Fear is the foundation of most governments. 

- John Adams, 1776

The man in constant fear is every day condemned.

- Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1830

Worry over what has not occurred is a serious malady.

- Solomon ibn Gabirol, 1050

Tell us your phobias and we will tell you what you are afraid of.

- Robert Benchley, 1935

Fear has a smell, as love does.

- Margaret Atwood, 1972

An ugly sight, a man who’s afraid. 

- Jean Anouilh, 1944

Who lives in fear will never be a free man.

- Horace, 19 BC

Fear is a poor guarantor of a long life.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

- Albert Camus, c. 1940

Suffering has its limit, but fears are endless.

- Pliny the Younger, c. 108

People living deeply have no fear of death.

- Anaïs Nin, 1935

I am a living symbol of the white man’s fear.

- Winnie Mandela, 1985

I wants to make your flesh creep.

- Charles Dickens, 1837

Dread attends the unknown.

- Nadine Gordimer, 1998

People react to fear, not love—they don’t teach that in Sunday school, but it’s true.

- Richard Nixon, 1975

War is fear cloaked in courage. 

- William Westmoreland, 1966

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

- Oscar Wilde, 1891