Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.
Most people go through life dreading they'll have a traumatic experience.
How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived.
We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.
This was a great year for preventive worrying. Seldom in recent history have so many people worried about so many things that didn't happen in the end.
Needless fear and panic over disease or misfortune that seldom materialize are simply bad habits. By proper ventilation and illumination of the mind it is possible to cultivate tolerance, poise and real courage.
Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived.
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.
The crisis you have to worry about most is the one you don't see coming.
Worry is the cross which we make for ourselves by overanxiety.
Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.
Worry is a morbid anticipation of events which never happen.
Happy the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying, once and for all.
A request not to worry ... is perhaps the least soothing message capable of human utterance.
A man ninety years old was asked to what he attributed his longevity. "I reckon," he said, with a twinkle in his eye, "it's because most nights I went to bed and slept when I should have sat up and worried."
Don't hurry, don't worry. You're only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.
Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an instrument with which to worry myself.
Worry is most apt to ride you ragged not when you are in action, but when the day's work is done. Your imagination can run riot then ... your mind is like a motor operating without its load
"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
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