175 Spiritual Quotes About Fear: Discovering Inner Peace

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I have always found comfort and wisdom in inspirational quotes about facing fear. In my spiritual journey, I’ve discovered many insights from sages, teachers, and spiritual leaders that have helped transform my relationship with fear. So, let’s see if some of these spiritual quotes about fear can uplift your day!

Moving Through Fear

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”Eleanor Roosevelt

My favorite quote on moving through fear is by Rumi:

“Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.”

  • “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
  • “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” Susan Jeffers
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Fear is excitement without breath.” Robert Anthony
Person walking through their fear into the light.

Releasing Fear

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”Marilyn Ferguson

I love this perspective from Thich Nhat Hanh on letting go of fear:

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.”

  • “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” Bruce Lee
  • “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.” Eckhart Tolle
  • “Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.” Kahlil Gibran
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Embracing Fear

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”Nelson Mandela

I find this quote by Joseph Campbell inspires me to lean into fear:

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

  • “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” Susan Jeffers
  • “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown
  • “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” Pema Chödrön
  • “The only way out is through.” Robert Frost
  • “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” Spencer Johnson
Woman dealing with releasing fears in her personal life.

Quotes on Turning Fear into Love

Here are some additional inspirational quotes about fear from various spiritual teachers and leaders:

  • “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.” Marianne Williamson
  • “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus
  • “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” Swedish Proverb
  • “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” Seneca
  • “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is fear.” Gandhi
  • “Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” Shirley Maclaine
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” Voltaire
  • “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and good things will be yours.” Swedish Proverb
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
  • “Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” Bertrand Russell
  • “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.” Marilyn Ferguson
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is fear.” Gandhi
  • “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato
  • “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde
  • “Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.” Shirley Maclaine
  • “Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.” Etty Hillesum
  • “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela
  • “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” John Lennon

I hope these quotes can provide some solace and inspiration to move through fear with courage and faith on your spiritual journey. May they spark self-reflection and embolden you to lean into the challenges before you.

175 Spiritual Quotes About Fear

Fear is an emotion everyone feels at some point. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential. Overcoming fear takes courage, which all people have inside them. Quotes can inspire us to find that courage.

The list of 175 quotes is from wise teachers, leaders, writers and thinkers. They share how we can confront fear wisely. The quotes cover topics like having confidence, being brave, learning from failure, showing compassion, and making positive change. They encourage us to lean into love instead of fear.

