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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Nisar Akhtar
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:05:27 AM

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Free your ear and you will have no fear!
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Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:42:38 AM
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If one has no fear one has never known courage
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:27:03 AM

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Except spiders. Nothing is so much to be feared as spiders, closely followed by fear.

(Don't forget I'm in Australia, the spiders here can kill you, just like the snakes, jelly fish, octopuses, ...)
Bully_rus
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:48:53 AM
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Don't be afraid... Fear is a human mechanism for dealing with fearsome ghastly outer world - nothing more.
ddaniel
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:13:22 AM

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Obviously not considering the Word of God that says fearing God is the beginning of wisdom...
JMV
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 4:04:56 AM

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I can't make up my mind as to whether that is profound or stupid.

I'm a big fan of Thoreau, so my judgment may be clouded.

Perhaps this is where FDR got his famous quote about having nothing to fear but fear itself.
Joy Frohlich
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 4:12:22 AM
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Sadly Thoreau knew nothing of the fear of God. Yes I think FDR did get his quote about having nothing to fear but fear itself from Thoreau. Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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If one fears a fear; that is a real fear! Applause
pedro
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 6:39:53 AM
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Nothing is so much enjoyed as enjoyment.
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It is the consequences of thinking far. Better to deal with what is on our plate today rather than what will be there by tomorrow and the coming times.
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Fear paralyses you - fear of flying, fear of the future, fear of leaving a rubbish marriage, fear of public speaking, or whatever it is.
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The thing I fear most is fear.
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Wanderer
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:43:46 AM

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I think fear is good. There are many things to fear. It is what you do with your fear. You can let it patalyze you or it can make things crystal clear. If you fear a coming event you can prepare for it. For example, if the deadly spiders hatch in September you may buy a big can of bug spray to have on hand. My point is fear can make you prepare and if you are prepared, you can overcome.
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Will spread this nice quote for sure. Thanks for sharing!
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


And the ones who hold no fear at all.
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No fear, no surrender.
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QUOTATION BY WHOM.......

The most famous phrase from Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address in March 1933 "... the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." was an adaptation of American writer Henry David Thoreau's musings of "Nothing is so much to be feared as fear" in a 1852 book. Franklin and aides had the book as his speech was written. Of course, Thoreau's thoughts were likely inspired by the Duke of Wellington 1832 words "The only thing I am afraid of is fear" which at least were preceded by Francis Bacon in 1623 "Nothing is terrible except fear itself", and "The thing of which I have most to fear is fear" by Michel de Montaigne in 1580.



http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_there_to_fear_but_fear_itself
capitán
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 2:20:48 PM

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Yes, most people reckon these words from Franklin Roosevelt's inaugural address in March, 1933.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

However, Henry David Thoreau wrote about fearing fear before.
"Nothing is so much to be fear as fear."

Then, we have the Duke of Wellington around 1832 who also wrote about fear:
"The only thing I am afraid of is fear."

Also, Francis Bacon transmitted the same message about fearing fear itself
"Nothing is terrible execpt fear itself."

Before they, one man wrote this in the first place, Michel de Montaigne in the renaissance:
"The thing of which I have most to fear is fear," about 1580.

Michel de Montaigne was an influence for many of the great men we know of nowadays.
It is no surprise that these words have been recycled by them.

Anyway, great men of history are great because they stand on the shoulder of giants, right?
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:03:49 PM

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capitán wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


And the ones who hold no fear at all.

The ones freed by the Khaleesi?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:32:58 PM

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What is surprising is how much we enjoy our fear. We will often refuse to give it up, even when we have opportunity to do so. So the ultimate irony seems to be that we are afraid of being free of fear...Think
Wanderer
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:44:34 PM

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FounDit wrote:
What is surprising is how much we enjoy our fear. We will often refuse to give it up, even when we have opportunity to do so. So the ultimate irony seems to be that we are afraid of being free of fear...Think


Applause Yes! We are afraid of being freed of fear. If we weren't afraid how could the politicians control us?
JMV
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 3:52:29 PM

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To NeuroticHellFem:

I personally would rather be held captive by Khaleesi.

I'm just saying . . . .
johnfl
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Give it up to FDR he used fear to define fear!
capitán
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:20:25 PM

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FounDit wrote:
What is surprising is how much we enjoy our fear. We will often refuse to give it up, even when we have opportunity to do so. So the ultimate irony seems to be that we are afraid of being free of fear...Think


Fear has long been the most powerful weapon of mankind.
When men harness fear, knives and guns are of no significance.
That is the reason why churches are so popular.
Yes, "god" has always wielded that power over so many.
Fear, guilt and shame are the only weapons religion needs to exert domain over so many.

Yet, some of us have the power of actually admiring the gargoyles outside the church,
and prefer it over the demons that lurk inside that institution.
Verbatim
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 5:55:32 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Fear not, all is well in...Camelot!Dancing
Milica Boghunovich
Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 11:22:37 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Yes, when fear destroys happiness.
Verbatim
Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 1:27:04 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Except doubt. Fear rises from doubt, is fed by imagination, and soon becomes self-propelled. Once stirred, can hardly be shaken.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 3:08:00 PM

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As always, right on the "mark", thank you Henry-David....
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:15:51 PM

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JMV wrote:
To NeuroticHellFem:

I personally would rather be held captive by Khaleesi.

I'm just saying . . . .

All men must die!
Verbatim
Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:46:38 PM
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Wanderer wrote: "I think fear is good. There are many things to fear. It is what you do with your fear. You can let it paralyze you or it can make things crystal clear...."

That distinction, that there are many kinds of fear, and the perspective of what one does with some kinds of fear, make a whole lot of difference for the validity of the original quote.

Thank you, Wanderer, for reminding us that "fear is good", at least under certain circumstances. Nothing is so much to be feared as the incapacity to feel fear, and deal with fear rationally.
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