Starting a new business has been tough.

It’s been up, and it’s been down. [You can catch up on the journey by reading my two major posts on launching my law firm: Going Over the Handlebars and Everything is Falling Apart.]

One of the things we all face regularly is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of dying. Fear of your new law firm tanking and taking your family with it. (OK. Maybe that is just my fear.)

There is plenty to be afraid of. Just last month, Chapman University published America’s Top Fears in 2015.

But faith is greater than fear.

I’ve put together a few quotes on fear that are encouraging me right now. I hope they encourage you, too.

Fear is reality minus God. Faith is reality plus God.

Jimmy Evans, Author of Marriage On The Rock

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Mark Twain, American Author

Fear is boring, because fear only ever has one thing to say to us, and that thing is: “STOP!”

Sit down and have a quiet conversation with your fear. Tell it that you will listen respectfully, say, when your fear warns you not to go swimming in 15-foot waves when you aren’t a strong swimmer. But you will not listen to your fear anymore when a small hopeful voice inside you says, “I want to make something.”

Now go make something, OK?

Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love

Even when I walk through the the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

King David, King of Ancient Israel

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

Sun Tzu, Author of The Art of War

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie, American Businessman

Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

Yoda, Jedi Master

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela, South African President

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.

Helen Keller, Born Blind and Deaf

Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.

Virgil Thomson, American Composer

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, American President

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.

Gandhi, Indian Independence Leader

Stop fretting! Start living! Go for it!

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