Worry Anxiety quote: He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

50 Inspiring & Thoughtprovoking Worry & Anxiety Quotes

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

(100 BC – 44 BC, Roman politician, general,
and notable author of Latin prose)

Worry Anxiety Quote: It is not work that kills, but worry - English Proverb

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

(ca. 4 BC – AD 65, Roman Stoic philosopher,
statesman, dramatist)

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

(61 – ca. 113, lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome)

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

(121 – 180 AD, Emperor of Rome)

He who fears he shall suffer,
already suffers what he fears.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
Lord of Montaigne

(1533 – 1592, one of the most significant philosophers
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.

George Herbert

(1593 – 1633, Welsh-born poet,
orator and Anglican priest)

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about
what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.

Benjamin Franklin

(1705 – 1790, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States)

Sorrow looks back.
Worry looks around.
Faith looks up.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 – 1882, American essayist, lecturer, and poet)

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it
with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.

Henry Ward Beecher

(1813 – 1887, American Congregationalist clergyman,
social reformer, and speaker)

It is not the cares of today,
but the cares of tomorrow,
that weigh a man down.

George MacDonald

(1824 – 1905, a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister;
He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature
and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll)

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