Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Dread

"To crush, to annihilate a man utterly, to inflict on him the most terrible of punishments so that the most ferocious murderer would shudder at it and dread it beforehand, one need only give him work of an absolutely, completely useless and irrational character" - Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

"No hell will frighten men away from sin; no dread of prospective misery; only goodness can cast hell out of any man, and set up the kingdom of heaven within." - Hugh Reginald Haweis

"The spirit of the people must frequently be roused, in order to curb the ambition of the court; and the dread of rousing this spirit must be employed to prevent that ambition. Nothing so effectual to this purpose as the liberty of the press; by which all the learning, wit, and genius of the nation, may be employed on the side of freedom, and every one be animated to its defense." - David Hume

"There is little peace or comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events. He that worries himself with the dread of possible contingencies will never be at rest." -

"The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good." - John Locke

"All roads are barricaded off with dread." - Steve Schwarzman, fully Stephen "Steve" Allen Schwarzman

"Anxiety is a word of unbelief or unreasoning dread. We have no right to allow it. Full faith in God puts it to rest." - Horace Bushnell

"Must I consume my life - this little life, in guarding against all may make it less? It is not worth so much! - it were to die before my hour, to live in dread of death." -

"Silence is all we dread. There's Ransom in a Voice - but Silence is Infinity." -

"There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings." - Fyodor Dostoevsky, fully Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoevsky or Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevski

"We are all approaching that dread tribunal. However diversified our paths, they all converge toward that common centre. The young, with their elastic thread, are striding to the judgment; the old, with their tottering limbs are creeping to the judgment; the rich in their splendid equipages are driving to the judgment; the poor in rags and barefooted are walking to judgment." - Richard Fuller

"As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the an who has an overpowering dread of solitude." - Philip G. Hamerton, fully Philip Gilbert Hamerton

"Those who are unacquainted with the world take pleasure in the intimacy of great men; those who are wiser dread the consequences." - Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

"The whole world is put in motion by the wish for riches and the dread of poverty." -

"To dread no eye and to suspect no tongue is the great prerogative of innocence - an exemption granted only to invariable virtue." -

"Present sufferings seem far greater to men than those they merely dread." - Livy, formally Titus Livius, aka Titus Livy NULL

"It is curious how tyrannical the habit of reading is, and what shifts we make to escape thinking. There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds." - James Russell Lowell

"There is no bore we dread being left alone with so much as our own minds." - James Russell Lowell

"Borders are scratched across the hearts of men by strangers with a calm, judicial pen, and when the borders bleed we watch with dread the lines of ink along the map turn red." - Marya Mannes

"Neither dread your last day nor desire it." - Martial, full name Marcus Valarius Martialis NULL

"He is much to be dreaded who stands in dread of poverty." - Publius Syrus

"The contemplation of night should lead to elevating rather than to depressing ideas. Who can fix his mind on transitory and earthly things, in presence of those glittering myriads of worlds; and who can dread death or solitude in the midst of this brillings, animated universe, composed of countless suns and worlds, all full of light and life and motion?" -

"He who unreservedly accepts whatever God may give him in this world – humiliation, trouble, and trial from within or from without – has made a great step towards self-victory; he will not dread praise or censure, he will not be sensitive; or if he finds himself wincing, he will deal so cavalierly with his sensitiveness that it will soon die away. Such full resignation and unfeigned acquiescence is true liberty, and hence arises perfect simplicity." -

"The most fateful choices are made in tragic loneliness. In the valley of decision, we stand alone, accompanied by our haunting fears and our stubborn hopes, by dread despair or gritty faith. Yet, though we appear to stand solitary, in truth we are accompanied by the tall and brave spirits who have stood where we stand and who, when torn between “No” and “Yes” to life and its infinite possibilities; by those who have had the wisdom to focus not on what they had lost but on what they had left; by those who understood that fate is what life gives us and that destiny is what we do with what’s given; and by those who, therefore, grasped the liberating truth that while we have no control over our fate, we do have an astonishing amount of control over our destiny." - Sidney Greenberg

