Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.
If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend.
You have to learn to be unafraid when you’re a nobody, because you’re going to be really fucking afraid when you’re a somebody and all the lights are on you.
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
—J. D. Salinger
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
—H. L. Mencken
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
There are questions that you don’t ask because you’re afraid of the answers to them.
—Agatha Christie in The Moving Finger
I keep finding myself stifled by the company of others and then crippled by loneliness when I leave them.
—Veronica Roth in Allegiant
If you're not scared or angry at the thought of a human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work.
—John Alejandro King
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
When you have to hide who you really are to the world, you create a shell around yourself over time. A painted on coating of lies. It becomes your shield…and your prison.
—Selena Kitt in Grace
I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again. … The future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.
—J. G. Ballard
Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death.
Stoop and you'll be stepped on; stand tall and you'll be shot at.
—Carlos A. Urbizo