Edgar Allan Poe quote about fear from The Fall of the House of Usher - I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results.
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I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results.
 Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher (1839). copy citation

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“He suffered much from a morbid acuteness of the senses; the most insipid food was alone endurable; he could wear only garments of certain texture; the odors of all flowers were oppressive; his eyes were tortured by even a faint light; and there were but peculiar sounds, and these from stringed instruments, which did not inspire him with horror.
To an anomalous species of terror I found him a bounden slave. «I shall perish,» said he, «I must perish in this deplorable folly. Thus, thus, and not otherwise, shall I be lost. I dread the events of the future, not in themselves, but in their results. I shudder at the thought of any, even the most trivial, incident, which may operate upon this intolerable agitation of soul. I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect—in terror.” source

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