"Many live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts adventure into life. It gives us something to sharpen our souls on. The unexpected around the corner gives a sense of anticipation and surprise. Thank God for the unknown future. If we saw all good things which are coming to us, we would sit down and denigrate. If we saw all the evil things, we would be paralyzed. How merciful is God is to lift the curtain on today; and as we get strength today to meet tomorrow, then to lift the curtain on the morrow. He is a considerate God." - E. Stanley Jones, fully Eli Stanley Jones

"One ought to both be feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved, if one of the two has to be wanting… Love is held by a chain of obligation, which men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose; but fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails." - Niccolò Machiavelli, formally Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli

"Dread not events unknown, and be not downhearted, for the fountain of the water of life is involved in obscurity." -

"As much as we thirst for approval we dread condemnation." - Hans Seyle, fully Hans Hugo Bruno Seyle

"The real cause for dread is not a machine turned human, but a human turned machine." -

"Be content with what you are, and wish not change, not dread your last day, not long for it." -

"I believe that if we are able to acknowledge our isolated situations in existence and to confront them with resoluteness, we will be able to turn lovingly toward others. If, on the other hand, we are overcome with dread before the abyss of loneliness, we will not reach out toward others but instead will flail at them on order not to drown in the sea of existence." - Irvin David Yalom

"The ultimate dread occurs when we confront nothing. In the face of nothing, no thing and no being can help us; it is at that moment when we experience existential isolation in its fullness." - Irvin David Yalom

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted and always derided as fools and madmen." -

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar...hence innovators have generally been persecuted and always derided as fools and madmen." -

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted and always derided as fools and madmen." -

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar...hence innovators have generally been persecuted and always derided as fools and madmen." -

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted and always derided as fools and madmen." -

"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar...hence innovators have generally been persecuted and always derided as fools and madmen." -

"Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counselor of the wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other; it warns us with a voice tht even the sagest discredit too long, and the silliest believe too late. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it; he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Men fear death, as children fear the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased by frightful tales, so is the other. Groans, convulsions, weeping friends, and the like show death terrible; yet there is no passion so weak but conquers the fear of it, and therefore death is not such a terrible enemy. Revenge triumphs over death, loves slights its, honor aspires to it, dread of shame prefers it, grief flies to it, and fear anticipates it." - Francis Bacon

"Humility is the wish to be great and the dread of being called great. It is the wish to help and the dread of thanks. It is the love of service and the distaste for rule. It is trying to be good and blushing when caught at it." - Frank Crane

"Responsibility is the thing people dread the most of all. Yet it is one thing in the world that develops us." - Frank Crane

"Temperence in all things, including our hopes as well as our fears, is a worthy goal, but it is hardly human to be always temperate. It is far wiser to know how to balance a great sorrow with a great happiness, or a recurrence of dread with a renewal of faith." - Gail Sheehy

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." - George Bernard Shaw

"When we withdraw from human intercourse into solitude, we are more peculiarly committed in the presence of the divinity; yet some men retire into solitude to devise or perpetrate crimes. This is like a man going to meet and brave a lion in his own gloomy desert, in the very precincts of his dread abode." - John Foster, fully John Watson Foster

"This longing after immortality? Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror, of falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul back on herself, and startles at destruction. ‘Tis the divinity that stirs within us; ‘tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter, and intimates eternity to man." - Joseph Addison

"When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come." - Joseph Joubert

"Wise people learn not to dread but actually to welcome problems because it is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning." - M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

"All warriors may see an example of their common frailty, and learn a lesson that there is nothing durable or constant? For what time can men select to think themselves secure, when that of victory itself forces us more than any to dread our own fortune?" - Plutarch, named Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus after becoming Roman citizen NULL

"It isn’t the experience of today that drives men mad. It is the remorse for something that happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may disclose." - Robert Jones Burdette