7 Inspiring Quotes to Overcome Fear

Here are seven of our favorite quotes to help foster a clear mind and a calm heart from whatever fears you may have.

Fear can be debilitating, often stopping us from pursuing the things we love and enjoy in life. Here are eight of our favorite quotes, from seven courageous people, to help you foster a clear mind and a calm heart for whenever fear arrives.

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, Former President of South Africa

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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, Former President of South Africa

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. —Franklin D. Roosevelt, Former U.S. President

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt, Former U.S. President

Extreme fear can neither fight nor fly. —William Shakespeare, Poet and playwright

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Extreme fear can neither fight nor fly.

—William Shakespeare, Poet and playwright


Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. —Napoleon Hill, Author


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Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.

—Napoleon Hill, Author


Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.

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Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.

—Isabel Allende, Writer


Dale Carnegie, author of "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Head and shoulders portrait.

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You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.

—Dale Carnegie, Writer


Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.

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Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.

—Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Leader

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