When in trouble or in doubt,
Run in circles, scream and shout!
"Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought."
— Egon Ghostbusters (1984)
"Convincing a bully to back down is usually just a matter of showing you're not afraid of him. Of course, some bullies have guys with .357 magnums. Then you change tactics."
"He always held that panic was the best means of survival; back in the olden days, his theory went, people faced with hungry sabretoothed tigers could be divided very simply into those who panicked and those who stood there saying "What a magnificent brute!" or "Here, kitty, kitty.""
"Well, I woke up to go get me a cold pop. Then I thought somebody was barbequin'. I said, 'oh, Lord Jesus, it's a fire.' And then I raaaaaan out; I didn't grab no shoes or nuthin', Jesus. I ran for my life! ...I got bronchitis! Ain't nobody got time for that!"
— Sweet Brown, meme maker
“Fear is a healthy instinct, not a sign of weakness. It is a natural self-defense mechanism that is common to felines, wolves, hyenas, and most humans. Even fruit bats know fear, and I salute them for it. If you think the world is weird now, imagine how weird it would be if wild beasts had no fear.”
— Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century