Panic Attacks

Sunday, May 3, 2009 – Panic Attacks

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

We experience moments absolutely free from worry. These brief respites are called panic. ~ Cullen Hightower

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. ~ Graham Greene

If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you’ll die a lot of times. ~ Dean Smith

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. ~ E. Joseph Cossman

When you suffer an attack of nerves you’re being attacked by the nervous system. What chance has a man got against a system? ~ Russell Hoban

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. ~ Calvin Coolidge

When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come. ~ Joseph Joubert

Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

When I really worry about something, I don’t just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don’t go. I’m too worried to go. I don’t want to interrupt my worrying to go. ~ J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. 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. ~ Anais Nin

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. ~ Ernest Hemingway

If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that’s what REALLY throws you into a panic. ~ Jack Handy

It is clear that all verbal structures with meaning are verbal imitations of that elusive psychological and physiological process known as thought, a process stumbling through emotional entanglements, sudden irrational convictions, involuntary gleams of insight, rationalized prejudices, and blocks of panic and inertia, finally to reach a completely incommunicable intuition. ~ Northrop Frye

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Offer them what they secretly want and they of course immediately become panic-stricken. ~ Jack Kerouac

Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

I accept chaos. I am not sure whether it accepts me. I know some people are terrified of the bomb. But then some people are terrified to be seen carrying a modern screen magazine. Experience teaches us that silence terrifies people the most. ~ Bob Dylan

Anything scares me, anything scares anyone but really after all considering how dangerous everything is nothing is really very frightening. ~ Gertrude Stein

Fear of things invisible is the natural seed of that which everyone in himself calleth religion. ~ Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. ~ Usman B. Asif

Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it. ~ Donald Dowes

I will show you fear in a handful of dust. ~ T. S. Eliot

The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

We are largely the playthings of our fears. To one, fear of the dark; to another, of physical pain; to a third, of public ridicule; to a fourth, of poverty; to a fifth, of loneliness … for all of us, our particular creature waits in ambush. ~ Horace Walpole

Treading the soil of the moon, palpitating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one’s stomach the separation from terra – these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known. ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. ~ Bertrand Russell

There’s nothing I’m afraid of like scared people. ~ Robert Frost

No human thing is of serious importance. ~ Plato, The Republic

American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it. ~ Henry Adams