Fear Quotes


"Death isn’t empty like you say it is. Emptiness is life without freedom, Darrow. Emptiness is living chained by fear, fear of loss, of death. I say we break those chains."

- Eo O'Lykos
Red Rising, ch. 4: The Gift, p. 33

"Watch how a pitviper strikes, my son.” Father once clutched me by my wrist and made me play this game. “Watch it coil upward and upward till it reaches its crest. Don’t move before then. Don’t strike out with your slingBlade. If you do, then it’ll get you. It’ll kill you. Move just when it’s coming down. Do that with the terror in life. Don’t act till you’re as scared as you’ll get, then …” He snapped his fingers."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Golden Son, ch. 20: Helldiver, p. 184

"I long for the cold, quiet nights before love when it was only lust and hunger, where we would kiss in secret, hearts fluttering, like two little birds realizing they might build a nest together after all."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Golden Son, ch. 38: The Iron Rain, p. 329

"what would a rich poet know of death? The poor know death. Slaves know death. But even as I yearn for it, I fear it. Because the more I see of this cruel world, the less I believe it ends in some pleasant fiction."

- Darrow O'Lykos
Morning Star, ch. 1: Only the Dark, p. 7

"Do not let fear touch you. Fear is the torrent. The raging river. To fight it is to break and drown. But to stand astride it is to see it, feel it, and use its course for your own whims."

- Octavia au Lune
Iron Gold, ch. 8: Lysander, p. 75

"not all who live fear death."

- Gaia au Raa
Iron Gold, ch. 55: Lysander, p. 521

"Is a man a coward if he realizes that bravery is just a myth the old tell the young so they line up for the meatgrinder?"

- Lysander au Lune
Dark Age, ch. 10: Lysander: The Ash Rain, p. 77

"From a distance, death seems the end of a story. But when you are near, when you can smell the burning skin, see the entrails, you see death for what it is. A traumatic cauterization of a life thread. No purpose. No conclusion. Just snip. I knew war was dreadful, but I did not expect to fear it. How can anyone not, when death is just a blind giant with scissors?"

- Lysander au Lune
Dark Age, ch. 16: Lysander: Rider of the Storm, p. 124

"You asked, what do I fear? I fear a man who believes in good. For he can excuse any evil."

- Atlas au Raa
Dark Age, ch. 17: Darrow: Heliopolis, p. 137

"I’ll never get used to seeing the fear Sevro wakes in people. Deep down they know Darrow is operating on a framework of logic. No one, not even me, believes that Sevro is completely sane."

- Virginia au Augustus
Dark Age, ch. 27: Virginia: Pack, p. 217

"Here lie Martians all Thralls of the Slave King Who thought with wicked delight to take your planet’s treasure and break their Master’s might All ye who enter here: witness their work, and despair"

- Atlas au Raa
Dark Age, ch. 42: Lysander: A Chorus Upon the Pale, p. 358