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Edvard Munch, "The Scream"


Fear—an insatiable monster that devours our life
But helps showing where our confidence most thin.
Fear transports us from harmony to strife,
ignoring reality, amplifying the grim.

A paper tiger we won’t confront
That vanishes quickly when we closely look
And stops our success from taking the brunt,
Lets us read or write the book.

Fear lures possibilities into view
But often blinds us to what’s true
While Illusion often helps us through
The yin and yang of fear stay true.

Chogyam Trungpa described “The bandits of hope and fear.” Bandits because they so easily and frequently steal our awareness away from nowness, from the here-and-now immediacy of our lives; hope and fear most often determine our decisions, guide our vision, enslave our creativity and uniqueness. And yet fear cautions our choices, keeps us from too much danger, and prevents foolish judgment. Hope seduces us with unrealistic fantasy; yet without this, creativity, innovation, and new ventures would die as merely flickering thought. Our fear of failure may much more often become true; but, without seemingly unrealistic hope, we would never accomplish anything innovative and meaningfully helpful to ourselves and to the world.

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“I wished to use this stoa to advertise publicly the medicines that bring salvation. These medicines we have put fully to the test; for we have dispelled the fears that grip us without justification, and, as for pains, those that are groundless we have completely excised, while those that are natural we have reduced to an absolute minimum, making their magnitude minute.”

Diogenes of Oenoanda Διογένης ὁ Οἰνοανδεύς 77 – 142 CE via Martin Ferguson Smith
Great Preserver of Epicureanism

Themes: Fear Medicine

“People were so consumed by their fears and ambitions, their desires. They were so busy planning and plotting their lives that they failed to live them.”

Imhotep 2650 – 2600 BCE
First Western architect, engineer and physician

Themes: Fear Ambition

34. An Unmoored Boat

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for... surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”

King David 1000 – 920 BCE via Will Durant, Shan Dao
"The baffled king composing Hallelujah!"
from Book of Psalms

Themes: Evil Fear

“I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side… You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”

King David 1000 – 920 BCE
"The baffled king composing Hallelujah!"
from Book of Psalms

Themes: Fear

“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.”

Aesop 620 – 546 BCE via The Mouse and the Country Mouse
Hero of the oppressed and downtrodden
from Aesop's Fables, the Aesopica

Themes: Fear Peace

“It is better by far to risk the evils we anticipate than to remain in fear of what might happen.”

Herodotus Ἡρόδοτος 1 via Shan Dao
“The Father of History”
from Histories

Themes: Fear

“To stand from Fear set free, to breathe and wait; to hold a hand uplifted over Hate; what else is Wisdom?”

Euripides 480 – 406 BCE via Philip Vellacott, Shan Dao
Ancient humanitarian influence continuing today
from Bacchae Βάκχαι

Themes: Wisdom Fear Hate

“Fear of death is not wisdom, since no one knows whether death may not be the greater good.”

Socrates 469 – 399 BCE via Bertrand Russell
One of the most powerful influences on Western Civilization
from Apology

“To fear a crowd, and yet to fear solitude, to fear to go unguarded, to fear the very guards themselves; to be unwilling to dispense with an armed escort, and yet to feel displeasure at the sight of one's attendants carrying arms: what a hateful predicament.”

Xenophon of Athens Ξενοφῶν 1 via Kathleen Freeman
General, Socratic biographer, philosopher
from Hiero

“The wise become their own best friend and appreciate privacy while the man of no virtue or ability—afraid of solitude—turns into his own worst enemy”

Aristotle Ἀριστοτέλης 382 – 322 BCE via Shan Dao
from Nicomachean Ethics

“There is nothing terrible in life for the man who has truly comprehended that there is nothing terrible in not living.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE
Western Buddha
from On Nature

Themes: Fear

50. Claws and Swords

“The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE
Western Buddha
from On Nature

15. Inscrutability

“The gods are not to be feared; death cannot be felt; the good can be won; all that we dread can be conquered.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE
Western Buddha
from On Nature

Themes: Fear God

15. Inscrutability

“The happiest men are they who have arrived at the point of having nothing to fear.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE via Diogenes Laërtius
Western Buddha
from Maxims

Themes: Happiness Fear

“As soon as as fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.”

Chandragupta Maurya 340 – 297 BCE
Ashoka’s grandfather, founder of the Maurya Empire

Themes: Fear

“All the world fears Time but Time fears the Pyramids.”

Anonymous 1
Freedom from the narrow boxes defined by personal history
from Arabic proverb

Themes: Time Fear

“This fear, this night of the mind must be dispelled, not by the rays of the sun, but by the face of nature and her laws.”

