„To be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars- to be satisfied with your possessions but not content with yourself until you have made the best of them- to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice- to be governed by you admirations rather than by your disgusts- to covet nothing that is your neighbors except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners- to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ; to spend as much time as you can in God's out-of doors- these are the little guideposts on the footpaths to peace.“
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
Footpaths to Peace.
„If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?“
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
„Remember, however, before all else, to strip things of all that disturbs and confuses, and to see what each is at bottom; you will then comprehend that they contain nothing fearful except the actual fear.“
— Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 a.C.
Letter XXIV: On despising death, line 12 Alternate translation: You will understand that there is nothing dreadful in this except fear itself. (translator unknown).
„Nothing is what it seems, boy. Expect nothing and fear nothing, here or anywhere. There’s your first lesson.“
— Susan Cooper English fantasy writer 1935
Chapter 3 “The Sign-Seeker” (p. 36)
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
— Conan O'Brien American television show host and comedian 1963
„Daughter, we didn't need your note - or a prince's visit - to tell us you'd done nothing wrong. We know the daughter we raised. We fear for your future, but never for your character. You take our love and our trust wherever you wander.
— Gail Carson Levine, Fairest
„Fear is like a fire in your belly. Controlled, it warms you and keeps you alive. Uncontrolled, it burns and destroys you.“
— David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006