  1. “Fear is merely an illusion projected by the mind. Let it go and peace shall fill your heart.”
  2. “Worry wastes the present moment. Breathe, trust, release.”
  3. “You cannot heal what you will not feel.”
  4. “Progress begins when we start facing our fears.”
  5. “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
  6. “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
  7. “Bravery lives in every heart. Awaken it.”
  8. “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”
  9. “Darkness ceases with the coming of light. Fear melts with love.”
  10. “You have survived worse and you will survive this too.”
  11. “Storms come and go. Breathe through the winds of change.”
  12. “Fear is the lock. Trust is the key.”
  13. “You can cage the bird but not its song. Fear not.”
  14. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the wisdom to override it.”
  15. “Dig deep to find your inner calm amidst the storms of life.”
  16. “This too shall pass. Know that grace will come after difficulty.”
  17. “Let fear guide you, not define you.”
  18. “Befriend your anxiety so it no longer controls you.”
  19. “The comfort zone is where dreams go to die. Leap, have faith.”
  20. “Courage awakens when fear is faced head-on.”
  21. “You are safe. You are held. You are loved. Release the fear.”
  22. “Storms show us strength we did not know we had.”
  23. “Fear clouds vision but faith clarifies.”
  24. “Courage is fear on a mission.”
  25. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Let your light shine.”
  26. “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.”
  27. “Write the story you want to read.”
  28. “Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
  29. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”
  30. “When words fail, music speaks.”
  31. “Make each day your masterpiece.”
  32. “You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.”
  33. “Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind.”
  34. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
  35. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
  36. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
  37. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
  38. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
  39. “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
  40. “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
  41. “The path to paradise begins in hell.”
  42. “Stars can’t shine without darkness.”
  43. “After the storm, comes the stillness.”
  44. “Courage doesn’t roar. It’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, “
  45. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  46. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
  47. “Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
  48. “Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are more alike than different.”
  49. “A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
  50. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
  51. “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
  52. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
  53. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
  54. “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
  55. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
  56. “What we think, we become.”
  57. “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
  58. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
  59. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”
  60. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
  61. “The only journey is the one within.”
  62. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
  63. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
  64. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
  65. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
  66. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves.”
  67. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
  68. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
  69. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
  70. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
  71. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  72. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
  73. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.”
  74. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
  75. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
  76. “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
  77. “To understand everything is to forgive everything.”
  78. “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”
  79. “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world toward him. We need not wait to see what others do.”
  80. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”
  81. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
  82. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
  83. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
  84. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
  85. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  86. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.”
  87. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
  88. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy looking for it.”
  89. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
  90. “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
  91. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
  92. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
  93. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.”
  94. “Stop chasing the wrong things and the right things will find you.”
  95. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.”
  96. “If you change nothing, nothing will change.”
  97. “It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.”
  98. “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.”
  99. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
  100. “Wisdom begins in wonder.”
  101. “Your determination, selflessness and courage will lead you to greatness.”
  102. “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”
  103. “Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.”
  104. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
  105. “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
  106. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow’.”
  107. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
  108. “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
  109. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
  110. “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.”
  111. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.”
  112. “We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”
  113. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
  114. “You must train your intuition; you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.”
  115. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
  116. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.”
  117. “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings you as by the attitude you bring to life.”
  118. “Light tomorrow with today.”
  119. “It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.”
  120. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
  121. “Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.”
  122. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  123. “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
  124. “Do all things with love.”
  125. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
  126. “The greatest accomplishment is to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else.”
  127. “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”
  128. “Every moment is a fresh new beginning.”
  129. “Die with memories, not dreams.”
  130. “A happy soul is the best shield for the heart.”
  131. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”
  132. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
  133. “Worry often gives small things a big shadow.”
  134. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
  135. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
  136. “The best way out is always through.”
  137. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!”
  138. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
  139. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
  140. “Everything you can imagine is real.”
  141. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
  142. “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”
  143. “I learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.”
  144. “When the solution is simple, God is answering.”
  145. “Everything around you is in fluctuation. Everything changes. Therein lies your peace of mind.”
  146. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”
  147. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  148. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”
  149. “Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”
  150. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter defeats so you can know who you are.”
  151. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”
  152. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
  153. “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
  154. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
  155. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  156. “Inhale the future, exhale the past.”
  157. “This too shall pass.”
  158. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.”
  159. “You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.”
  160. “The struggle ends when gratitude begins.”
  161. “We shine not despite our flaws, but because of them.”
  162. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one come to you without leaving happier.”
  163. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.”
  164. “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.”
  165. “Create the highest grandest vision of who you are capable of being and live into that vision.”
  166. “Your living reflections of your thoughts.”
  167. “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
  168. “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”
  169. “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”
  170. “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
  171. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
  172. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
  173. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
  174. “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident.”
  175. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Conclusion on Turning Fear into Wellbeing Quotes

The collection of quotes shows many perspectives on fear and courage. A common theme is that living means growing through challenges. Hardships help us discover our inner strengths. Dark times can lead to personal growth and wisdom.

Another key point is that each small act matters. We all have chances each day to choose love or fear, kindness or hatred. Our choices ripple out into the world. Small brave acts can inspire great change.

Though the path takes courage, we all have power to transform fear into love. What we need is within us, waiting to be awakened. Each quote is an invitation to that awakening.

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