I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.
You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained – or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food.
While we were fearing it, it came —
But came with less of fear
Because that fearing it so long
Had almost made it fair —
What was important – that they punished if you’re innocent, because that puts everybody, you know, puts fear in everybody.
The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about.