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30 Anxiety Quotes to Smile on a Cloudy Day

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

Sometimes you need some inspiration to cope with anxiety or to turn anxiety into positivity. In those cases, a small compilation of the best anxiety quotes comes in handy!

Anxiety quotes to overcome adversity

anxiety quotes climb mountains

“Your mountain may be harder to climb, but oh the view is divine.” 

 Jennae Cecelia

“I lied and said I was busy. I was busy but not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay. Sometimes this is my busy and I will not apologize for it.”

 Brittin Oakman

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

Maya Angelou

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”

Charles Spurgeon

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

Roy T. Bennet

“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

 “There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You got this. Take it day by day.”
Karen Salmansohn

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
Jodi Picoult

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

Arthur Somers Roche

“My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it.”

Hugh Prather

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
William Seward Burroughs

anxiety quotes bucket of ashes

“I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, not just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.”

Carl Sandburg

“Life is 10% of what you experience and 90% of how you respond to it.”

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer

“The best use of creativity is imagination. The worst use of creativity is anxiety.”

Deepak Chopra

“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

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.”

Anais Nin

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”

Soren Kierkegaard

“If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”

Dean Smith

“Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it— just as we have learned to live with storms.”
Paulo Coelho

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Anxiety Quotes William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”

William Shakespeare

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Epictetus

“I just give myself permission to suck…I find this hugely liberating.”
John Green

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”
Walter Anderson

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”

Steve Maraboli

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

Dan Millman

“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.”
John Calvin Maxwell

“Just because I can’t explain the feelings causing my anxiety doesn’t make them less valid.”

Lauren Elizabeth

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.”

Michel de Montaigne


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