Eleanor Roosevelt quote on fear

Eleanor Roosevelt quote on Fear
Eleanor Roosevelt quote on Fear

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. Fear always makes it difficult for us to take bold and important decisions in life. We can overcome the feeling of fear by doing the things which scare us in life.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office.

I found this short Eleanor Roosevelt quote on fear very Inspirational, therefore sharing with you. Let me know your thoughts on fear, and this quote in comments.

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  1. I think that fear is the single biggest enemy of any positive change in life. In fact, the New Testament says that fear, not hate, is the opponent of love: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18).

    On a personal note, my dad was on the crew of a plane that took Eleanor Roosevelt out to visit the troops in the Pacific theater of operations. He remembered her as very encouraging to each person with whom she spoke.

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  2. well, this might be helpful in … many cases.
    But sometimes, you just have fear to hurt somebody … and i would rather die then hurting the one i love 😉
    so sometimes, its just better to find another way maybe …

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  3. I agree with Eleanor, it is a great way to grow. But I don’t see fear as the enemy, I see it as a friend, just like the ego, I think it’s really just there to keep me safe, and it’s up to me to chose if the risk is worth taking, most of the time it is. I will never get rid of fear, so I might as well make friends with it and use it to my advantage. Sometimes it shows me what I have to do, sometimes it shows me what not to do, it depends on the source of the fear. If the source of the fear is, for example, not to fit in, I choose that the risk is worth taking. If the source is that it will actually be threatening to my life, I might choose not to take the risk. The source of the fear is basic survival instincts, I have to decide if these still apply in the modern life. Is it still life threatening to not fit in for example? Most of the time no. But the instinct to keep me safe is still there, showing up as fear.

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  4. An admirable woman (arguably, more admirable than her husband), and the likely face on our next $10 bill!

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  5. I like this quote, because I’m so aware of an environment or the powers that be or simply just the media that seem to always “encourage” us to fear something. Earthquakes, terrorism, Greece defaulting (here in Euroland), heat waves, ageing, you name it. Life out there isn’t always pretty, but all these thoughts of fear are just helping the ghosts of fear to actually materialize!

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  6. I’ve said that quote to myself quite a few times. Some of my best experiences been when I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone, some of my worst have been when I’ve made a decision based on fear. Great blog!

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  7. What made me overcome my fears was that the pain of NOT changing became smaller than the pain of going through the change. Once I identified on paper all of the ways that giving into my fears was hurting/would hurt my life, it gave me the jolt I needed to get out there and just do it.

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    1. just do it. 🙂 I like your thoughts. There is only one solution “Just do it” 🙂

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  8. This would be a good practice. Fear stops me in my tracks, keeps me small, narrows my world. If I did something each day that scared me, fear would no longer have its retched hold on me.
    Now, to make a little list of things to start with!

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  9. I guess I will have to start a new journey while I embrace this quote. I’ve struggled with this particular fear all my life – interacting with strangers, or even the thought of joining a particular group where I have to express myself gives me the chill.This pattern is getting worse as I get older. I joined a screenplay class a few weeks ago. I’m now getting comfortable with peers. So, with your help, I’m going to make an effort to speak to a stranger everyday. Starting tomorrow, God’s willing.

    Thank you for visiting and follow my blog.

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  10. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” I’m sure you’ve posted that one too.

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  11. Fear can be paralyzing. It stops you in your tracks. But I think it can also empower you. I imagine life’s big problems to be like slipping off a precipice. At the last moment you grab the edge of the cliff. The fear just radiates through your body. At first you may not be able to move but your fear of dying takes over and you use all your strength to pull yourself back up until you’re safe again. We just can’t give up.
    Thanks for the inspiring quotes!

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  12. You can’t be courageous without fear. Fear is a necessary part of life and a protector for us, but it can overpower us so we need to keep it in check. Great quote 🙂

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  13. Great quote! I don’t even know if there is that many things that scare me that I could do one a day maybe mortify myself each day in some one. 😉

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  14. She was more than just the first lady, she was co-president towards the end of Franklin’s third term. He was bedridden and in pretty bad shape. She did her best to hide that fact from the American people. She spoke for him, signedhis name on official documents (even new bills), and took charge of all his duties. The public was unaware of this during that time. We only learned of it after the fact. I am sure that took a lot of courage to pull that off.

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  15. Very good advice. I plan to study her life with my son this year for US History, as well as the late President Roosevelt. It is good to cast out fears and Trust in the LORD

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