Panic Quotes

No. No! he says.
I . . . He looks wildly around the room. For inspiration? For divine intervention? I don’t know.
You can’t go. Ana, I love you!
I love you, too, Christian, it’s just—
No . . . no! he says in desperation and puts both hands on his head. Christian . . .
No, he breathes, his eyes wide with panic, and suddenly he drops to his knees in front of me, head bowed, long-fingered hands spread out on his thighs. He takes a deep breath and doesn’t move.

Christian, what are you doing?
He continues to stare down, not looking at me.
Christian! What are you doing?
My voice is high-pitched. He doesn’t move.
Christian, look at me! I command in panic. His head sweeps up without hesitation, and he regards me passively with his cool gray gaze—he’s almost serene . . . expectant.
Holy Fuck
. . . Christian. The submissive.

Ana    Christian    Leaving    Panic    Submissive

I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.

The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!

I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.
The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!

Hysteria is impossible without an audience. Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly.

Invisible Monsters

Chuck Palahniuk

Invisible Monsters

It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.

Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro Kazuo

Never Let Me Go
Chess    Disaster    Game    Panic

Life is ten percent what you experience and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Don't panic. Are you sitting? You probably don't need to sit. Well, possibly. At least lean on something.

Fear is the mind-killer.


Frank Herbert

1965    Fear    Litany    Panic    Serenity

She had a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach, like when you're swimming and you want to put your feet down on something solid, but the water's deeper than you think and there's nothing there

East of the Sun

Julia Gregson

East of the Sun

it always sound scarier when a hollerer talk soft.

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

The Help
Fear    Life    Panic    Scary    The help

Depression - that limp word for the storm of black panic and half-demented malfunction - had over the years worked itself out in Charlotte's life in a curious pattern. Its onset was often imperceptible: like an assiduous housekeeper locking up a rambling mansion, it noiselessly went about and turned off, one by one, the mind's thousand small accesses to pleasure.

Could be. I’m a pretty dangerous dude when I’m cornered.
Yeah, said the voice from under the table, you go to pieces so fast people get hit by the shrapnel.

Danger    Fear    Humour    Panic    Useless

In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitch-Hiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.

It was the first honest emotional connection I'd had in a while. So I immediately panicked and had to leave.

I'd developed an inability to demonstrate much negative emotion at all. It was another thing that made me seem like a dick - my stomach could be all oiled eels, and you would get nothing from my face and less from my words. It was a constant problem: too much control or no control at all.

Paranoia is just the bastard child of fear and good sense." (Charlie)
"Poor thing. Let's adopt it, give it a last name and raise it right." (Jace)
"You want to get it a puppy, too?"
"Sure. We'll call it Panic. It and little Paranoia can play together at the park and scare the hell out of all the other kids.

Humor    Panic    Paranoia    Pets

my brain had begun to endure its familiar siege: panic and dislocation, and a sense that my thought processes were being engulfed by a toxic and unnameable tide that obliterated any enjoyable response to the living world.

The rules of Panic are simple. Anyone can enter. But only one person will win.

The cruelest thing you can do to a person who's living in panic is to offer him or her hope that turns out false. When the crash comes its intolerable.

Hope    Hurt    Pain    Panic

Miles clutched Quinn's elbow. "Don't Panic."
"I'm not panicking," Quinn observed, "I'm watching you panic. It's more entertaining .

Brothers in Arms

Lois McMaster Bujold

Brothers in Arms

Fear and anxiety affect decision making in the direction of more caution and risk aversion... Traumatized individuals pay more attention to cues of threat than other experiences, and they interpret ambiguous stimuli and situations as threatening (Eyesenck, 1992), leading to more fear-driven decisions. In people with a dissociative disorder, certain parts are compelled to focus on the perception of danger. Living in trauma-time, these dissociative parts immediately perceive the present as being "just like" the past and "emergency" emotions such as fear, rage, or terror are immediately evoked, which compel impulsive decisions to engage in defensive behaviors (freeze, flight, fight, or collapse). When parts of you are triggered, more rational and grounded parts may be overwhelmed and unable to make effective decisions.

