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Quotations about Risk
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
All of life is the exercise of risk. ~William Sloane Coffin
You can avoid most of the sorrows of life, the only requirement being that you avoid all the happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
To sail on wings of unrestraint, there where there is no chart of the skies! ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
Don’t refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase — that’s what wild geese are for. ~Author Unknown
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~Søren Kierkegaard
Adventurers who dare not sail their Ships
Till Wind and Tide are fair, will make Few Trips.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Voyagers," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. ~Pablo Picasso
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. ~Cynthia Heimel, "Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics"
Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. ~Frederick B. Wilcox
Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? ~Frank Scully
I come to the forbidden edge.
I strap on the sheath of unfear and gird the strands of daring about me.
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of the Strong: XXVI," A Soul's Faring, 1921
Real happiness is worth almost any risk... ~Philip Dunne & Joseph Mankiewicz, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 1947, spoken by the character Captain Daniel Gregg, film based on a 1945 novel by R. A. Dick (Josephine Leslie, 1898–1979)
Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking. ~Tim McMahon
No Man may hope Return from all he sows.
Forbear not Planting Corn for Fear of Crows.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Service," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924
Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at. ~Author Unknown
If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul. ~Drew Barrymore
The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky
I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean. ~G.K. Chesterton
What is more mortifying than to feel you’ve missed the Plum for want of courage to shake the Tree? ~Logan Pearsall Smith
The shore is safer... but I love to buffet the sea — I can count the bitter wrecks here in these pleasant waters, and hear the murmuring winds, but oh, I love the danger! ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Annie P. Strong, 1851
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. ~John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928
You won't improve your chances by taking too many. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor
Do not spend your life seeking security and then wonder why you never found happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Who goes far will go without guide or map. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
To eat an egg, you must break the shell. ~Jamaican Proverb
To win you have to risk loss. ~Jean-Claude Killy
The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
Who can hope to be safe? who sufficiently cautious?
Guard himself as he may, every moment's an ambush.
~Horace (65–8 BCE), a metrical translation into English by Lord Lytton, 1869
If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances. ~Julia Sorel (Rosalyn Drexler), See How She Runs, 1978
Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. ~Author Unknown
Shaun Murphy: ...which means it's only moderately hazardous.
Lea: Most good things in life are.
~The Good Doctor, "Dr. Ted," 2021, written by Patricia Carr, Sam Chanse, & Adam Scott Weissman [S4, E16]
Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy. ~Samuel Johnson
This nation was built by men who took risks — pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, business men who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action. ~Brooks Atkinson
Life's greatest dangers are often found in apparently small risks. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882
You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you're terrified somebody's going to stick you in a cage. Well, baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somaliland. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself. ~Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, screenplay by George Axelrod, based on the novella by Truman Capote, spoken by the character Paul Varjak
The more chance there is of stubbing your toe, the more chance you have of stepping into success. ~Author Unknown
Why chase a hopeless dream? Maybe for the dream, maybe for the chase, maybe to meet another hopeless dreamer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2019
I believe the risks I take are justified by the sheer love of the life I lead. ~Charles A. Lindbergh
The healthy being craves an occasional wildness, a jolt from normality, a sharpening of the edge of appetite, his own little festival of the Saturnalia, a brief excursion from his way of life. ~Robert MacIver
Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure. ~Author Unknown
Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. ~Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~Robert F. Kennedy
Why live on the edge when you can jump off it? ~Sign at Macau Tower Bungy Jump
For — believe me — the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is — to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships into unchartered seas! ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), The Gay Science, "Book Four: St Januarius" (#283), translated by Josefine Nauckhoff
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~Seneca
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? ~Robert H. Schuller
You must lose a fly to catch a trout. ~George Herbert
While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster. ~Abigail van Buren
I hugged safety close to my chest and kissed risk full on the lips. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, betsygarmon.com
The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet. ~Lord Chesterfield
Often we... expect and want every day to be just like today. Even though we’re not satisfied with today, we settle for security instead of discovery. ~Stephen G. Scalese, The Whisper in Your Heart
At some point you must decide if you want to succeed or just be someone who was never to blame for anything going wrong. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. ~Author Unknown
If one is forever cautious, can one remain a human being? ~Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. God Himself is not secure, having given man dominion over His works! Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Faith alone defends. ~Helen Keller, Let Us Have Faith, 1940
Dare to be naive. ~Buckminster Fuller
Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide? ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
There are those who are so scrupulously afraid of doing wrong that they seldom venture to do anything. ~Vauvenargues
One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked. ~Chinese Proverb
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1925, translated from French
Perhaps I have lived my life to excess, but know what — if I had it to do over again, I would overdo it again. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
If you are weak, dependent upon others, inclined to allow yourself to be dominated by opinion, to take root wherever you see a little soil, make for yourself a shield that will resist everything, for if you yield to your weaker nature you will not grow, you will dry up like a dead plant, and you will bear neither fruit nor flowers. The sap of your life will dissipate into the formation of a useless bark; all your actions will be as colorless as the leaves of the willow; you will have no tears to water you, but those from your own eyes, to nourish you, no heart but your own. ~Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d’un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren
You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward. ~James Thurber
I also make myself do something uncomfortable every day just to stay in good standing with risk.... It’s true, I easily honor the desire to retreat and I create safe places to sip tea and think. I love to hunker down and read books and write words and paint in order to suss out path. Especially when leaves are falling and the garden is mostly asleep, and the house smells like pumpkin and apple everything. But I will risk in huge ways when it comes to words that must be said and questions that must be asked. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, betsygarmon.com
We fail more often by timidity than by over-daring. ~David Grayson
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. ~Ray Bradbury
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