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Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

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Source Notes: Source: HENRY DAVID THOREAU, journal entry for September 7, 1851.Thoreau, Journal, ed. Bradford Torrey, vol. 2 , p. 468 .

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Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and naturalist. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.

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Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

Jul 10, 2011

Please could everybody tell me what they think he meant by this statement? In what context was he using it? It was also paraphrased by FDR "that we have nothing to fear but fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror". My personal take on this has been that they both were referring to the very basic human psychology of fear of the unknown. But I might be wrong to think that way. I have looked on this internet for the answer and have found none. Maybe someone knows more about this.