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Roosevelt on Fear (no, not that one)

"There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to 'mean' horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid." An Autobiography, 1913

Posted on: May 30th, 2012 by admin

I always thought the words ‘there is nothing to fear but fear itself’ were sort of silly and struck me as an empty platitude. I much prefer these quotes by FDR’s older cousin, Theodore:

“The worst of all fears is the fear of living.”
An Autobiography, 1913

“There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid.”
An Autobiography, 1913

One often hears lines like this in films; similar quotes are so common that it’s easy to gloss over them, but when Theodore Roosevelt wrote these words, he wasn’t speaking rhetorically. He was literally talking about overcoming fears of grizzly bears, mean horse and gun-fighters. It has been often been said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the over-coming of it.

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