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

—Winnie Mandela, 1985

I wants to make your flesh creep.

—Charles Dickens, 1837

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

—Robert Benchley, 1935

The man in constant fear is every day condemned.

—Publilius Syrus, c. 50 BC

People living deeply have no fear of death.

—Anaïs Nin, 1935

War is fear cloaked in courage. 

—William Westmoreland, 1966

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

—Richard Nixon, 1975

An ugly sight, a man who’s afraid. 

—Jean Anouilh, 1944

Fear is a poor guarantor of a long life.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero, 44

Fear has a smell, as love does.

—Margaret Atwood, 1972

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.

—Oscar Wilde, 1891

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

—Albert Camus, c. 1940

Dread attends the unknown.

—Nadine Gordimer, 1998

Worry over what has not occurred is a serious malady.

—Solomon ibn Gabirol, 1050

Suffering has its limit, but fears are endless.

—Pliny the Younger, c. 108

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

—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1830

Fear is the foundation of most governments. 

—John Adams, 1776

Who lives in fear will never be a free man.

—Horace, 19 BC