Worrying Sayings and Quotes

When life gets stressful, it’s difficult not to feel worried. Although worrying will not fix the problem, the act of worrying makes us at least feel like we are doing something. The bad news is that worrying can also be paralyzing. Don’t let anxiety consume you. Take a deep breath with the collection of wise and insightful quotes about worrying below.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.     

Corrie ten Boom

If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.     

Dalai Lama XIV

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.     

George Bernard Shaw

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.     

Elbert Hubbard

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.     


Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.     

Winston Churchill

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.     

William James

The only thing you will ever accomplish by worrying is to elevate your stress levels.     

Catherine Pulsifer

Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.     

Mary Hemingway

Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.     

Arthur Somers Roche

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You'll feel more patient and less pressured.     

Rick Warren

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.     

Swedish Proverb

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.     

Dale Carnegie

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.     

Benjamin Franklin

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.     


The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.     


Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.     

William Shakespeare

How much pain have cost us the evils that have never happened.     

Thomas Jefferson

Worrying about it takes precious time and attention away from your priorities and increases your feelings of dissatisfaction about life.     

Christina Winsey-Rudd

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.     

Michel de Montaigne

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.     

Marcus Aurelius

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.     

Harold Stephens

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.     

Matthew 6:34

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?     

Luke 12:25

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.     

Proverbs 12:25

If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.     

Adabella Radici

Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.     

Ana Monnar

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.