125 Frightful Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of frightful quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about stage fright.

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  1. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. — Sydney Smith
  2. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. — Henry Ford
  3. To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright. — Walter Benjamin
  4. If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear? — Stevie Nicks
  5. If the hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with the monster of marijuana he would drop dead of fright. — Harry J. Anslinger
  6. There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  7. I am the shadow on the moon at night/Filling your dreams to the brim with fright. — Tim Burton
  8. To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter. — Francoise Sagan
  9. I get stage fright and gremlins in my head saying: 'You're going to forget your lines'. — Alan Rickman
  10. The Bat that flits at close of Eve Has left the Brain that won't believe. The Owl that calls upon the Night Speaks the Unbeliever's fright. — William Blake

The Most Famous Frightful Quotes

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Even the bravest men are frightened by sudden terrors. — Tacitus

Cruelty and fear shake hands together. — Honore de Balzac

It made our hair stand up in panic fear. — Sophocles

A frightened captain makes a frightened crew. — Lister Sinclair

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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. — C. S. Lewis

A fearful man is always hearing things. — Sophocles

I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me. — Arthur Wellesley

We are terrified by the idea of being terrified. — Friedrich Nietzsche

As shaking terrors from his blazing hair, a sanguine comet gleams through dusky air. — Torquato Tasso

There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid. — Mahatma Gandhi

Short Frightful Quotes

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  • Numbers are a fearful thing. — Euripides
  • I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me. — Duke of Wellington
  • The fearful face usually betrays great guilt. — Seneca
  • Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. — Henry David Thoreau
  • It is the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man. — Georges Bernanos
  • A pilot who says he has never been frightened in an airplane is, I'm afraid, lying. — Louise Thaden
  • How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset. — George Macdonald
  • You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love. — Warsan Shire
  • Of all the hazards, fear is the worst. — Sam Snead
  • To him who is afraid, everything rustles. — Sophocles

Frightful Image Quotes

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Frightful quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter. — Francoise Sagan

Frightful quote There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Fright Quotes

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Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual fife, fight! Fight as long as there is any life in you! Even though you know that you are going to be killed, fight till you are killed! Don't die of fright! Die fighting! Don't go down till you are knocked down. — Swami Vivekananda

I felt myself in a solitude so frightful that I contemplated suicide. What held me back was the idea that no one, absolutely no one, would be moved by my death, that I would be even more alone in death than in life. — Jean-Paul Sartre

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. — George Washington

Fright never injures anyone. What injures the spirit is having someone always on your back, beating you, telling you what to do and what not to do — Carlos Castaneda

It's about focusing on the fight and not the fright. — Robin Roberts

Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight. Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light — Dan Fogelberg

It has, moreover, been proven that horror, nastiness, and the frightful are what give pleasure when one fornicates. Beauty is a simple thing; ugliness is the exceptional thing. And fiery imaginations, no doubt, always prefer the extraordinary thing to the simple thing. — Marquis De Sade

My thought is me: that's why I can't stop. I exist because I think… and I can't stop myself from thinking. At this very moment - it's frightful - if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing. I am the one who pulls myself from the nothingness to which I aspire. — Jean-Paul Sartre

The mere possession of a gun is, in itself, an urge to kill, not only by design, but by accident, by madness, by fright, by bravado. — Louisa May Alcott

The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralysing stage fright — William Hurt

Stage Fright Quotes

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I have stage fright every single concert I've ever done. I have at least four or five minutes of it. It's absolute living hell. — Brian Wilson

Yes, I was scared, it was like stage fright, but I worked through it. If you've gotten to the door, you shouldn't doubt you can open it. — Lara Fabian

I don't get stage fright. I do get nervous before I play in front of big audiences [though]. — Jack Barakat

For me I have learned to enjoy everything, especially performing live, so much more. I used to get horrible stage fright when I was younger and today and just love to sing for anyone who still turns up at my shows! — Olivia Newton-John

