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It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? While this appears to be an interesting German to English translation, the core of the quote remains the same, and a longer version is included at the bottom of the post. […]

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Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d like to see you in better living conditions. – Hafez of Persia What does that mean? While the English versions of Hafez’s verses are often considered more an approximation than a translation, I found this one to be quite interesting, and worthy of consideration, even if […]

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There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. – Spinoza What does that mean? To me, this quote describes the simple duality of the future. Hope and fear, they are the two sides of the same coin. Anticipation, expectation, or our view of the future; that is at the heart […]

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Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome.

Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about fear. It differentiates fear based on a real and possible danger from that which is based primarily on […]

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The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. – Seneca What does that mean? While it isn’t stated explicitly, this quote is almost certainly about death, and the transition to what might come after it. While there is still great debate about what came before and what will happen after, […]

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Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence.

Refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote as it is a great way of defining non-violence. Yes, it’s a lack of violence, but why? That’s where this quote shines. It discusses […]

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Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger.

Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? The more complete quote is “Gratitude is the antidote to the two things that stop us: fear and anger. Fear is why we don’t take action and anger is why we get stuck. You can’t […]

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Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman. – Marian Anderson What does that mean? Fear. The very word scares some people. That isn’t so bad. However, sometimes, that fear causes them to act in a way that’s not particularly appropriate. Usually it is quite illogical. Sometimes, though, the fear really […]

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Where fear is, happiness is not.

Where fear is, happiness is not. – Seneca What does that mean? This is another of those terse sayings that is fairly self-explanatory. However, for completeness, I believe the quote is reminding us that it is hard to be happy when we are afraid. Even when at a scary movie, where we expect to feel fear, […]

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Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind – compassion opens it.

Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind – compassion opens it. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is one of his central themes, the building or presence of compassion. In this quote, he focuses on what happens within ourselves when compassion is present or absent. In this case, when compassion is absent, he warns […]

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Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.

Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? While this quote has been reduced to a gross oversimplification, for the sake of giving advice to a leader, the generalization still holds some truth. Love and fear are the two things that most motivate a population […]

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In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. – Bill Cosby What does that mean? How many of us have a fear of failure? For him, as a comic, the failure would be very public and the feedback would be immediate and brutal. He must really have truly […]

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Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. – German proverb What does that mean? To me, this quote is reminding us that our emotions are powerful, and can be used to help us or to hurt us. A wolf is not a good thing to run into, especially since they rarely come alone. Even […]

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Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty

Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is about fear, and duty. Fear is a powerful motivator, but a brief one. Once the danger or threat is gone, so is the motivation. If the only reason you do something you should be doing (a duty) is […]

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Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear

Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This quote describes a lot of human interactions. When bad news arrives, it is usually told first to someone who does not inspire fear. When something that would be considered offensive to a ‘Prince’ (a […]

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