Who first said 'The only thing you have to fear is fear itself'?
Franklin deleno roosevelt
The most famous phrase from Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inaugural address in March 1933 "... the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." was an adaptation of American writer Henry David Thoreau's musings of "Nothing is so much to be feared as fear" in a1852 book. Franklin and aides had the book as his speech was written. Of course, Thoreau's thoughts were likely inspired by the Duke of Wellington 1832 words "The only…
The quote, which reads "...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself," was stated by the new president Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his inauguration speech in 1933. It was the Great Depression and the country was filled with fear; he was trying to encourage Americans and help them to be more confident that the economy would improve.
First Inaugural Address (4 March 1933); part of this is often misquoted as "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". Such expressions date back to ancient times, and [Julius Caesar] is said to have told his wife Calpurnia "We have not to fear anything, except fear itself in response to a dream she had indicating that he was in danger the night prior to his assassination Source: Wikipedia !!! :)