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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Fear
 
All the arms of England will not arm fear.  George Herbert.  1
All the weapons of war cannot arm fear.  2
A man may threaten and yet be afraid.  3
Afraid of his own shadow.  4
Are you afraid of him that died last year?  5
Do not lose honor through fear.  Spanish.  6
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.  Burke.  7
Every one wishes that the man whom he fears would perish.  Ovid.  8
Fear always springs from ignorance.  Emerson.  9
Fear can keep a man out of danger, but courage only can support him in it.  10
Fear guards the vineyard.  Italian, Spanish.  11
Fear has big eyes.  12
Fear has no understanding.  German.  13
Fear in love has no luck.  German.  14
Fear is a great inventor.  French.  15
Fear is a tyrant that frightens both child and man.  German.  16
Fear is cruel and mean.  Emerson.  17
Fear is often greater than the danger.  German.  18
Fear is one part of prudence.  19
Fear is stronger than love.  20
Fear is the mother of safety.  Sir H. Taylor.  21
Fear is the parent of cruelty.  Froude.  22
Fear makes lions tame.  German.  23
Fear naturally quickens the flight of guilt.  Dr. Johnson.  24
Fear not the future; weep not for the past.  Shelley.  25
Fear not the anger of the wise to raise,
Those can best bear reproof who merit praise.  Pope.
  26
Fear not to-morrow’s mischance.  Turkish.  27
Fear of death drives the wretches to prayer.  Seneca.  28
Fear of the future is worse than one’s present fortune.  Quintilian.  29
Fear shame.  Motto of the Duke of Portland.  30
Foolish fear doubleth danger.  31
For fear though faster than the wind
Believes ’tis always left behind.  Butler.
  32
Great fear is often concealed by a show of daring.  Latin.  33
He that fears danger in time seldom feels it.  34
He that fears leaves must not come into a wood.  35
He that fears not the future may enjoy the present.  36
He that fears you present, will hate you absent.  37
He that has been hurt fears.  38
He that hath been bitten by a serpent is afraid of a rope.  39
He that is afraid of wounds must not come nigh a battle.  40
He that’s afraid to do good, would do ill if he durst.  41
He who fears a sparrow will never sow millet.  Russion.  42
He who fears death has already lost the life he covets.  Cato.  43
He who fears death lives not.  44
He who fears God fears but him.  45
He who fears God is the true wise man.  46
He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear.  French.  47
He who fears his servants is less than a servant.  Publius Syrus.  48
He who is feared by many fears many.  German.  49
He who is feared gets more than his own.  Spanish.  50
 
 
I have lived too long near a wood to be frightened by owls.  51
It is good to fear the worst, the best saves itself.  52
It needs a high wall to keep out fear.  Danish.  53
Men as resolute appear, with too much as too little fear.  Butler.  54
Nobody would be afraid if she could help it.  Smollett.  55
No greater hell than to be a slave to fear.  Ben Jonson.  56
Of all the bad passions fear is most accursed.  Shakespeare.  57
Our fears are always more numerous than our dangers.  Seneca.  58
Over-daring is as great a vice as over-fearing.  Ben Jonson.  59
The fear of ill exceeds the ills we fear.  60
The first thing that introduced a God in the world was fear.  Petronius Arbiter.  61
The greater the fear the nearer the danger.  Danish.  62
There is no readiness so quick as the readiness of fear.  Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.  63
There’s nae medicine for fear.  64
They that fear an overthrow are half beaten.  65
’Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.  Shakespeare.  66
To be furious is to be frightened out of fear.  Shakespeare.  67
Too much fear cuts all the nerves asunder.  68
Too much fear is an enemy to good deliberation.  69
’Twas fear that first put on arms.  70
What! are you afraid of him that died last year?  71
Who fears is worthy of calamity.  Ben Jonson.  72
When one has seen the bear in the woods, he hears his growl in every bush.  German.  73
Who is in fear of every leaf must not go into the wood.  Italian, Dutch.  74
Wise fear beats care.  75
 
 
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