When we’re feeling afraid or unsure, when we start to doubt ourselves and the decisions we’ve made, sometimes all it takes are a few poignant words from a close friend to empower us once again. If you are struggling with anxiety or are experiencing difficulty in your life right now, perhaps some wise words from fellow humans will be enough to lift your spirits and motivate you to take that next step, whatever it may be.

 

Audre Lord

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lord

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Michelle Obama

You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.

Michelle Obama

Queen Latifah

Fear can be good when you’re walking past an alley at night or when you need to check the locks on your doors before you go to bed, but it’s not good when you have a goal and you’re fearful of obstacles. We often get trapped by our fears, but anyone who has had success has failed before.

Queen Latifah

Eleanor Roosevelt

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Paulo Cuelho

And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.

Paulo Cuelho

Francis Chan

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.

Francis Chan

 Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

Marianne Williamson

C. Joybell C.

Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.

C. Joybell C.

Ruby Dee

God, make me so uncomfortable that I will do the very thing I fear.

Ruby Dee

Dorothy Thompson

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.

Dorothy Thompson

Nelson Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela

Ray Bradbury

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all.

Ray Bradbury

About Annamarie Bellegante

About Annamarie

Born and raised in Des Moines, Annamarie Bellegante has been searching for a way to connect with the book publishing community within her beloved hometown and is absolutely thrilled to join Brain Mill Press. She currently works as a Content and SEO Strategist for a local web design company, but in her spare time she attends a monthly book club, volunteers at church, enjoys time with family and friends, and goes on many Skype dates with her boyfriend Tom, who is pursuing higher education in Colorado. An avid book reader and tea drinker, Anna loves all things relating to storytelling, language, editing, and humans. Her hobbies include spectating and participating in the performing arts, and she is a huge fan of semicolons and the Oxford comma. In spite of her usual hesitation of using superlatives, Anna strives to live each day according to the best song written by the best band: “All you need is love.”

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