— Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
„The trick is to make fear your friend. Fear forces you to prepare more rigorously and see potential problems more quickly.“
— Lewis Pugh Environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer 1969
„What people were most concerned about: they were afraid. It was fear. Fear, again, raising its ugly head, in one of the most important decisions we would make. Fear; fear of everything.“
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
2000s, To Live Beyond Our Fear (2007), Context: Barack and I talked long and hard about this decision. You know, this wasn’t an easy decision for us, because we’ve got two beautiful little girls, and we have a wonderful life, and everything was going fine. And there was nothing that would have been more disruptive than a decision to run for President of the United States. And as more people talk to us about it, I mean the question came up again and again. What people were most concerned about: they were afraid. It was fear. Fear, again, raising its ugly head, in one of the most important decisions we would make. Fear; fear of everything. Fear that we might lose. Fear that he might get hurt. Fear that this would be ugly. Fear that it would hurt our family. Fear. But you know, the reason why I said yes was because I was tired of being afraid. I am tired of living in a country where every decision that we’ve made over the last ten years wasn’t for something, but it was because people told us we had to fear something. We had to fear people who looked different from us. Fear people who believed in things that were different from us. Fear of one another right here in our own backyards. I am so tired of fear. And I don’t want my girls to live in a country, in a world, based on fear.
„There are people who meet strangers and people, like me, who know only those they’ve known from birth“
— Dave Eggers memoirist, novelist, short story writer, editor, publisher 1970
You Shall Know Our Velocity! (2002)
„The people going by would gaze at him,
and one would ask the other if he knew him,
if he was a Greek from Syria, or a stranger.
But some who looked more carefully
would understand and step aside“
— Constantine P. Cavafy Greek poet 1863 - 1933
Collected Poems (1992), Context: The people going by would gaze at him, and one would ask the other if he knew him, if he was a Greek from Syria, or a stranger. But some who looked more carefully would understand and step aside; and as he disappeared under the arcades, among the shadows and the evening lights, going toward the quarter that lives only at night, with orgies and debauchery, with every kind of intoxication and desire, they would wonder which of Them it could be, and for what suspicious pleasure he had come down into the streets of Selefkia from the August Celestial Mansions. One of Their Gods http://www.cavafy.com/poems/content.asp?id=40&cat=1
„I believe that the only protection that man has against himself is the trust and confidence of his friends. For example, my cynicism tells me that the man who makes a career of "people-hunting" or "people-hating" is a man who desperately fears being chased or not loved.“
— Bill Downs American journalist 1914 - 1978
This I Believe (1951)
— Herodotus, Histories
The Histories, Book 7, Ch. 228.
— Jorge Majfud Uruguayan-American writer 1969
„Nothing irritates us [Fascists] so much as to be taken for pillars of order. Nothing so exasperates us as the people who come to us through fear of Communism. Those good people [who are fearful of all social change] will have to realize, and we shall soon make them realize, that the weight of the social problem is now on our shoulders and that they would be wiser to fear us than to fear Communism.“
— Alessandro Pavolini Italian politician and writer 1903 - 1945
Foreign Policy Congress in Milan, June 1938. Quoted in "The decline of the intellectual" - Page 189 - by Thomas Molnar - 1994.
„On the whole, I don't have any friends. Friends come and go; I've lost my trust factor. I believe I have people who think they're my friend. And I believe that there are people probably in their heart who are friends toward me or are friends to me. But they're not my friends, because what I learned is that fear is stronger than love.“
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
1990s, Vibe magazine interview (June 1996)
„To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.“
— Horace, livro Epistles
Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC), Book I, epistle xviii, line 86
„I have friends among beggars
And can speak their language.
I have friends among rulers
And can understand their strategies.
So fear not, o stranger,
That you may be misunderstood,
Speak your heart of your trouble
And trust me to help solve it.“
— Dilip Sankarreddy Business professional
Wanderings with Poetry (2007)
— Brené Brown US writer and professor 1965
New York Times, "Tiptoeing Out of One’s Comfort Zone (and of Course, Back In)"- Interview) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/your-money/12shortcuts.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Bren%C3%A9%20Brown&st=cse, February 11, 2011.