In the East men know panic, but they do not know what fright is.
Guy de Maupassant, "Fright", tr. H. C. Schweikert, French Short Stories (1918)
In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it has many omissions and contains much that is apocryphal, or at least wildly inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects. First, it is slightly cheaper; and second, it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover.
Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
" Pan again!" said Dr. Bull irritably. "You seem to think Pan is everything." "So he is," said the Professor, "in Greek. He means everything." "Don't forget," said the Secretary, looking down, "that he also means Panic."
Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish and of forgetting that the fish has a hook in his mouth, his gullet, or his belly and that his gameness is really an extreme of panic in which he runs, leaps, and pulls to get away until he dies. It would seem to be enough advantage to the angler that the fish has the hook in his mouth rather than the angler.
Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.ernest hemingway
The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.
Panic in Wall Street, brokers feeling melancholy.
To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public.
Panic: A highly underrated capacity thanks to which individuals are able to indicate clearly that something is wrong.... Given their head, most humans panic with great dignity and imagination. This can be called democratic expression or practical common sense.john ralston saul
When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles scream and shout!herman wouk