I talk to women’s groups all over the country and see women struggling with this. The fear of not being accepted, of being different, of not having a man, all make it hard for a woman to do what she really believes is right for her.
I live my life through fear. If I’m afraid of it I’ll do it just so I’m not afraid of it anymore.
You’re not human if you don’t feel fear. But I’ve learnt to treat fear as an emotion that sharpens me. It’s there to give me that edge for what I have to do.
Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.
Somehow we can’t live outside the politics of race. There’s something very deep in all of us, that is taught to us when we are very, very little. Which is the disrespect and fear of the other.
In the ’80s, I was putting out an album virtually every year, I think mostly based on fear – that if I didn’t, people would soon forget about me.
I thought Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was one of the biggest pieces of crap that I’ve ever read in my life.
Americans have discovered fear.
There are only three sins – causing pain, causing fear, and causing anguish. The rest is window dressing.
With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.