“People die of fright and live of confidence.” – Thoreau
I think Thoreau, among other things, was speaking of courage here.
Confidence is what results when courage (being afraid, but taking a reasonable risk anyway) is combined with purpose (the energy that comes from knowing what we want and why we want it).
Is courage blindly rushing ahead whenever one is afraid or fearful? Certainly not; but, if we’re honest with ourselves, rarely are the things that scare us truly scary.
I submit that when we move forward, confidently, we are truly living. And to exist in fear is to not actually live (and to, in effect, die… ).