A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing anxiety.
—Bertrand A. Russell (1872–1970) British Philosopher, Mathematician, Social Critic
A problem not worth praying about is not worth worrying about.
We can always get along better by reason and love of truth than by worry of conscience and remorse. Harmful are these, and evil.
—Baruch Spinoza (1632–77) Dutch Philosopher, Theologian
If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying. Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars … or your two legs … or your hands … or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you’ll find that you won’t sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
If we would keep filling our minds with the picture of happy things ahead, many worries and anxieties, and perhaps ill health, would naturally melt away … Always expect the best. Then if you have to hurdle a few tough problems, you will have generated the strength and courage to do so.
—George Matthew Adams (1878–1962) American Columnist, Journalist
Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.
—Cullen Hightower (b.1923) American Humorist
As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
—Thomas Edison (1847–1931) American Inventor, Scientist, Entrepreneur
Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can’t help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won’t want to worry.
—B. C. Forbes (1880–1954) Scottish-born American Journalist, Publisher