Fezzik's in trouble, bubble bubble,
His brain is just not in the pink,
His mind is rubble, rub-a-dub double,
Because everyone needs him to think.

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

The Princess Bride

Confidence is what we get when we take fear, face it and replace it.

Afraid    Agitation    Alarm    Angst    Anxiety    Apprehension    Apprehensiveness    Bold    Boldness    Confidence    Confidence and attitude    Confident    Consternation    Dismay    Distress    Doubt    Doubtful    Doubtfulness    Doubting    Doubts    Dread    Fear    Fear of failure    Fearfulness    Fears    Foreboding    Fright    Hesitation    Horror    Motivation    Nerves    Nervousness    Panic    Perturbation    Terror    Trepidation    Unease    Uneasiness    Worry

Girls are always saying things like, I’m so unhappy that I’m going to overdose on aspirin, but they’d be awfully surprised if they succeeded. They have no intention of dying. At the first sight of blood, they panic.

The Moth Diaries

Rachel Klein

The Moth Diaries

Sure, it was nice now, but eventually there would be running and screaming and blood on the floor.

Disaster    Nice    Panic    Pessimistic    Prediction    Premonition    Soon

Nothing says work efficiency like panic mode.

Adhd    Editing    Efficiency    Funny    Humor    Panic    Procrastinate    Procrastinating    Procrastination    Random    Work    Writing

Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses have been specially designed to help people develop a relaxed attitude to danger. At the first hint of trouble, they turn totally black and thus prevent you from seeing anything that might alarm you.

Just before I fell asleep, I had a moment of panic ...

Survivors often develop an exaggerated need for control in their adult relationships. It’s the only way they feel safe. They also struggle with commitment—saying yes in a relationship means being trapped in yet another family situation where abuse might take place. So the survivor panics as her relationship gets closer, certain that something terrible is going to happen. She pulls away, rejects, or tests her partner all the time.

Abuse    Abuse survivor    Anxiety    Control    Family    Fear    Healing    Panic    Reject    Rejection    Relationship problems    Relationships    Survivor    Trapped    Trauma

Ray's voice echoes in my head from one of his many self-defense lectures.
"It's the panic that's gonna kill you or get you seriously hurt, Annie.

Only 8% of our worry will come to pass. 92% of our worry is wasted. DON'T PANIC

God    Inspirational    Mark gorman    Panic    Relax    Worry

When the fey were worried, it was time to panic.

Fey    Magnus bane    Panic    Worry

These problems have been here so long that the only way Ive been able to function at all is by learning to ignore them. Else I would be in a constant state of panic, unable to think or act constructively.

These problems have been here so long that the only way I’ve been able to function at all is by learning to ignore them. Else I would be in a constant state of panic, unable to think or act constructively.

But there is a limit to thinking about even a small piece of something monumental. You still see the shadow of the whole rearing up behind you, and you become lost in your thoughts in part from the panic of realizing the
of that imagined leviathan.

Cognition    Panic    Size    Thinking    Thought

You can't take highways during the apocalypse, because they'll be packed with panicky people.

Apocalipse    Apocalypse    Apocalyptic    Auto    Automobile    Autos    Car    Cars    Freeway    Freeways    Highway    Highways    Panic    Panic stricken    Panicked    Panicky    People    Post apocalyptic    Road    Road trip    Roads    Vehicle    Vehicles    Zombie    Zombie apocalypse    Zombies    Zombies are people too    Zombies hope    Zombies life    Zompoc

Panic---a deep abiding, free-floating anxiety, often without any reason or logical basis.

I’m not panicking. I’m watching you panic. It’s more entertaining.

Judging by the sounds of general panic, I want a gun like that.

Gun    Humour    Panic    Violence

It all made sense — terrible sense. The panic she had experienced in the warehouse district because of not knowing what had happened had been superseded at the newsstand by the even greater panic of partial knowledge. And now the torment of partly knowing had yielded to the infinitely greater terror of knowing precisely

The vision I see in the mirror is me, who I am, supposedly, but that vision does not express the way my mind works or the way I feel inside. A realization creeps over me, the words tumbling into my head quietly like falling leaves.
This is my new shameful truth. Something changed yesterday. A door has been opened that I can never close again. I touch my reflection, the glass smooth and cold, not really believing that the girl I see is me.

