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Anxiety

  • Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.

  • If I knew what I was so anxious about, I wouldn't be so anxious.

  • I would have felt more comfortable on a girder fifty floors above the street, catching white-hot rivets in a pail.

  • Anxiety was comfortable to me because it was familiar. If none existed, unconsciously I stirred it up to destroy the unfamiliarity of calm.

  • Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It creates the failures. 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.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1947, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 4 ()
  • What's the use of watching? A watched pot never boils ...

  • She was a little woman, perpetually bent forward, possibly because she was always on the run, having to be somewhere before she could get there.

  • I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.

  • You don't get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what's eating you.

    • Vicki Baum,
    • in Joseph L. Baron, ed., A Treasury of Jewish Quotations ()
  • More and more frequently nowadays, my hot flashes have begun to feel like urgent communiqués from the interior of a vast, dark continent — fast-breaking news items from my heart of darkness.

  • I think that anything you feel strange or nervous about, you weren't cut out to do.


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  • Nina felt as if she were being tracked down by a large placid resolute elephant.

  • I began to worry about everything. I was getting sick of life, and I was only five.

  • When you wake up in the middle of the night gripped in a cold-sweat fear, your wheels spinning out of control, remember that solutions appear when they're meant to, with or without your help.

  • The opposite of anxiety is not happiness. The opposite of anxiety is death.

  • Panic is efficient. Panic is effective. Panic is the way I get things done! Panic attacks are my booster rockets!

  • All Americans suffer from anxiety; it's a national disease.

  • Little men were busy bowling in or with their respective skulls and other little men, in cowboy boots with spurs, were jumping up and down inside their stomachs.

  • ... I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.

  • ... the negative thoughts seemed to swoop into her mind the way a big flock of black crows takes over the landscape, sitting thick in the trees and on the fence rails and lawns, staring at you in ominous silence.

  • When you put yourself wholeheartedly into something, energy grows. It seems inexhaustible. If, on the other hand, you are divided and conflicted about what you are doing, you create anxiety. And the amount of physical and emotional energy consumed by anxiety is exorbitant.

  • Yes, it does make the load rather heavy if you carry tools for every eventuality.

  • Note to self: No one else really knows what they're doing either. ... This is both terrifying and reassuring.