Browse these quotes on Fear from distinguished African-Americans and how it can debilitate people.

Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.
Arthur Ashe

Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.
Marian Anderson

Fear is a state of nervousness fit for children and not men. When man fears a creature like himself he offends God, in whose image and likeness he is created. Man being created equal tearsr not man but God. To fear is to lose control of ones nervees, ones will, to flutter, like a dying fowl, losing consciousness, yes, alive.
Marcus Garvey

Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear.
Zora Neale Hurston

I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Rosa Parks

Last year, I was sort of a kid and I was a little scared, I ain't scared any more.
Hank Aaron

Let us banish fear.
Carter G. Woodson

That's one of the frailties of the human condition-people fear that which is not familiar.
Spike Lee

To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.
Bayard Rustin

What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

What was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me and it seemed like they'd been trying to do that a little bit at a time ever since I could remember.
Fannie Lou Hamer

Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power. The thing itself cannot touch you. But if you allow your fear to seep into your mind and overtake your thoughts, it will rob you of your life.
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine

When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde