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If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying? ~ Shantideva
In every life, we have some trouble. But? When you worry, you make it double. Don't worry, be happy. ~ Bobby McFerrin

Worry is one of two components of anxiety (the other being emotionality). Worry refers to negative self-talk that often detracts the mind from focusing on the problem at hand. Emotionality refers to physiological symptoms such as sweating, increased heart beat and raised blood pressure.


  • What's the use of worrying?
    It never was worth while,
    So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag,
    And smile, smile, smile.
    • George Asaf [George H. Powell], 1st World War song: Pack up Your troubles in Your Old Kit-bag.
  • My mistake has too often been that of too much haste. But it is not the people’s way to hurry, nor is it God’s way either. Hurry means worry, and worry effectually drives the peace of God from the heart.
    • James O. Fraser, Geraldine Taylor. Behind the Ranges: The Life-changing Story of J.O. Fraser. Singapore: OMF International (IHQ) Ltd., 1998, 189.
  • When this flood blocks the road
    I am worried more
    by my soil getting washed,
    than by getting late
    to reach my destination. '
  • It’s a jungle out there
    Poison in the very air we breathe
    Do you know what’s in the water that you drink?
    Well I do, and it’s amazing
    People think I’m crazy, ’cause I worry all the time
    If you paid attention, you’d be worried too
    You better pay attention
    Or this world we love so much might just kill you
    I could be wrong now, but I don’t think so!
  • If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?
    • Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)[edit]

Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
  • Anxious care rests upon a basis of heathen worldly-mindedness and of heathen misunderstanding of the character of God.
  • Despatch necessities; life hath a load
    Which must be carried on — and safely may;
    Yet keep these cares without thee; let the heart
    Be God's alone; and choose the better part.
  • He that taketh his own cares upon himself loads himself in vain with an uneasy burden. I will cast all my cares on God; He hath bidden me; they cannot burden Him.
  • He who climbs above the cares of this world, and turns his face to his God, has found the sunny side of life. The world's side of the hill is chill and freezing to a spiritual mind; but the Lord's presence gives a warmth of joy which turns winter into summer.
  • I met a brother who, describing a friend of his, said he was like a man who had dropped a bottle, and broken it, and put all the pieces in his bosom, where they were cutting him perpetually.
  • Why art thou troubled and anxious about many things? One thing is needful — to love Him and to sit attentively at His feet.
  • I have no cares, O blessed Will!
    For all my cares are Thine;
    I live in triumph, Lord, for Thou
    Hast made Thy triumph mine.
  • Most men call fretting a minor fault, a foible, and not a vice. There is no vice except drunkenness which can so utterly destroy the peace, the happiness of a home.
  • However nervous, depressed, and despairing may be the tone of any one, the Lord leaves. him no excuse for fretting; for there is enough in God's promise to overbalance all these natural difficulties. In the measure in which the Christian enjoys his privileges, rises above the things that are seen, hides himself in the refuge provided for him, will he be able to voice the confession of Paul, and say, "None of these things move me."


  • Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.
    • Variously attributed to Dean Inge and John Garland Pollard in the 1930s, this aphorism was already in general circulation decades earlier, e.g., it features in an advertisement in The Grape Belt, 2 October 1906, p. 5.

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