Lucretius 99 – 55 BCE
(Titus Carus)
from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)

“Fear is the proof of a degenerate mind.”

Virgil 70 – 19 BCE
(Publius Vergilius Maro)
from Aeneid

Themes: Fear

“If you study the history and records of the world, you must admit that the source of justice is the fear of injustice.”

Horace 65 – 8 BCE
from Satires (35 BCE)

Themes: Justice Fear

“You will understand that there is nothing dreadful in this except fear itself.”

Seneca ˈsɛnɪkə 4 BCE – 65 CE
(Lucius Annaeus)

Themes: Fear

“Every person creates his own world, according to that which he fears and that which he loves”

Jesus 3 BCE – 30 CE via Didymos Thomas
from Gospel According to Thomas

Themes: Love Fear

“Not death or pain is to be feared, only the fear of death or pain.”

Epictetus Ἐπίκτητος 55 – 135 CE
from Discourses of Epictetus, Ἐπικτήτου διατριβαί

50. Claws and Swords

“All birth ends in death, all creation ends in dissolution. All accumulation ends in dispersion. All that appears real is transitory. Ignore these omens and drink the elixir of fearlessness!”

Nagarjuna नागर्जुन 1 via Keith Dowman

“If such a thing as 'I' exists indeed.
Then terrors, granted, will torment it.
Buttt since no self or 'I' exists at all,
What is there left for fears to terrify?”

Shantideva ཞི་བ་ལྷ།།། 685 – 763 CE via Mingyur Rinpoche
(Bhusuku, Śāntideva)

Themes: Egolessness Fear

“Abandon hope and fear. Let go of trying to accomplish something or exhibiting anything.”

Saraha 1

Themes: Hope Fear

72. Helpful Fear

“When ordinary officials and the common people have no fear, punishment occurs. When ministers and high officials have no fear, banishment occurs. When princes and kings have no fear, warfare occurs.”

Wang Zhen 809 – 859 CE
from Daodejing Lunbing Yaoyishu, The Tao of War

72. Helpful Fear

“All abstract labeling is futile, the cause of anxiety.”

Shantipa ཤཱནྟི་པ། 1 via Keith Dowman
("The Academic")
Mahasiddha #12
from Masters of Mahamudra

“Know that thankfulness is from the highest of stations, and it is higher than patience, fear, and detachment of the world.”

Al-Ghazali أبو حامد محمد بن محمد الطوسي الغزالي 1058 – 1111 CE
(Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali)
Philosopher of Sufism

“Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hatred, and hatred leads to violence. This is the equation.”

Averroes, Ibn Rushd ابن رشد‎‎ 1126 – 1198 CE

“Then what should I fear? I have never become less from dying.”

Rumi مولانا جلال‌الدین محمد بلخی 1207 – 1283 CE
(Rumi Mawlānā Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī)
from Masnavi مثنوي معنوي‎‎) "Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning”

50. Claws and Swords

“Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”

Dante 1265 – 1321 CE
(Durante degli Alighieri)

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”

Hafiz خواجه شمس‌‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی 1315 – 1394 CE
(Hafez, Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad)
Inspiring friend to the true and free human spirit

Themes: Fear

“Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.”

Hafiz خواجه شمس‌‌الدین محمد حافظ شیرازی 1315 – 1394 CE via Daniel Ladinsky
(Hafez, Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad)
Inspiring friend to the true and free human spirit

Themes: Fear

“For fear of becoming miserable, we never cease to be so.”

Poggio Bracciolini 1380 – 1459 CE via Sansoni
from Nel VI Centenario della Nascita

“we should wish to be both; but since love and feared can hardly exist together and if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”

Machiavelli 1469 – 1527 CE
(Niccolò Machiavelli)
from The Prince

Themes: Fear

“The contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.”

Copernicus, Nicolaus​ 1473 – 1543 CE
Creator of one of history's greatest revolutions

Themes: Fear Crazy Wisdom

“The fear of disease is more dangerous than disease itself.”

Paracelsus 1493 – 1541 CE via Kurt Seligman
(Theophrastus von Hohenheim)
Revolutionary, shamanistic alchemist

Themes: Fear

“Don’t let yourself be frightened by your own thoughts.”

Teresa of Avila 1515 – 1582 CE
from Way of Perfection

Themes: Fear

38. Fruit Over Flowers

“This is the real fear presaging my dying: what if my fire be only straw and flame?”