He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next — Kurt Vonnegut

It's never fun to be scared [about stage fright] but I think that it is important and it's healthy to always push yourself. — Rose Leslie

Many people associate stage fright with a fear of looking ridiculous, making a bad impression. For me, it's like a kind of fever. — Jeanne Moreau

I always feel like if someone has stage fright, I really try and say, "Listen, these people want you to succeed, they want to have a good evening. They want to see something really great. They don't want to see something crappy. They don't. They want to be at something really special." — Laurie Anderson

I have big, big stage fright. — Andrea Bocelli

I like to take a puff or two before going on the air. I still get stage fright when I have to perform. A little grass gets rid of the problem. — Bob Denver

Frighten Quotes

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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. — Sigmund Freud

The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. — Niccolo Machiavelli

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. — Seneca The Elder

I have always looked at life as a voyage, mostly wonderful, sometimes frightening. In my family and friends I have discovered treasure more valuable than gold. — Jimmy Buffett

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Walk a single path, becoming neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat, without forgetting caution when all is quiet or becoming frightened when danger threatens. — Kano Jigoro

For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone. — Rod Serling

God is unchanging in His love. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. Don't let the newspaper headlines frighten you. God is still sovereign; He's still on the throne. — Billy Graham

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. — Rainer Maria Rilke

Dreadful Quotes

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There is nothing I dread so much as the division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our constitution. — John Adams

Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. — Frederick Douglass

This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the [slave] trade's wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for abolition. Let the consequences be what they would: I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition. — William Wilberforce

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. — George Bernard Shaw

We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom. Unwisely directed, it can be a dreadful, destructive force. — Mary Mcleod Bethune

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope. — Maya Angelou

The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated. — Katharine Hepburn

In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent. — Toni Morrison

I have outlived that care that curries public favour or dreads the public frown…let the hand of law strike me down if it will, but I ask that my story be heard and considered. — Ned Kelly

Fearsome Quotes

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[About Eichmann:] It was as though in those last minutes he was summing up the lesson that this long course in human wickedness had taught us - the lesson of the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil. — Hannah Arendt

I'm mad, true. But only about one thing. Horror movies. I love spooks. They are a friendly fearsome lot. Very nice people, actually, if you get to know them. Not like these industry chaps out here — Kishore Kumar

The ethical decision is always the fearsome decision. When something matters enough that we are afraid of the consequences - afraid that even the honorable choice could result in harm or loss or sorrow - that's when ethics are involved. — Henry W. Bloch

Nothing in the world is as fearsome as a bloody, battered opponent who will never surrender. — Gerry Spence

We seem to prefer a comfortable lie to the uncomfortable truth. We punish those who point out reality, and reward those who provide us with the comfort of illusion. Reality is fearsome .. but experience tells us that more fearsome yet is evading it. — Bill Moyers

Hear this or not, as you will. Learn it now, or later -- the world has time. Routine, repetition, tedium, monotony, ephemeracy, inconsequence, abstraction, disorder, boredom, angst, ennui -- these are the true hero's enemies, and make no mistake, they are fearsome indeed. For they are real. — David Foster Wallace

The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome. — George R. R. Martin

Pilgrimage means being alert to the times when all that's needed is a trip to a remote place to simply lose yourself, and to the times when what's needed is a journey to a sacred place, in all its glorious and fearsome masks, to find yourself. — Phil Cousineau

Peace /n/: A rare state which has only existed when a despot has been fearsome or strong enough to impose it. The image of your head on the end of a stick is a strong incentive toward 'visualizing world peace'. — Boyd Rice

The strike, the boycott, the refusal to serve, the ability to paralyze the functioning of a complex social structure-these remain potent weapons against the most fearsome state or corporate power. — Howard Zinn

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Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual. — Alfred Hitchcock

There is today a frightful disappearance of living species, be they plants or animals. And it's clear that the density of human beings has become so great, if I can say so, that they have begun to poison themselves. And the world in which I am finishing my existence is no longer a world that I like. — Claude Levi-Strauss

