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I have accepted fear as a part of life -
by Erica Jong

I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
- Erica Jong


 

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong


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Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
- Erica Jong

Men have always detested women's gossip
because they suspect the truth:
their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel -
but how much joy you feel
- Erica Jong

Love is serene and calm
- Erica Jong

Because I loved myself, I was loved.
- Erica Jong

My reaction to porno films is as follows; After the first ten minutes,
I want to go home and screw; After the first twenty minutes,
I never want to screw again as long as I live
- Erica Jong

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

And you would accept the seasons of your heart
just as you have always accepted
that seasons pass over your fields
and you would watch with serenity
through the winters of your grief.
- Khalil Gibran

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Irrational beliefs are culturally accepted delusions.
- Robert Todd Carroll

Love ... waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love's gift cannot be given,
it waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Here in America we are descended in blood
and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels.
Men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine.
As their heirs, may we never confuse
honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes
in every waking moment of their lives
to remind them that the lie of their inferiority
is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My ideas have undergone a process
of emergence by emergency.
When they are needed badly enough,
they are accepted.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown.
Seek to meet the unknown with courage and a sense of adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears,
for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
- Albert Einstein

There's nothing wrong with being afraid.
We were meant to be afraid.
- the Woody Allen movie Anything Else

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
- Paulo Coelho

I have no fear of the gallows ... They're going to shoot me.
- the movie Love and Death

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Fear of death ... That's funny. I have that too.
My dog has it. It's very common with living creatures.
- the movie Anything Else (2003)

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Puritanism. The haunting fear that
someone, somewhere, may be happy.
- H. L. Mencken

Choose what lies in the shadows to be a matter
for discovery and adventure, rather than fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
- Albert Camus

The most painful and debilitating fear is fear of the unknown.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- Marianne Williamson

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation
can be trusted to act humanely
or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
- Bertrand Russell

It is an open question whether any behavior
based on fear of eternal punishment
can be regarded as ethical
or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
- Margaret Mead

FEAR is an acronym in the English language
for "False Evidence Appearing Real."
- Neale Donald Walsch

Question with boldness even the existence of a God;
because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason,
than that of blind-folded fear.
- Thomas Jefferson

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear
that it becomes formidable.
- Eric Hoffer

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers
of acting and reasoning as fear.
- Edmund Burke

To live a creative life
we must lose our fear of being wrong.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

The moment you start seeing life
as non-serious, a playfulness,
all the burden on your heart disappears.
All the fear of death, of life,
of love - everything disappears.
- Osho

Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Those who own much have much to fear.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
- Luciano Pavarotti

The inherent nature of life is constant change.
To fear change is to fear life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
- Anne Frank

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Misunderstanding arising from ignorance breeds fear,
and fear remains the greatest enemy of peace.
- Lester B. Pearson

Fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic;
it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation.
- Vannevar Bush


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