Loans and debts make worry and frets.
Neither comprehension nor learning can take place in an atmosphere of anxiety.
—Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (1890–1995) American Philanthropist, Socialite
When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.
—Joseph Joubert (1754–1824) French Writer, Moralist
As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men’s minds more seriously than what they see.
—Julius Caesar (c.100–44BCE) Roman Statesman, Military General
Worry: a sustained form of fear caused by indecision.
If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
God gave burdens, also shoulders.
Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst.
—F. H. Bradley (1846–1924 ) British Idealist Philosopher
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
—Edmund Burke (1729–97) British Philosopher, Statesman
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
—Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) American Writer
If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of troubles.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright
We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic.
—Cullen Hightower (b.1923) American Humorist
Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.
—Charles M. Schulz (1922–2000) American Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there.
We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives
—Maya Angelou (1928–2014) American Poet
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
—Lin Yutang (1895–1976) Chinese Author, Philologist
Worry is evidence of an ill-controlled brain; it is merely a stupid waste of time in unpleasantness. If men and women practiced mental calisthenics as they do physical calisthenics, they would purge their brains of this foolishness.
—Arnold Bennett (1867–1931) British Novelist, Playwright, Critic
I ain’t the ulcer type, but I’m always worrying about something
—Yogi Berra (1925–2015) American Sportsperson
Worry is like a rocking chair: it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.
—Corrie Ten Boom (1892–1983) Dutch Jewish Humanist
There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.
—Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818–85) American Humorist, Author, Lecturer
Don’t worry about your heart, it will last you as long as you live.
—W. C. Fields (1880–1946) American Actor, Comedian, Writer
I know I’ll handle it. I have nothing to worry about.
—Susan Jeffers (1938–2012) American Psychologist, Self-Help Author
Of course I realized there was a measure of danger. Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when I first considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it again.
—Amelia Earhart (1897–1937) American Aviator
Al Gore has gained a lot of weight lately. Of course, unlike his former boss he only has to worry about getting into his own pants.
—David Letterman (b.1947) American TV Personality, Comedian
The work of worrying—when it succeeds—is to rehearse what those dangers are, and reflect on ways to deal with them. But worry doesn’t work all that well. New solutions and fresh ways of seeing a problem do not typically come from worrying, especially chronic worry. Instead of coming up with solutions to these potential problems, worriers typically ruminate on the danger itself, immersing themselves in a low-key way in the dread associated with it while staying in the same rut of thought. Chronic worriers worry about a wide range of things, most of which have almost no chance of happening; they read dangers into life’s journey that others never notice.
—Daniel Goleman (b.1946) American Psychologist, Author, Science Journalist
None knows the weight of another’s burden.
—George Herbert (1593–1633) Welsh Anglican Poet, Orator, Clergyman
Suspense is worst than disappointment.
—Robert Burns (1759–96) Scottish Poet, Songwriter
It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.
—Charles Spurgeon (1834–92) English Baptist Preacher
You can’t start worrying about what’s going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what’s happening now.
—Lauren Bacall (1924–2014) American Film Actress
Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.
—Democritus (c.460–c.370 BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher
We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.
—Persius (34–62 CE) Roman Satirist
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
—Lily Tomlin (b.1939) American Comedy Actress
If you’re inclined to worry, society sure has given you a good selection.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
—Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948) Indian Hindu Political leader
The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry.
—James Truslow Adams (1878–1949) American Historian, Writer
Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.
—Hosea Ballou (1771–1852) American Theologian
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
Worry is the sin we’re not afraid to commit.
Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience.
—Diane Arbus (1923–71) American Photographer
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
—Theodor Seuss Geisel (‘Dr. Seuss’) (1904–91) American Children’s Books Writer, Writer, Cartoonist, Animator
I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief…. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
—Wendell Berry (b.1934) American Poet, Novelist, Environmentalist
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
—Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Head of State, Political leader, Historian, Journalist, Author
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.
—Napoleon I (1769–1821) Emperor of France
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn’t you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn’t most of them turn out all right after all?
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955) American Self-Help Author
Worry—a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.
When you first learn to love hell, you will be in heaven.
—Thaddeus Golas (1924–97) American New Age Writer
The only way I’d worry about the weather is if it snows on our side of the field and not theirs.
—Tommy Lasorda (b.1927) American Baseball Player, Coach
Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream
—Laozi (fl.6th Century BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Sage