— Molly Haskell American film critic 1939
— Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934
As quoted in Our Precarious Habitat (1973) by Melvin A. Benarde, p. v
Context: Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Source: 1910s, Why Men Fight https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Why_Men_Fight (1917), pp. 178-179
Context: Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
Variant: Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.”" -
Source: The Name of the Rose
— Louis Pasteur French chemist and microbiologist 1822 - 1895
Answer from Pasteur to his disciple Elie Metchnikoff when was questioned whether his approach to spontaneous generation was bound to a religious ideal. According to Patrice Debré's Luis Pasteur, 2000 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RzOcl-FLw30C&lpg=PP1&pg=PA176#v=onepage&q&f=false,, p. 176.
„Pride is a reaction formation to the feeling of inferiority, of the experience of powerlessness, of not being worthy enough of love. Only anxiety compels a person to lose moderation and to want to be more than he is. Out of fear of being an animal, he has to become an angel. Out of fear of being a nothing, a god. Anxiety never allows him to be simply a man.“
— Eugen Drewermann German psychologist and theologian 1940
Strukturen des Bösen III LXXVII (fifth edition 1986)
— John Cleese actor from England 1939
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Rien n'est plus contraire à la religion et au clergé qu'une tête sensée et raisonnable. — Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach, Théologie portative, ou Dictionnaire abrégé de la religion chrétienne (1768): Folie
„The wizards represent all that the true "muggle" most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!“
— Joanne K. Rowling British novelist, author of the Harry Potter series 1965
Salon (31 March 1999)
— Conan O'Brien American television show host and comedian 1963
Variant: Nothing is more terrifying than fearlessness.
„There is nothing more dangerous to the shackles of complacency and the warden of fear than philosophy in action.“
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 154
— Théodore Guérin Catholic saint and nun from France 1798 - 1856
First Journal of Travel (1840)
— Kevin Kelly American author and editor 1952
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)