What Is Worry Good For?

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Instead of Worry: Pray, Problem-Solve, or Cope

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” —John 14:27

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  • Worry is a negative self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Worry is negative conditioning.
  • Worry is negative expectation.
  • Worry is negative intention.
  • Worry is negative planning.
  • Worry is negative prayer.
  • Worry is negative programming.
  • Worry is negative scripting.
  • Worry is negative visualization.
  • Worry is whining to yourself ahead of time.

Instead of Worry, Do One of these Three:

  1. Pray: Prayers & Praying
  2. Problem-solve: Problem-solving steps are in the book Problem Solved! 3RS
  3. Cope: Coping Skills
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2 Healthy Options for Coping

Quotations from Various Sources

Listed Alphabetically

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” —John Lubbock

“A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” —Charlotte Bronte

“Action conquers fear.” —Peter N. Zarlenga

“All fear is bondage.” —Anonymous

“All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing.” —Herodotus

“Anxiety cannot provide security.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Anxiety is a good tool but a bad master.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Anxiety is only the problem when it’s the solution.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Be afraid of what God thinks of you but no person.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Be willing to trust your instincts, especially if you cannot find answers elsewhere.” —Brian Koslow

“Convince yourself that worrying about many situations will make them worse rather than improve them.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 174

“Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.” —Clare Booth Luce

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can’t practice any other virtue with consistency.” —Maya Angelou

“Danger can never be overcome without taking risks.” —Latin proverb

“Don’t fight with the pillow, but lay down your head / And kick every worriment out of the bed.” —Edmund Vance Cooke

“Even with worry, you cannot make the future present.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.” —Frederic Chopin

“Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.” —Mary C. Crowley

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” —Henry Ward Beecher

“Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

“Fear breeds fear.” —Byron Janis

“Fear is a noose that binds until it strangles.” —Jean Toomer

“Fear is faith in failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” —Swedish proverb

“Fear tastes like a rusty knife and do not let her into your house.” —John Cheever

“Fear to let fall a drop and you spill a lot.” —Malay proverb

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“He who fears something gives it power over him.” —Arab proverb

“How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.” —Thomas Jefferson

“I have come to realize that all my trouble with living has come from fear and smallness within me.” —Angela L. Wozniak

“I like the man who faces what he must, / With steps triumphant and a heart of cheer; / Who fights the daily battle without fear.” —Sarah Knowles Bolton

“I’ve developed a new philosophy—I only dread one day at a time.” —Charlie Brown

“If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.” —Horace

“If you suppress grief too much it can well redouble.” —Moliere

“In fact most of what we call anxiety is overconcern about what someone thinks of you.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper,A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 163

“It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear.” —E. H. Harriman

“It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down.” —George MacDonald

“Life is to be entered upon with courage.” —Alexis de Tocqueville

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.” —Michel de Montaigne

“No human thing is of serious importance.” —Plato, The Republic

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.” —Maya Angelou

“Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.” —John Dryden

“Our only security is our ability to change.” —John Lilly

“People who constantly worry are a worry.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“People who continually doubt are to be doubted.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“People who do not show trust are untrustworthy.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” —Albert Camus

“Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” —William Feather

“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.” —Henry Van Dyke

“The great majority of the things we now make ourselves panicked about are self-created ‘dangers’ that exist almost entirely in our own imaginations.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper,A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 171

“The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.” —Sophocles

“The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of utmost danger.” —Luca

“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear–fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.” —H. L. Mencken

“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear–fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.” —H. L. Mencken

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” —Robert Frost

“There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself.” —Erich Fromm

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” —Elbert Hubbard

“Underneath dysfunctional anxiety is insecurity.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Upon the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who when on the dawn of victory paused to rest, and there resting died.” —John Dretschmer

“We fail far more often by timidity than by over-daring.” —David Grayson

“We must have the courage to be happy.” —Henri Frederic Amiel

“We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.” —John F. Kennedy

“We will not know unless we begin.” —Howard Zinn

“Wealth lost–something lost; Honor lost–much lost; Courage lost–all lost.” —German proverb

“When I look back on all these worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” —Winston Churchill

“When shall we live if not now?” —M. F. K. Fisher

“Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.” —Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

“Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.” —Cullen Hightower

“Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles, but it does ruin today’s happiness.” —Anonymous

“Worry is a darkroom where negatives develop.” —Anonymous

“‘Worry’ is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Worry is the cross that we make for ourselves by over anxiety.” —Francois de Fenelon

“Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it falls due.” —W. R. Inge

“Worry itself is one of the most painful conditions.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 165

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” —Swedish proverb

“Worry splits you between your effort and your result.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” —Glenn

“You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Quotations from Scripture

Listed Biblically

“Fear not: for I am with thee:” —Isaiah 43:5

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” —Matthew 6:25

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” —Matthew 6:33

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” —Matthew 6:34

“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.” —Mark 5:36

“But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” —Luke 8:50

“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.” —Luke 12:22

Related Pages of Free Information

  1. Anxiety & Worry: 12 Steps of Reacting
  2. Anxiety & Worry: Notes on
  3. Coping Skills: Free Help
  4. Quotations by Topic: Worry

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