These quotes about worry will help you put your fears in perspective, so you can be productive and take care of yourself.
We humans seem to worry all the time. We worry about big things, like money, family, work, and love. We worry about whether our socks match and our teeth are white enough. We especially worry about what other people think of us.
As you browse the quotes below, you will learn that worry doesn’t help us solve any problems. In fact, worry creates problems of its own.
So, why do we worry so much?
Some people think that worry is our mind’s way of reminding us about our problems and motivating us to solve them. Unless you are using worry to help you get things done, then you are just wasting your time and making yourself feel bad when you worry.
Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and helpful worry quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
We also have a compilation of quotes about anxiety that will inspire you to overcome your worries. Be sure to read them as well.
Worry Quotes About How It Creates Problems
1.) “Worry pretends to be necessary, but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle
2.) “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom
3.) “A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.” – John Lubbock
4.) “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard Shaw
5.) “Worry is the stomach’s worst poison.” – Alfred Nobel
6.) “What worries you, masters you.” – John Locke
7.) “I choose to be inspired by things that have been done well in the past. So, I don’t worry about being compared, because I think that does paralyze you.” – Kenneth Branagh
8.) “Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.” – Mary Hemingway
Quotes About Worry and Anxiety
9.) “Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and anxieties. Remind yourself of all your many blessings.” – Ralph Marston
10.) “The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs. You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it. There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.” – Wayne Dyer
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11.) “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop
12.) “There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.” – Ovid
13.) “Comedy is probably a way of dealing with anxiety. Sometimes it’s a way of dealing with pain.” – Hugh Grant
14.) “Without anxiety and illness I should have been like a ship without a rudder.” – Edvard Munch
15.) “A mistake in judgment isn’t fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is.” – Pauline Kael
16.) “That’s the duty of the old, to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.” – Philip Pullman
17.) “I think anxiety is dangerous, but it makes you think it’s your friend.” – Noah Baumbach
Also read these helpful insanity quotes on staying sane in the chaos that is life.
Quotes About Worry and Confidence
18.) “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt
19.) “You must have confidence in your competence.” – Elijah Cummings
20.) “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Norman Vincent Peale
21.) “Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.” – Joe Paterno
22.) “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey
23.) “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Brian Tracy
24.) “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein
Worry quotes to help you get rid of your anxiousness
25.) “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
26.) “I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.” – Stephen Hawking
27.) “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy T. Bennett
28.) “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius
29.) “Worry – a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.” – Benjamin Disraeli
30.) “That’s the secret to life… replace one worry with another.” – Charles M. Schulz
31.) “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” – Alice Walker
32.) “Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.” – Ana Monnar
33.) “There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.” – Harold Stephen
34.) “Don’t worry about your heart, it will last you as long as you live.” – W. C. Fields
35.) “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – The Dalai Lama
Quotes About Worry and Fear
36.) “It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale
37.) “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”– Elbert Hubbard
38.) “I say I am stronger than fear.” – Malala Yousafzai
39.) “The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.” – Thomas Carlyle
40.) “There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” – Baruch Spinoza
41.) “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” – Marianne Williamson
42.) “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H. P. Lovecraft
43.) “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
44.) “There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
45.) “To him who is in fear, everything rustles.” – Sophocles
Clever Worry Quotes to Help You Manage Your Fears
46.) “Worry is a misuse of the imagination.” – Dan Zadra
47.) “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns
48.) “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – E. Joseph Cossman
49.) “The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” – Robert Frost
50.) “Become a worry-slapper. Treat frets like mosquitoes. Do you procrastinate when a bloodsucking bug lights on your skin? ‘I’ll take care of it in a moment.’ Of course you don’t! You give the critter the slap it deserves. Be equally decisive with anxiety.” – Max Lucado
51.) “Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.” – Robert Eliot
52.) “Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
53.) “Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.” – Lily Tomlin
54.) “Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.” – Johnny Cash
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55.) “I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.” – Jules Renard
More worry quotes and sayings
56. “Times will change for the better when you change.” – Maxwell Maltz
57. “Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”- Padre Pio
58. “Her forehead was a maze of anxious little grooves, from a lifetime of wondering about whether everyone within range was OK.” – Tana French
59. “Temperamentally anxious people can have a hard time staying motivated, period, because their intense focus on their worries distracts them from their goals.” – Winifred Gallagher
60. “Each moment of worry, anxiety or stress represents lack of faith in miracles, for they never cease.” – T.F. Hodge
61. “She knows that feeling too. Of believing that each time someone says her name, it’s to tell her that something bad has happened.” – Melina Marchetta
62. “When I don’t have something to worry about, I worry. Nothing comes so naturally to a human being as anxiety and worry.” – Brian Richardson
63. “All this wondering was the weather vane on top of the building of unrest and of discontent.” – Steinbeck
64. “Worrying about every little thing will eventually stop you in your tracks for good. Take a chance of yourself. Start living without fear. Stop missing out on your own life. Just go for it!” – Christine E. Szymanski
65. “Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” – Abraham Hicks
What will you do when you catch yourself thinking about worry?
Remember that worry is a natural habit for our minds, but it also doesn’t help solve any problems. Worry is like an alarm clock that lets you know it is time to solve a problem. You can start by making a plan.
Even if you are just taking one small step to start getting rid of your worry, you are making progress. Always remind yourself not to worry without also working on a solution.
If you feel stuck thinking about your troubles that are making you worry, talk to someone you trust to help you figure out the first step to solving the problem. Soon, your worry will be far behind you.
What’s your biggest takeaway from these worry quotes and sayings? Do you have any other helpful quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.
December 20, 2019 7:45 AM EST