Thomas Jefferson: Shake off all the fears

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

English: Cropped version of Thomas Jefferson, ...

English: Cropped version of Thomas Jefferson, painted by Charles Willson Peale. Philadelphia, 1791. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr: Superstition

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr, poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894)

Daguerreotype of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., 1841

Daguerreotype of Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., 1841 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vincent McNabb: Hope

“Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not oust them.” Vincent McNabb, from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories of Faith

Christian Nestell Bovee: Anxiety and fear

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“There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless and the other half discreditable. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Indian Women