Quotations on Anxiety

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My mother speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety.
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(Keywords: Home, Death, Mother, Life, Anxiety, Being, Duty, Letters, Living, Pain, Post, Relatives)

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Anxiety, Help, Memories, Poems, Poets)

Now is the age of anxiety.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Age, Anxiety, Now)

Few men have led a more active life - bodily or mentally - from a constitutional anxiety for regularity, precision, and order, during fifty years' business career, from which I had retired.
- William Banting
(Keywords: Business, Life, Men, Anxiety, Career, Order, Years)

Gather experience... Look at what you should not look at. A feeling of anxiety is the sure and certain evidence that you should do this.
- Clive Barker
(Keywords: Experience, Anxiety, Feeling)

I think it has other roots, has to do, in part, with a general anxiety in contemporary life... nuclear bombs, inequality of possibility and chance, inequality of goods allotted to us, a kind of general racist, unjust attitude that is pervasive.
- Leonard Baskin
(Keywords: Life, Attitude, Possibility, Anxiety, Bombs, Chance, Inequality)

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Faith, Anxiety, Tomorrow)

There is always one person on the set who has a lot of anxiety, an actor who is really intense and has to stay in character and holds himself away from the rest of us.
- Maria Bello
(Keywords: Character, Actor, Anxiety, Rest)

If I were to sum up the negative reactions to my work, I think there are two primary causes: one is that if there is discourse about anxiety it is necessarily going to induce anxiety. It will represent a return of the repressed for a great many people.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Work, People, Negative, Anxiety, Will)

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level. Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status: for not showing them respect, for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: Anxiety, Respect)

When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally at first makes people talk about the hero, but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight, so that we await his entrance with curiosity, and sometimes with anxiety.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Time, People, Anxiety, Curiosity, First, Shakespeare, Sight, Talk)

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
- Robert Browning
(Keywords: Men, Anxiety, Birds, Dogs, Labor)

I think it is important to ask ourselves as citizens, not as Democrats attacking the administration, but as citizens, whether a world power can really provide global leadership on the basis of fear and anxiety?
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Keywords: Leadership, Power, Fear, Anxiety, Democrats, World)

Kindness is the cause of all anxiety.
- David D. Burns
(Keywords: Anxiety, Cause, Kindness)

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
- Robert Burton
(Keywords: Men, Anxiety, Birds, Dogs, Labor)

Food can become such a point of anxiety - not because it's food, but just because you have anxiety. That's how eating disorders develop.
- Vanessa Carlton
(Keywords: Food, Anxiety, Eating)

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Soul, Anxiety, Beginning, Conscience, Innocence)

And I kind of said to myself if I get my voice back I'm not going to take back the old anxiety about it and just focus on the limitations. I'm really going to enjoy it.
- Rosanne Cash
(Keywords: Anxiety, Focus, Limitations, Old, Voice)

I believe a lot of disease comes from anxiety, loneliness.
- Tom Cochrane
(Keywords: Anxiety, Disease, Loneliness)

Almost all the ideas we have about being a man or being a woman are so burdened with pain, anxiety, fear and self-doubt. For many of us, the confusion around this question is excruciating.
- Andrew Cohen
(Keywords: Fear, Ideas, Anxiety, Being, Confusion, Man, Pain, Question, Self, Woman)

If I'm driving to L.A. and have anxiety about making the drive, if I've got Peggy with me, we're cool.
- Rita Coolidge
(Keywords: Anxiety, Driving)

It came home to me indelibly that I was never going to change anything in America by walking around carrying a sign. It was a great revelation. It saved me a lot of anxiety and a lot of wasted energy.
- Peter Coyote
(Keywords: Change, Home, America, Anxiety, Energy, Walking)

The real effect of the WTC calamity has been depressed spirits, anxiety, and uncertainty among publishers, and of course those emotions are not restricted to publishers.
- Richard Curtis
(Keywords: Anxiety, Calamity, Effect, Emotions, Spirits, Uncertainty)

I tell you, the difference for me is between being victimized, terrorized, numbed by reading about different disasters, or reducing the anxiety by getting up and doing something about it, at whatever level.
- Ted Danson
(Keywords: Anxiety, Being, Difference, Disasters, Reading)

Still today, I cannot cross the threshold of a teaching institution without physical symptoms, in my chest and my stomach, of discomfort or anxiety. And yet I have never left school.
- Jacques Derrida
(Keywords: Anxiety, School, Teaching, Today)

Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
(Keywords: Anxiety, Man, Worship)

I think the dangers are different now. Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety.
- Carol Ann Duffy
(Keywords: Abuse, Anxiety, Now)

There's an insecure part of me that comes out of me, I get nervous. I don't know why, I wish I could overcome it because it gives me an anxiety feeling.
- Fred Durst
(Keywords: Anxiety, Feeling)

Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.
- Will Durst
(Keywords: Fear, Hope, Anxiety, Comedy, Contempt, Defiance, Laughter)

The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
- Wayne Dyer
(Keywords: Anger, Fear, Anxiety, Stress, Talk, World)

I had a great many sex and love cases where people were absolutely devastated when somebody with whom they were compulsively in love didn't love them back. They were killing themselves with anxiety and depression.
- Albert Ellis
(Keywords: Love, Sex, People, Anxiety, Depression, Killing)

Freedom from care and anxiety of mind is a blessing, which I apprehend such people enjoy in higher perfection than most others, and is of the utmost consequence.
- William Falconer
(Keywords: People, Anxiety, Care, Freedom, Mind, Perfection)

A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained.
- Millicent Fawcett
(Keywords: Education, Women, Anxiety, Conviction, Girls, Present, Will)

I think there's an anxiety in life where we automatically tend to look to the next thing or we're complaining about the past. Worrying is not going to make it happen or not happen.
- Sherilyn Fenn
(Keywords: Life, Anxiety, Complaining, Past)

For success, the author must make the reader care about the destiny of the principals, and sustain this anxiety, or suspense, for about 100,000 words.
- Ken Follett
(Keywords: Success, Anxiety, Care, Destiny, Suspense, Words)

The act of birth is the first experience of anxiety, and thus the source and prototype of the affect of anxiety.
- Sigmund Freud
(Keywords: Experience, Act, Anxiety, First)

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
- Paul Fussell
(Keywords: People, Americans, Anxiety, Automobiles, College, University, World)

The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.
- Daniel Goleman
(Keywords: Anxiety, Depression, Example, Mind, Nothing)

On the night before we were married, all of the anxiety in the world came down upon me.
- John C. Hawkes
(Keywords: Anxiety, Night, World)

If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself.
- Martin Heidegger
(Keywords: Death, Life, Anxiety, Will)

What I wasn't prepared for were the feelings of anxiety that it stirred in me. I wasn't prepared for the initial feeling of I don't want to have to do that again. I was scared.
- Mariel Hemingway
(Keywords: Feelings, Anxiety, Want)

I had a lot of time to think, and that is not good for your mind. And when it actually happened, it was not so much a celebration but the relief. It was an exorcism anxiety. After each race there is a procedure in which you get taken off to the podium and the TV interviews.
- Damon Hill
(Keywords: Time, Anxiety, Mind, Race)

He was scarcely then a year old, and knew so little of herding that he had never turned a sheep in his life; but as soon as he discovered it was his duty to do so I can never forget with what anxiety and eagerness he learned his different evolutions.
- James Hogg
(Keywords: Life, Anxiety, Duty, Forget, Old, Sheep)

I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it's shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it's a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block to their best self. It's truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that every day.
- Tom Hooper
(Keywords: Anxiety, Day, Insecurity, Inspiring, Overcoming, Self, Shyness)

With the coming of radio as a mass medium, suddenly the world changed. It became about, 'can this leader project emotional connection through the way he speaks on the radio?' And the anxiety about whether he could do that, we've inherited.
- Tom Hooper
(Keywords: Leader, Anxiety, Connection, Project, World)

I use the music to vent, and a lot of the stuff that I am writing about or was writing about contained a lot of anger and anxiety, stress and depression, so that's how the album came out so dark.
- Vanilla Ice
(Keywords: Anger, Music, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Writing)

It was about this time that I began experiencing the beginnings of my battles with an anxiety disorder. We were touring a lot and there were some developing personal problems within the band.
- Jack Irons
(Keywords: Time, Anxiety, Beginnings, Disorder, Problems)

I had turned my anxiety into my profession.
- Francois Jacob
(Keywords: Anxiety, Profession)

Even during the rationing period, during World War II, we didn't have the anxiety that we'd starve, because we grew our own potatoes, you know? And our own hogs, and our own cows and stuff, you know.
- James Earl Jones
(Keywords: War, Anxiety, Cows, World, World war)

A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.
- Pauline Kael
(Keywords: Mistake, Anxiety, Judgment)



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