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Top Worry Quotes

Sometimes a few worry quotes can help me gain a perspective on things.  Because I am a natural worrier, I have been told , “Don’t worry about it, things will work out,”  that I often think it should be a personal mantra.  Personally, I have decided to dispense with any worries that I cannot do anything about.  The senselessness of worrying about things you cannot change should not be rocket science.  Life is too short to spend it worrying, so I decided to compile a few quotes on worrying here, for my benefit and yours.

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
~ Leo F. Buscaglia

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
~ Swedish Proverb

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

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
~ Elbert Hubbard

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
~ George F. Burns

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
~ Winston Churchill

“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

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

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

“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.”
~ Cullen Hightower

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
~ Erma Bombeck

“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.”
~ Harold Stephen

“People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching a cold.”
~ John Jay Chapman

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.”
~ Nelson DeMille

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.”
~ Robert Frost

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
~ John Newton

“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

“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”
~ Robert Eliot

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.”
~ John Lubbock

“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

“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. “~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV

“Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not. ” ~ Ana Monnar

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. ”
~ Mark Twain

“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

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination. ”
~ Dan Zadra

“You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. ”
~ Pat Schroeder

“Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist. ”
~ Edgar Watson Howe

“My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened. ”
~ Michel de Montaigne

“I am reminded of the advice of my neighbor. “Never worry about your heart ’til it stops beating.” ”
~ E.B. White

“Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. ”
~ Philip Gulley

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. ”
~ William Ralph Inge

“It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow, that weigh a man down. ”
~ George MacDonald

“Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff. ”
~ Robert Eliot

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

“We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies. ”
~ Etty Hillesum

“How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. ”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work. ”
~ John Lubbock

“Worry ducks when purpose flies overhead. ”
~ Terri Guillemets

Stop Worrying With These Easy Tips

It is common advice to suggest that if you have worries, you should ask yourself “What is the worst that could happen?”  This may work for some, but I suggest that if you can’t do anything about it, simply stop worrying about it, ruminating over the worst that could happen might make it worse; it might give you even more to worry about.  If you start thinking about the worst that could happen, you are bound to come up with worst case scenarios that create their own worries. If you can’t do anything about it, if you have no control over it, throw out the worry.  Don’t waste any more time on it.  If you can’t control it you have no right to worry about it!

  1. Worrying is not a virtue, it doesn’t make me a better or more caring person.
  2. I only have the right to worry about things over which I have control.
  3. If I have control over something, I have the right to change it.
  4. If I have a worry I can change, I have the responsibility to either change it or decide that it isn’t worth the effort to change.
  5. If a problem isn’t worth the effort to change, it isn’t worth worrying about.
  6. If a problem deserves changing and I can change it, I need to determine what the solution to the problem is.
  7. If the solution is in my power to accomplish, I need to solve the problem.
  8. If the solution is not in my power, then it is not my problem and I don’t have the right to that worry.
  9. I cannot worry about things in the past. Unless I can rectify or change something that happened, I have no right to worry about it.
  10. I can only worry about things in the future if I have control over them.
  11. If I have control over something, I don’t need to worry about it, I only need to exercise my control, come up with a solution and work the solution.
  12. If the solution to my problem does not work, I can only worry about my problems insofar as I can come up with another solution. If there is no solution, I have no right to worry.
  13. I have the right to do things that are productive, to keep myself busy and engaged in productive and positive activities and to stop worrying.
  14. I do not have the right to devote time that could be productive to worrying about things I cannot control or change
  15. I have the right to share my worries, to speak about them with friends and families.
  16. If I am afraid to share my worries with others, I have no right to keep those worries.

The worry that cannot be spoken, that cannot be shared, turns to guilt, or even greater worries and fears.  The worry that cannot be given up turns to sickness, depression, and other nasty things that create even more worries and fears.  If you are unwilling to share your worries with someone else because you are embarrassed or uncomfortable about sharing your worries, then it stands to reason that you should probably dispense with the worry.  If it is too embarrassing to talk about, then it is not worth holding onto.

As I was growing up my mother used to tell me, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground,” and she would give me some task to do so I would stop moping or pouting.  Keeping busy may be an antidote to worrying.  If you are busy doing something your focus is on the task at home and it is difficult to concentrate on two things at once.  The problem with busying yourself is that the minute you stop busying yourself you start worrying again unless you are willing to truly let go of your worries.

One of the basic tenets of the Law of Attraction is that you are what you think.  If you are what you think and what you think about is all your worries, oops, that really sucks.  You don’t want to be a train wreck, do you?  So stop worrying.  Now you are probably worrying about worrying.  It is a vicious cycle.  But no worries… 🙂  You can overcome worrying too much by keeping the above principles in mind.  Live in the moment, enjoy life and “don’t worry, be happy”.

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