White rose in red rose-garden Is not so white; Snowdrops, that plead for pardon And pine for fright Because the hard East blows Over their maiden vows, Grow not as this face grows from pale to bright. — Algernon Charles Swinburne

I am now convinced that children should not be subjected to the frightfulness of the Christian religion [...]. If the concept of a father who plots to have his own son put to death is presented to children as beautiful and as worthy of society's admiration, what types of human behavior can be presented to them as reprehensible? — Ruth Hurmence Green

Nothing will ever equal that moment of joyous excitement which filled my whole being when I felt myself flying away from the earth. It was not mere pleasure; it was perfect bliss. Escaped from the frightful torments of persecution and of calumny, I felt that I was answering all in rising above all. — Jacques Charles

Murder in the murderer is no such ruinous thought as poets and romancers will have it; it does not unsettle him, or fright him from his ordinary notice of trifles; it is an act quite easy to be contemplated. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm suffering from stage fright. I don't like making speeches. [...] I'm the kind of introvert actor who likes putting on other people's clothes and pretending to be somebody else, which is completely crazy choice of profession. So, I don't enjoy public speaking and I have every sympathy for anyone who has to do it and doesn't enjoy it. — Helena Bonham Carter

When people can see a vision and simultaneously recognize what can be done step by step in a concrete way to achieve it, they will begin to feel encouragement and enthusiasm instead of fright. — Erich Fromm

It is a great mistake, as we have already remarked, to be afraid of Him and to act in His presence like a timid and craven slave trembling with fright before his master. — Alphonsus Liguori

I loved her fright, which was against me into the air! and the diamond white of her forelock which seemed to smart with thoughts as my heart smarted with life! and she'd toss her head with the pain and paw the air and champ the bit, as if I were Endymion and she, moon-like, hated to love me. — Frank O'Hara

More and more, Democrats are starting to worry they that they have a more um, colorful version of Jimmy Carter on their hands. Obama acts cool as a proverbial cucumber but that awful '70s show seems frightfully close to a rerun. — Eric Alterman

The study of dreams may be considered the most trustworthy method of investigating deep mental processes. Now dreams occurring in traumatic neuroses have the characteristic of repeatedly bringing the patient back into the situation of his accident, a situation from which he wakes up in another fright. — Sigmund Freud

The greatness of God, of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, is that, if rightly considered, which will support the spirits of those of his people that are frighted with the greatness of their adversaries. — John Bunyan

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault. If he betrays you twice, it is your fault. Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, they will never cease to be amused. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. — Henry Ford

If we knew that god exists, such knowledge would make morality impossible. For, if we acted morally from fear or fright, or confident of a reward, then this would not be moral. It would be enlightened selfishness. — Immanuel Kant

When I was trained as a journalist, as a race-relations reporter in Nashville covering the end of the civil-rights movement, we were strictly forbidden to use the first-person pronoun. There was kind of an electric charge around it. To come out from hiding and use the word 'I' carried a lot of fright for me. — Lawrence Wright

We do our universities a disservice when we brand them as a lost cause. There are some frightfully honest students out there, and when their questions are respectfully dealt with, many admit their vulnerability. — Ravi Zacharias

Underachievers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose except your fright. — Lou Reed

I turn away with fright and horror from the lamentable evil of functions which do not have derivatives. — Charles Hermite

God is frightful, God is great--you pick. I choose this: God is in the details, the completely unnecessary miracles sometimes tossed up as stars to guide us. They are the promise of good fortune in a cloudless day, and the animals in the clouds; look hard enough, and you'll see them. Don't ask if they're real. — Barbara Kingsolver

Does it seem to you impossible to imagine anything more inextricable than the social contract, when you think of the frightful number of relations that it must regulate -- something like squaring the circle, or finding perpetual motion? That is the reason why, wearied of the struggle, you fall back on absolutism and force. — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

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