„The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.“

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American author 1890 - 1937

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„The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.“

—  H.P. Lovecraft, The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

"Supernatural Horror in Literature" (1927)
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Variant: The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown
Source: The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

„The strongest emotions in the marketplace are greed and fear.“

—  George Goodman American author and economics commentator 1930 - 2014

Chapter 7, Identity And Anxiety, p. 79
The Money Game (1968)

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„The three most harmful negative emotions are anger, guilt, and fear. And anger is number one. It is also the strongest and most dangerous of all passions.“

—  Joyce Meyer, Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don't Control You

Source: Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don't Control You

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„Could anything be more inimical to art than a fear of emotion, or a fear of "excessive" emotion, or a reluctance to express emotion around others?“

—  Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964

"Would you like to see a little of it?" said the Mock Turtle. (3 April 2010)
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2010
Context: Could anything be more inimical to art than a fear of emotion, or a fear of "excessive" emotion, or a reluctance to express emotion around others? No, of course not. Art can even best the weights of utter fucking ignorance and totalitarian repression, but it cannot survive emotional constipation.
I want a T-shirt that says, "Art is Emo." We live in an age where people are more apt to believe a thing if they read it on a T-shirt.

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„Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells.“

—  Max Brooks, book World War Z

Source: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

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„The world's oldest wisdom: each evil thought infuses the mind, sooner or later, with an unholy fear.“

—  Sri Chinmoy Indian writer and guru 1931 - 2007

#106, Part 2
Twenty Seven Thousand Aspiration Plants Part 1-270 (1983)

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„A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.“

—  Sigmund Freud Austrian neurologist known as the founding father of psychoanalysis 1856 - 1939

This is not a statement that has been found in any translation of any of Freud's known works. It is a paraphrase of a statement from the essay "Guns, Murders, and the Constitution" (February 1990) http://www.guncite.com/journals/gun_control_katesreal.html by Don B. Kates, Jr. where Kates summarizes his views of passages in Dreams in Folklore (1958) by Freud and David E. Oppenheim, while disputing statements by Emmanuel Tanay in "Neurotic Attachment to Guns" in a 1976 edition of The Fifty Minute Hour: A Collection of True Psychoanalytic Tales (1955) by Robert Mitchell Lindner:
Dr. Tanay is perhaps unaware of — in any event, he does not cite — other passages more relevant to his argument. In these other passages Freud associates retarded sexual and emotional development not with gun ownership, but with fear and loathing of weapons. The probative importance that ought to be attached to the views of Freud is, of course, a matter of opinion. The point here is only that those views provide no support for the penis theory of gun ownership.
After reading of this essay and its citations, this paraphrase of an opinion about Freud's ideas has been attributed to Freud himself, and specifically to his 10th Lecture "Symbolism in Dreams" in General Introduction to Psychoanalysis on some internet forum pages: alt.quotations http://groups.google.com/group/alt.quotations/msg/5fc8dd0f7d56981e, uk.politics.guns http://groups.google.com/group/uk.politics.guns/msg/4ad060e213bc5b6b, talk.politics.guns http://groups.google.com/group/talk.politics.guns/msg/7fbce4b3fa5324a7, can.talk.guns http://groups.google.com/group/can.talk.guns/msg/a57bc07124e64fba , etc.
One of the statements by Freud which Kates summarized from in Dreams in Folklore (1958), p. 33, reads: "The representation of the penis as a weapon, cutting knife, dagger etc., is familiar to us from the anxiety dreams of abstinent women in particular and also lies at the root of numerous phobias in neurotic people."
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„A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.“

—  Sigmund Freud Austrian neurologist known as the founding father of psychoanalysis 1856 - 1939

This is not a statement that has been found in any translation of any of Freud's known works. It is a paraphrase of a statement from the essay "Guns, Murders, and the Constitution" (February 1990) http://www.guncite.com/journals/gun_control_katesreal.html by Don B. Kates, Jr. where Kates summarizes his views of passages in Dreams in Folklore (1958) by Freud and David E. Oppenheim, while disputing statements by Emmanuel Tanay in "Neurotic Attachment to Guns" in a 1976 edition of The Fifty Minute Hour: A Collection of True Psychoanalytic Tales (1955) by Robert Mitchell Lindner:
:: Dr. Tanay is perhaps unaware of — in any event, he does not cite — other passages more relevant to his argument. In these other passages Freud associates retarded sexual and emotional development not with gun ownership, but with fear and loathing of weapons. The probative importance that ought to be attached to the views of Freud is, of course, a matter of opinion. The point here is only that those views provide no support for the penis theory of gun ownership.
: After reading of this essay and its citations, this paraphrase of an opinion about Freud's ideas has been attributed to Freud himself, and specifically to his 10th Lecture "Symbolism in Dreams" in General Introduction to Psychoanalysis on some internet forum pages: alt.quotations http://groups.google.com/group/alt.quotations/msg/5fc8dd0f7d56981e, uk.politics.guns http://groups.google.com/group/uk.politics.guns/msg/4ad060e213bc5b6b, talk.politics.guns http://groups.google.com/group/talk.politics.guns/msg/7fbce4b3fa5324a7, can.talk.guns http://groups.google.com/group/can.talk.guns/msg/a57bc07124e64fba , etc.
: One of the statements by Freud which Kates summarized from in Dreams in Folklore (1958), p. 33, reads: "The representation of the penis as a weapon, cutting knife, dagger etc., is familiar to us from the anxiety dreams of abstinent women in particular and also lies at the root of numerous phobias in neurotic people."
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„After divorce, women’s biggest fear is economic deprivation; men’s biggest fear is emotional deprivation.“

—  Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943

Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say (2000)

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„Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.“

—  Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves

Source: The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves

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„From where he was, the fear had stopped being an emotion and turned into an environment.“

—  Daniel Abraham speculative fiction writer from the United States 1969

Chapter 45 (p. 458)
Cibola Burn (2014)

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„Fear and destructiveness are the major emotional sources of fascism, eros belongs mainly to democracy.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno, book The Authoritarian Personality

The Authoritarian Personality (1950), p. 976, co-written with Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel Levinson, and Nevitt Sanford

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