Gaspara Stampa 1523 – 1554 CE via Jane Tylus
from The Complete Poems

24. Unnecessary Baggage

“The thing I fear most is fear . . . it exceeds all other disorders in intensity.”

Montaigne 1533 – 1592 CE
Grandfather of the Enlightenment

Themes: Fear

72. Helpful Fear

“The origination of all great and lasting societies consisted not in the mutual good will men had toward each other, but in the mutual fear they had of each other.”

Thomas Hobbes 1588 – 1679 CE
from Philosophical Rudiments (1651)

Themes: Fear Peace

“Fear not what they can do to you; greater is he that is in you than he that is in the World”

Benjamin Lay 1682 – 1759 CE
from All Slave-Keepers That keep the Innocent in Bondage, Apostates

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

Alexander Pope 1688 – 1744 CE
Second most quoted English writer

Themes: Fear Wisdom

“It was an inflexible maxim of Roman discipline that good soldier should dread his own officers far more than the enemy.”

Edward Gibbon 1737 – 1794 CE
from Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire

“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 1743 – 1826 CE
from Notes on the State of Virginia

Themes: Fear God

65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

“The fool and the wise man are equally harmless; it is the half-wise and the half-foolish who are most to be feared.”

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749 – 1832 CE
from Sprüche in Prosa

Themes: Fear

“what begins in fear usually ends in folly”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 – 1834 CE

Themes: Fear

31. Victory Funeral

“The nature of realization is the absence of hope and fear.”

Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol ཞབས་དཀར་ཚོགས་དྲུག་རང་གྲོལ། 1781 – 1851 CE via Erik Pema Kunsang
from Flight of the Garuda

Themes: Fear Hope

3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

“Mixed in one mighty torrent did appear
Some flying from the thing they feared and some
Seeking the object of another's fear.

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822 CE
from The Triumph of Life

Themes: Fear

“The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then”

Thomas Carlyle 1795 – 1881 CE
"Great Man” theory of history creator

Themes: Fear

“We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 CE
Champion of individualism
from Representative Men (1850)

Themes: Fear

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 CE
Champion of individualism

Themes: Fear

“A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.”

Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 CE

“an utterly fearless man is a far more dangerous comrade than a coward… the most reliable and useful courage is that which arises from the fair estimation of the encountered peril.”

Herman Melville 1819 – 1891 CE
from Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes: Courage Fear

“religion can only change when the emotions which fill it are changed, and the religion of personal fear remains nearly at the level of the savage.”

George Eliot 1819 – 1880 CE
(Mary Anne Evans)
Pioneering literary outsider

from Middlemarch

Themes: Fear Change

“Ignorance is the parent of fear and being so nonplussed and confounded about the stranger, I confess I was as much afraid of him as if it was the devil himself”

Herman Melville 1819 – 1891 CE
from Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes: Ignorance Fear

“Almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it.”

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский 1821 – 1881 CE
from Brothers Karamatzov

Themes: Conformity Fear

“Erewhonians, therefore, hold that death, like life, is an affair of being more frightened than hurt.”

Samuel Butler 1835 – 1902 CE
Iconoclastic philosopher, artist, composer, author, and evolutionary theorist
from Erewhon

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

Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 CE
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
America’s most famous author

39. Oneness

“The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.”

William James 1842 – 1910 CE
"Father of American psychology”
from The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902

Themes: Fear Poverty

“Fear is again the mother of morals.”

Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – 1900 CE

Themes: Fear

“Abolish fear and you can accomplish whatever your wish.”

Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915 CE
from A Thousand and One Epigrams

Themes: Fear

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.”

Sigmund Freud 1856 – 1939 CE

Themes: Fear Freedom

“The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.”

Swami Vivekananda ʃami bibekanɔnd̪o 1863 – 1902 CE
"The maker of modern India"

Themes: Ignorance Fear

“It is pathetic to observe how lowly are the motives that religion, even the highest, attributes to the deity... That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.”

Santayana, George 1863 – 1952 CE
(Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás)
Powerfully influential, true-to-himself philosopher/poet

Themes: Fear God

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”

Rudyard Kipling 1865 – 1936 CE
Greatest—in-English—short-story writer

from Collected Works

Themes: Fear

“A man without fear cannot be a slave.”

Edith Hamilton 1867 – 1963 CE
from The Greek Way, 1930

Themes: Slavery Fear

“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate but it is fear.”

Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 CE

Themes: Enemy Fear Hate

“Love—and consequently fear—of the crowd is among the most powerful motives in all men: an inordinate love of the crowd which so completely dominates every other feeling that—unable to obtain the admiration of the janitor, of the passers-by, and of the loitering taxi driver—a man prefers never to be seen”

Marcel Proust 1871 – 1922 CE via Justin O'Brien, Shan Dao
Apostle of Ordinary Mind
from In Search of Lost Time

Themes: Fear

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”

Themes: Fear

“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 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”
from Unpopular Essays

Themes: Fear Fanaticism

“Where your fear is, there is your task.”

Carl Jung 1875 – 1961 CE
Insightful shamanistic scientist

Themes: Fear

“The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain the path does not lie through the fear of life and death and blind faith but through striving after rational knowledge.”

Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955 CE
from Science, Philosophy, and Religion 1941

“Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor.”

Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931 CE
from The Prophet

Themes: Fear

“the seat of fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.”

Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931 CE
from The Prophet

Themes: Fear

“I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE via tombstone

Themes: Hope Fear

72. Helpful Fear

“Look fear straight in the eye if you can and the fear will feel afraid and run away.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE
from Report to Greco

Themes: Fear

“The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.”

Will (and Ariel) Durant 1885 – 1981 CE

Themes: Hope Fear

72. Helpful Fear

“We shall banish fear... Rooted in a fuller life for every German from childhood to old age, National Socialism means a new day of abundance at home and a Better World Order abroad.”

Adolf Hitler 1
the most immoral and cruel conqueror in human history

Themes: Fear

“The rich are always afraid.”

Pearl Buck 1892 – 1973 CE

Themes: Wealth Fear

44. Fame and Fortune

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard… Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them… throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE

Themes: Fear Less is More

63. Easy as Hard

“Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward.”

Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986 CE
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)
from Core of the Teaching

13. Honor and Disgrace

“Fear withers the mind, distorts thought, and leads to all kinds of extraordinarily clever and subtle theories, absurd superstitions, dogmas, and beliefs.”

Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986 CE
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Themes: Fear

“You can only be afraid of what you think you know.”

Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986 CE
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Themes: Fear

“The basis of all religions is the cold fact of human mortality... Death is an ugly fact, but it is fascinating. It has fascinated men's minds from the Inca Indians to the most modern poets. It is probably the only thing that makes men thoughtful. We dislike it, we abhor it, and yet we are fascinated by the terror of extinction.”

Lín Yǔtáng 林語堂 1895 – 1976 CE
from On the Wisdom of America, 1950

“We are mortal as long as we fear death, but we become immortal as soon as we do not identify ourselves with the confines of our present personality and yield to the eternal rhythm of the universe in which we live.”

Anagarika​ (Lama) Govinda 1898 – 1985 CE
(Ernst Hoffmann)
Pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism to the West

from Inner Structure of the I Ching

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”

Anais Nin 1903 – 1977 CE

39. Oneness

“Every move we make in fear of the next war in fact hastens it.”

Gregory Bateson 1904 – 1980 CE

Themes: Fear War

“The knowledge of true danger may cure us of false fears”

Denys de Rougemont 1906 – 1985 CE
Non-conformist leader, influential cultural theorist
from Love in the Western World

Themes: Fear

“Totalitarianism appeals to the very dangerous emotional needs of people who live in complete isolation and in fear of one another.”

Hannah Arendt 1906 – 1975 CE
Fearless researcher into the darker reaches of the human psyche

Themes: Fear

“It is a sad fact of life that power and fear are the fountainheads of faith.”

Saul Alinsky 1909 – 1972 CE
from Rules for Radicals

Themes: Belief Fear

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

John Kennedy 1917 – 1963 CE
Modern America's most popular president

Themes: Fear

“The family’s function is to repress… to deny death by avoiding life… to promote respect, conformity, obedience; to con children out of play; to induce a fear of failure; to promote a respect for work; to promote a respect for ‘respectability.’”

R. D. Laing 1927 – 1989 CE
from Politics of Experience

Themes: Fear Family

“The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all of the people.”

Noam Chomsky 1928 CE –
from Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda

Themes: Control Fear

“I take the liberty of reading this chapter as a description of what we, ordinary people, should fear… the ruler. It’s certainly what William Blake would have told the oligarchs of the Industrial Revolution, who still control our lives.”

Ursula Le Guin 1929 – 2018 CE

Themes: Fear Control

72. Helpful Fear

“To Lao Tzu, not to fear dying and not to fear killing are equally unnatural and antisocial. Who are we to forestall the judgment of heaven or nature, to usurp the role of ‘the executioner’?”

Ursula Le Guin 1929 – 2018 CE

74. The Great Executioner

“Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something… We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment.”

