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The door to hell

"The door to hell is locked from the inside."

--Unknown

Litany against fear

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

The litany against fear is an incantation spoken by fictional characters in Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, and its sequels, in order to focus their minds in times of peril.

We're all mad here.

Alice: But I don't want to go among mad people.
The Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.
Alice:
How do you know I'm mad?
The Cat:
You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here.
Alice:
And how do you know that you're mad?
The Cat:
To begin with, a dog's not mad. You grant that?
Alice:
I suppose so.
The Cat:
Well, then, you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.

-- from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Be what you seem to be...

"Be what you would seem to be -- or, if you'd like it put more simply -- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise."

-- The Duchess, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
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