Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. This Swedish Proverb summarises very well the whole message of this quotes collection.
One worries far too much. What will happen will happen. You can do nothing about it!
Have you ever watched a hamster racing around one of those circular wheels, never getting anywhere? They run and run but always remain in the same place.
Worry is just like that – the hamster wheel being your mind.
Don’t waste your time on things which haven’t happened and may never happen! Keep reminding yourself that you can’t control other people’s decisions and actions, but what you can control is yourself, your mind, and your own actions and therefore your own well-being and future.
The quotes are sorted chronologically by birth date of the originator and provide a wide picture of the perception of worries and dealing with them over the centuries.
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As a rule,
what is out of sight
disturbs men’s minds more seriously
than what they see.
Gaius Julius Caesar
and notable author of Latin prose)
There are more things, Lucilius,
that frighten us than injure us,
and we suffer more in imagination
than in reality.
Seneca the Younger,
fully Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Grief has limits,
whereas apprehension has none.
For we grieve only
for what we know has happened,
but we fear all
that possibly may happen.
Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus,
better known as Pliny the Younger
Never let the future disturb you.
You will meet it, if you have to,
with the same weapons of reason
which today arm you against the present.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
He who fears he shall suffer,
already suffers what he fears.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
Lord of Montaigne
of the French Renaissance,
known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre)
A hundred load of worry
will not pay
an ounce of debt.
orator and Anglican priest)
Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about
what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
Sorrow looks back.
Worry looks around.
Faith looks up.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it
with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
Henry Ward Beecher
social reformer, and speaker)
It is not the cares of today,
but the cares of tomorrow,
that weigh a man down.
He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature
and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll)