Date: before 12th century
1 archaic : FRIGHTEN
2 archaic : to feel fear in (oneself)
3 : to have a reverential awe of <fear God>
4 : to be afraid of : expect with alarm
intransitive senses : to be afraid or apprehensive
- fear·er noun
"The only thing we have to fear is fear it'self
- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified,
terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." ----FDR -
"Men fear death as children fear to go in the
---- Francis Bacon
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind
--- H.P. Lovecraft
"In politics, what begins in fear usually ends
"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, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany
"A man who has been in danger,
When he comes out of it forgets his fears,
And sometimes he forgets his promises."
----Euripides - Iphigenia in Tauris (414-12 BC)
"He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
That puts it not unto the touch
To win or lose it all"
----James Graham - Marquis of Montrose
"I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
The time has been my senses would have cool'd
To hear a night shriek, and my fell of hair
Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
As life were in't. I have supp'd full with horrors;
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
Cannot once start me."
----Will - Macbeth
"A good scare is worth more to a man than good
----Edgar Watson Howe - Country Town Sayings
"What we fear comes to pass more speedily than
----Publilius Syrus - Moral Sayings (1st C B.C.)
"Solitude scares me. It makes me think about
death, and war. I need distraction from anxious, black
"Why are we scared to die? Do any of us remember
being scared when we were born?"