Terrifying Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old terrifying quotes, terrifying sayings, and terrifying proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Death is terrifying, but it would be even more terrifying to find out that you are going to live forever and never die.     

Anton Chekhov

It is such a terrifying thing to see a man cry.     

Elizabeth Berg

Marriage is actually really terrifying. It doesn't work for many people.     

Katherine Heigl

Pleasure is terrifying because it breaks down the boundaries between people. Embracing passion means living with fear.     

Erica Jong

Uncovering your real desires can be terrifying. It can also set you spectacularly free.     

Mark Epstein

Death is terrifying and beautiful, a final thing we can all do together.     

Shane Warren Jones

Terrifying, that the loss of intimacy with one person results in the freezing over of the world, and the loss of oneself.     

James Baldwin

Once you realise that heroes die, everything becomes that much more terrifying.     

David Benioff

Success is terrifying. Like happiness, it is often appreciated in retrospect. It's only later that you place it in perspective. Years from now, I'll look back and say, ‘God, wasn't it wonderful.'     

Julie Andrews

Natural disasters are terrifying - that loss of control, this feeling that something is just going to randomly end your life for absolutely no reason is terrifying. But, what scares me is the human reaction to it and how people behave when the rules of civility and society are obliterated.     

Eli Roth

Madness alone is truly terrifying, inasmuch as you cannot placate it by threats, persuasion, or bribes.     

Joseph Conrad

The first kiss can be as terrifying as the last.     

Daina Chaviano

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.     

Jim Morrison

To feel is perhaps the most terrifying thing in this society.     

Cecil Taylor

It can be so terrifying to open yourself up to true love. That love can be with your mate, with your child, with yourself, because we are ultimately such vulnerable little creatures in this world.     

Lauren Bowles

It's terrifying to see someone inside of whom a vital spring seems to have been broken. It's particularly terrifying to see him in your mirror.     

Mignon McLaughlin

It is a terrifying as well as hopeful truth that we tend to bring into being in form whatever we fashion in thought.     

Alice Hegan Rice

The truth is rarely as dreadful or as terrifying as what one imagines.     

Hallie Ephron

This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.     

Wislawa Szymborska

Life is a very scary thing because it's unknown. Anything can happen anytime, and that is terrifying for all of us: to not to be in control.     

Dan Trachtenberg

In a world we find terrifying, we ratify that which doesn't threaten us.     

David Mamet

People say that being in love is amazing. They lie. It's freaking terrifying.     

Molly McAdams

The threat is generally more terrifying than the thing itself.     

Saul D. Alinsky

Gentleman, it is a terrifying thing for a woman to trust a sinful man.     

Mark Driscoll

The most terrifying thing for most everybody in the whole Western World is to take responsibility for your own life and to experience real freedom.     

Harry Dean Stanton

The truth is you only have yourself to offer. And when you come to that realization, it's terrifying, because you think it's probably not enough.     

Richard Jenkins

The most terrifying things in the universe came from human minds.     

Frank Herbert

The most terrifying thing is sometimes not what we see, but rather what we are forced to imagine.     

Felix J. Palma

Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.      

Daniel Defoe

The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.      

Saul Alinsky