Pema Chödrön 1936 CE –
(Deirdre Blomfield-Brown)
First American Vajrayana nun

Themes: Fear Hope

15. Inscrutability

“No one ever tells us to stop running away from fear. We are very rarely told to move closer, to just be there, to become familiar with fear.”

Pema Chödrön 1936 CE –
(Deirdre Blomfield-Brown)
First American Vajrayana nun
from When Things Fall Apart

Themes: Fear

“Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.”

Mary Catherine Bateson 1939 CE –

Themes: Fear

“Just fully being skillful involves total lack of inhibition. We are not afraid to be. We are not afraid to live… like a tiger in the jungle.”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE
from Myth of Freedom

57. Wu Wei

“The key to warriorship and the first principle of Shambhala vision is not being afraid of who you are… If we are willing to take an unbiased look, we will find that, in spite of all our problems and confusion, all our emotional and psychological ups and downs, there is something basically good about our existence.”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE
from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

51. Mysterious Goodness

“The bandits of hope and fear are subdued and all experiences are transformed into crazy wisdom.”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE via Nalanda Translation Committee
from Sadhana of Mahamudra

“inscrutability is based on fearlessness. This is unlike the conventional concept of inscrutability, which is deviousness or a blank wall… From this fearlessness, you develop gentleness and sympathy, which allow you to be noncommittal, but with a sense of humor.”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE
from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Themes: Inscrutable Fear

15. Inscrutability

“I'm not afraid of death because I don't believe in it. It's just getting out of one car, and into another.”

John Lennon 1940 – 1980 CE

50. Claws and Swords

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Aung San Suu Kyi အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည် 1945 CE –

Themes: Power Fear

75. Greed

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”

Aung San Suu Kyi အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည် 1945 CE –

Themes: Fear

15. Inscrutability

“Irrepressible curiosity vied with an instinctive fear... The principle that made other choices possible was missing. Or was it the choice that made the principle possible that was missing?”

Haruki Murakami 1949 CE – via Philip Gabriel
from Sputnik Sweetheart

“Very powerful forces are adamantly opposed to creating full employment [because] if enacted would remove ‘wage pressure’ — the fear struck into the hearts of the poor, of anyone who feared becoming poor, almost everyone on Earth.”

Kim Stanley Robinson 1952 CE –

Themes: Poverty Fear Control

“Fear has no end. Fear is limitless. Fear thrives and feeds on itself, preparing your for calamity, preparing you to believe... that the most important things... are the most dangerous. If it's real in your mind, it's real in the world.”

Neil Gaiman 1960 CE –
Myth-transmitting creative maelstrom
from American Gods

Themes: Fear

“Ironically, we never truly appreciated the experience for which we are nostalgic because we were too busy clinging to our hopes and fears at the time.”

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche རྫོང་གསར་ འཇམ་དབྱངས་ མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ རིན་པོ་ཆེ། 1961 CE –
(Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)
"Activity" incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

“One of our greatest Presidents in the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, understood this truth... He called upon the world to embrace four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.”

Barack Obama 1961 CE –

Themes: Fear Freedom

“I am not afraid of the devil, and you are just a man.”

Nina Lvovna Khrushcheva Нина Львовна Хрущёва 1964 CE –

Themes: Fear

“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali 1969 CE –
Powerful voice for Islamic reform

Themes: Fear

“Only people who think they have a future fear death.”

N. K. Jemisin 1972 CE –
from Broken Earth

“It is an infinite-minded player's appreciation for the unpredictable that allows them to make these kinds of changes. Where a finite-minded player fears things that are new or disruptive, the infinite-minded player revels in them.”

Simon Sinek 1973 CE –
from Infinite Game

Themes: Fear Creativity

“Buddhist training offers an alternative approach to experiencing life from an essentially fear-based perspective of survival in favor of experiencing it as a parade of odd and wonderful things.”

Mingyur Rinpoche 1975 CE –
Modern-day Mahasiddha

Themes: Fear

“science fiction tends to confuse intelligence with consciousness. As a result, it is overly concerned about a potential war between robots and humans, when in fact we need to fear a conflict between a small superhuman elite empowered by algorithms and a vast underclass of disempowered Homo sapiens... Karl Marx is still a better guide than Steven Spielberg.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Themes: Fear

“Greed and grievance have fueled many a conflict, but it is fear that has contributed the most to human suffering. It composes the most alluring cry with which to rally citizens and soldiers. It provides the easiest moral justification for the killing of other human beings.”

Deepak Malhotra 1
"Professor of the Year"

from Peacemaker's Code

Themes: Greed Fear

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