63 Quotes About Worry (Overcoming)

43 Quotes on Dealing with Worry (including video)

Best Worry Quotes (Overcoming)

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

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

You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way
You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. Walter Hagen
Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.
Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. Roy T. Bennett
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? Confucius
Worry is like a rocking chair it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.
Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere. Erma Bombeck 
While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love
While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love. Bo Bennett
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said...
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
If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure
If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Quotes about Worry
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. Elbert Hubbard
It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there's nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control
It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized. Wayne Dyer
I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say
I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say. Ingrid Bergman
A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.
A day of worry is more exhausting than a day of work.  John Lubbock 

Ways to Overcome Worry Quotes

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today
If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today. E. Joseph Cossman
There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.
There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem. Harold Stephen 
More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgement. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate
More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgement. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate. Roy T. Bennett
If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity...
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
My dad used to say, 'You wouldn't worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did
My dad used to say, ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did.’ Phil McGraw
Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.
Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. Nelson DeMille
Our fatigue is often caused not by work but by worry, frustration and resentment
Our fatigue is often caused not by work but by worry, frustration and resentment. Dale Carnegie
Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years.
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 Quotes about Worry
Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing
Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing. Eric Davis
Rule number one is, don't sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it's all small stuff.
Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff. Robert Eliot
For every problem under the sun, there is a solution, or there is none.
For every problem under the sun, there is a solution, or there is none.  If one exists, go and find it, if it doesn’t, never mind it.  Brian Tracy

More Famous Worry Quotes

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.  Swedish Proverb
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning...
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 Quotes about Worry
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. Robert Frost
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington
Every tomorrow has two handles.
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. Henry Ward Beecher
Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition
Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lincoln
I never worry about action, but only inaction
I never worry about action, but only inaction. Winston Churchill Quotes
People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. George Bernard Shaw
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
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
We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.
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 only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying
If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying. Dale Carnegie
It's not the work that kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction
It’s not the work that kills people, it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction. Henry Ward Beecher
I think my mother... made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected
I think my mother… made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected. Caroline Kennedy
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
Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear
Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear. Corrie Ten Boom
When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come.
When one has too great a dread of what is impending, one feels some relief when the trouble has come. Joseph Joubert
We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten, they are really suffering from worry or anxiety
We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten, they are really suffering from worry or anxiety. John Lubbock

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.

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

How much pain has cost us the evils which have never happened

How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. Thomas Jefferson 

Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.
Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues. Cullen Hightower
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose. Eckhart Tolle
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.
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

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Quotes About Worry Summary

All people worry to a certain extent at various times in their lives.  It is a natural part of the way our mind works as we plan for the future.  A minimal amount of looking at potential negative consequences can keep us from taking unreasonable risks and help us in making decisions that can keep ourselves or loved ones safe.  

Worrying is thinking about future events in a way that leaves you feeling anxious or apprehensive. However, chronic, excessive negative thoughts about the potential outcomes of the events of our lives is not healthy.

In addition to the mental anguish, poor concentration, poor sleep quality, and its generally negative performance effect that excessive worry has in all areas of our lives, it is a leading cause of physical ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure.

Here are summaries of three concepts with concrete actions that you can take from Dale Carnegie’s all time best selling Book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

#1 Become clear on the cause of your worry.  Write out in as specific detail as you can, what is worrying you and why you are worried about it.  Once you have the details, write out what you believe are all possible options to overcome the problem.  Select the action that gives you the best opportunity to overcome your worry and stick to it.

#2 The only downside to the above strategy for overcoming worry is that if you spend hours or days selecting your course of action, the event that you are worried about can come to pass without your taking any action.  To avoid that situation, put a time limit on the amount of time you allow yourself to analyze your options.  Once that time is reached, move forward on your actions and do not allow yourself any more time to worry or strategize.

#3 Train yourself to accept criticism as a compliment.  There is criticism that is constructive feedback to help you.  And, there is some criticism that is delivered as projection to help the person delivering the criticism deal with the fact that you may be doing something better than them.  So, if you are criticized, you must be doing something right.

The key to conquering worry and turn it into a positive in your life is to use the time that you are spending worrying into action time that improves the problems that are causing you to worry.

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