It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, There arises the recognition of ugliness. When they all know the good as good, There arises the recognition of evil.
No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers pleasure the highest good.
The greatest evil is physical pain.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
A fearful man is always hearing things.
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
My success and my misfortunes, the bright and the dark days I have gone through, everything has proved to me that in this world, either physical or moral, good comes out of evil just as well as evil comes out of good.
The first idea the child must acquire is that of the difference between good and evil.
Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love.
Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception.
Zen says: Remain true to your freedom. And then a totally different kind of being arises in you, which is very unexpected, unpredictable.
We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.
Where belief is painful we are slow to believe.