What should be standing in the shoes of passion, and be walking on the plans of action is sitting in the ink on the papper. Why? Because of the fear to start.

A step    Afraid    Begin    Beginning    Fear    Fearful    Fears    Fright    Frighten    Initiate    Initiation    Ink    Panic    Paper    Phobia    Sit    Sitting    Stand    Standing    Start    Starting    Terror    Walk    Walking    Write down the dreams

And it was in that moment of distress and confusion that the whip of terror laid its most nicely calculated lash about his heart. It dropped with deadly effect upon the sorest spot of all, completely unnerving him. He had been secretly dreading all the time that it
would come - and come it did.
Far overhead, muted by great height and distance, strangely thinned and wailing, he heard the crying voice of Defago, the guide.
The sound dropped upon him out of that still, wintry sky with an effect of dismay and terror unsurpassed. The rifle fell to his feet. He stood motionless an instant, listening as it were with his whole body, then staggered back against the nearest tree for support, disorganized hopelessly in mind and spirit. To him, in that moment, it seemed the most shattering and dislocating experience he had ever known, so that his heart emptied itself of all feeling whatsoever as by a sudden draught.
'Oh! oh! This fiery height! Oh, my feet of fire! My burning feet of fire...' ran in far, beseeching accents of indescribable appeal this voice of anguish down the sky. Once it called - then silence through all the listening wilderness of trees.
And Simpson, scarcely knowing what he did, presently found himself running wildly to and fro, searching, calling, tripping over roots and boulders, and flinging himself in a frenzy of undirected pursuit after the Caller. Behind the screen of memory and emotion with which experience veils events, he plunged, distracted and half-deranged, picking up false lights like a ship at sea, terror in his eyes and heart and soul. For the Panic of the Wilderness had called to him in that far voice - the Power of untamed Distance - the Enticement of the Desolation that destroys. He knew in that moment all the pains of someone hopelessly and irretrievably lost, suffering the lust
and travail of a soul in the final Loneliness. A vision of Defago, eternally hunted, driven and pursued across the skyey vastness of those ancient forests fled like a flame across the dark ruin of his thoughts...
It seemed ages before he could find anything in the chaos of his disorganized sensations to which he could anchor himself steady for a moment, and think...
The cry was not repeated; his own hoarse calling brought no response; the inscrutable forces of the Wild had summoned their victim beyond recall - and held him fast.
("The Wendigo")

Desolation    Disappearance    Distance    Forest    Loneliness    Panic    Voice    Wild    Wilderness

Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches, insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, and rapid pulse.

[T]he relentless note of incipient hysteria, the invitation to panic, the ungrounded scenarios--the overwhelming and underlying desire for something truly terrible to happen so that you could have something really hot to talk about--was still startling. We call disasters unimaginable, but all we do is imagine such things. That, you could conclude mordantly, is the real soundtrack of our time: the amplification of the self-evident toward the creation of paralyzing, preëmptive paranoia.

Disaster    Fear    Hysteria    Overreaction    Panic    Paranoia

Don't panic. Midway through writing a novel, I have regularly experienced moments of bowel-curdling terror, as I contemplate the drivel on the screen before me and see beyond it, in quick succession, the derisive reviews, the friends' embarrassment, the failing career, the dwindling income, the repossessed house, the divorce . . . Working doggedly on through crises like these, however, has always got me there in the end. Leaving the desk for a while can help. Talking the problem through can help me recall what I was trying to achieve before I got stuck. Going for a long walk almost always gets me thinking about my manuscript in a slightly new way. And if all else fails, there's prayer. St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers, has often helped me out in a crisis. If you want to spread your net more widely, you could try appealing to Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, too.

Ever been in a spelling bee as a kid? That snowy second after the announcement of the word as you sift your brain to see if you can spell it? It was like that, the blank panic.

Panic ain't better than pretending not to feel so.

The veneer of civilization fell away to reveal desperate animals, humanity at their worst.

Desperation    Escape    Evacuation    Flee    Panic    Paris    War    Wwii



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