„Even our fears make us feel important, because we fear we might not be.“

—  Terry Pratchett, buch Nation
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„Fear makes us feel our humanity.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
Books, Coningsby (1844), Vivian Grey (1826), Book III, Chapter 6.

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„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.

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„They just hated and feared us because our government hated and feared them.“

—  Cory Doctorow Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author 1971
Short fiction, The Man Who Sold The Moon (2014), p. 154

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„The fear of ill exceeds the evil we fear,
For so our present harms still most annoy us.“

—  Torquato Tasso Italian poet 1544 - 1595
Gerusalemme Liberata (1581), E l' aspettar del male è mal peggiore Forse, che non parrebbe il mal presente. Canto I, stanza 82 (tr. Fairfax)

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„We worked furiously (to realise our goals). Because we didn't have fear, we could do something drastic.“

—  Masaru Ibuka Japanese businessman 1908 - 1997
Masaru Ibuka cited in: Ashley Goldsworthy (2009), Leadership in Action. p. 52

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„Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.“

—  Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" (1992), Context: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Ch. 7 : Work, §3 : Personal Power, p. 190 (p. 165 in some editions). This famous passage from her book is often erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela. About the mis-attribution Williamson said, "Several years ago, this paragraph from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela's 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people." Variant which appears in the film Coach Carter (2005): "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Variant which appears in the film Akeelah and the Bee (2006), displayed in a picture frame on the wall, attributing it to Mandela: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

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„We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.“

—  Abraham Maslow American psychologist 1908 - 1970
Attributed to Maslow by Toni Galardi in The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in Times of Personal and Global Upheaval (2009). Also to be found in other self-help books and on many quotes sites, but always without citation.

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„Instead of fearing the unknown, we must conquer our fear.“

—  Newton Lee American computer scientist
Google It: Total Information Awareness, 2016

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