35 Quotes to Move You From Fear to Freedom

Written by Jessi Kohlhagen


It can stop us from doing great things, and it can keep us holding tight to the things that are hurting us.

Most people operate in unconscious avoidance of fear, enabling it to color their thoughts, feelings and patterns.

This causes them to procrastinate, lash out at others, react unconsciously, shrink in insecurity, hold themselves back from connecting with people in a meaningful way, and continually poison their dreams with doubt.

Trust me, I get it.

I’ve spent the better part of two years diving headfirst into my fears, exploring the terrain of my inner wilderness, and recovering the pieces of my soul that lie hidden deep within. It is no easy task. As Carl Jung said, “There is no birth of consciousness without pain.”

But if I’ve learned anything through it all, it’s this…

Every single decision we make in life is motivated by one of two things: fear or faith.

In each and every moment, we have the power to choose. The key is to become aware of what motivates our choices, and to slowly, gently ease ourselves more and more in the direction of courage, trust and freedom.

Because here’s what most people don’t realize…

The lack of acknowledgment and exploration of our fears is exactly what gives them power.

You can squirm over, under and around your fear. But you will never overcome it, or discover the treasure it contains, until you walk straight through it.

Here are 36 Quotes to Move You From Fear to Freedom:

Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why?
Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them.
-Marilyn French

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you.
They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
―C. JoyBell C.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
-Helen Keller

We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.
-Christian Nestell Bovee

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.

 Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.
-Karl Augustus Menninger

To fight fear – act.
To increase fear – wait, put off, postpone.
-David Joseph Schwartz

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
-Mark Twain

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
-Marie Curie

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
-Sammy Davis Jr.

I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision.
It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you.
The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities,
and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path.
Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?
-Soledad O’Brien

Even though you may want to move forward in your life,
you may have one foot on the brakes.
In order to be free, we must learn how to let go.
Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain.
The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.
What is it you would let go of today?
-Mary Manin Morrissey

Do what you fear and fear disappears.
-David Joseph Schwartz

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
-Norman Vincent Peale

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear,
and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
-H. P. Lovecraft

The Bible says to ‘fear not,’ but this doesn’t mean
you should never feel scared. It means when you do feel fear,
keep going forward and do what you are supposed to do.
Or as I like to say, do it afraid.
-Joyce Meyer

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
―Eleanor Roosevelt

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”
―Frank Herbert

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”
―George R.R. Martin

Who sees all beings in his own self,
and his own self in all beings,
loses all fear.
-Isa Upanishad, Hindu Scripture

If you are distressed by anything external,
the pain is not due to the thing itself,
but to your estimate of it;
and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
-Marcus Aurelius

Try a thing you haven’t done three times.
Once, to get over the fear of doing it.
Twice, to learn how to do it.
And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
-Virgil Thomson

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
-Carl Jung

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
-Mary Ferguson

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.
–Author Unknown

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin,
and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
-Brendan Francis

I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best.
-John Keats

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side.
Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear
has not learned the secret of life.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.
-Carl Jung

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.”
-Pema Chodron

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation
can that which is indestructible be found in us.”
-Pema Chodron

Do not just slay your demons.
Dissect them and find what they’ve been feeding on.
– Andres Fernandez

Find out what a person fears most
and that is where he will develop next.
-Carl Jung

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest
To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land,
to experience each moment as completely new and fresh.
To live is to be willing to die over and over again.”
-Pema Chodron

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