is a scary venture.  Unfortunately, this is all too often due to harrowing or painful circumstances--but not always.  Sometimes life is scary because we make it so;  we dwell on our anxieties about the unknown, the future, and ourselves, and we allow anxieties to develop into all-consuming fears.

Before I started college, I never realized how afraid I truly was.  I never realized how much my small, insignificant fears deterred me from living.  For many years, I let general uneasiness and anxiety accumulate until they finally paralyzed me, barring me from doing so many things that I, deep down, wanted to do.

Now I try my best to regard fear in a different light.  I am still afraid--life will always be a bit scary--but I encourage myself to overcome fear rather than bow down to it.  The following quotes have been a major source of inspiration and encouragement for me, and I hope that they will be for you, too.

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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." -- Helen Keller

"Sometimes, fear does not subside and one must choose to do it afraid." -- Elisabeth Elliot

"At first glance it may appear too hard.  Look again.  Always look again." -- Unknown

"Fear tricks us into living a boring life." -- Donald Miller

"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right." -- Rosa Parks

"If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." -- Vincent van Gogh

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"All men have fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well." -- Thomas S. Monson

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point." -- C.S. Lewis

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Fear does not prevent death.  It prevents life." -- Naguib Mahfouz

"Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through, no matter what." -- Harper Lee

What are some of your favorite quotes related to overcoming fear?


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