An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it.


Roy Ash (American businessman, CEO of AM International)


It is easy to be brave when far away from danger.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


If you don't fail now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


To play it safe is not to play.


Robert Altman (1925-, American filmmaker)


Our lives improve only when we take chances -- and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.


Walter Anderson (American trainer, author)


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 (1894-1984, American  journalist, drama critic)


All serious daring starts from within.


Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Our whole way of life today is dedicated to the removal of risk. Cradle to grave we are supported, insulated, and isolated from the risks of life -- and if we fall, our government stands ready with Band-Aids of every size.


Shirley Temple Black (1928-, American film child star)


It is not easy to be a pioneer-but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.


Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910, British-born American doctor)


With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


It is a very dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


We may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living.


Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918, American writer)


The decision to speak out is the vocation and lifelong peril by which the intellectual must live.


Kay Boyle


Dancing on the edge is the only place to be.


Trisha Brown


Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.


Warren Buffett (1930-, American investment entrepreneur)


We don't grow unless we take risks. Any successful company is riddled with failures.


James E. Burke (American businessman, chairman of Johnson & Johnson)


Everything you want is on the other side of fear.


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The “sure thing” boat never gets far from shore.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Taking risks gives me energy.


Jay Chiat


It is so tempting to try the most difficult thing possible.


Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921, Mother of British prime Minster, Winston Churchill)


He who dares, wins.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


No crime is so great as daring to excel.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Let us not forget that among women's rights is the right to speak freely.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (1947-, American First Lady, senator, wife of Bill Clinton)


To live without risk for me would be tantamount to death.


Jacqueline Cochran


Playing safe is probably the most unsafe thing in the world. You cannot stand still. You must go forward.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.


James B. Conant (1893-1978, American educator, diplomat)


Just like a turtle, we only make progress if we stick our neck out.


James B. Conant (1893-1978, American educator, diplomat)


Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you're dealt, you can't win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.


Mike Conner


Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.


Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933, American President (30th))


In order to conquer, what we need is to dare, still to dare, and always to dare.


Georges Danton (1759-1794, French revolutionary politician)


We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.


Georges Danton (1759-1794, French revolutionary politician)


If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.


Geena Davis (1957-, American actress)


Any life truly lived is a risky business, and if one puts up too many fences against the risks one ends by shutting out life itself.


Kenneth S. Davis


Perseverance and audacity generally win!


Madame Dorothe Deluzy (1747-1830, French actress)


You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


Life has no romance without risk.


Sarah Doherty


To know that one has never really tried -- that is the only death.


Marie Dressler (1869-1934, Canadian stage and film actor)


In order to find the edge, you must risk going over the edge.


Dennis Dugan


What one has not experienced, one will never understand in print.


Isadora Duncan (1878-1927, American dancer)


Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. Some of us have ventured out nevertheless, and so far we have not fallen off. It is my faith, my feminist faith, that we will not.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Women must think strategically about creating ongoing pressure for change.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were -- to the very last minute -- a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The bold are helpless without cleverness.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Fortune favors the audacious.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


There's no reward in life without risk.


Barry J. Farber (American trainer, speaker, author)


Back of ninety-nine out of one-hundred assertions that a thing cannot be done is nothing, but the unwillingness to do it.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


If you never budge, don't expect a push.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


The risks of luxury must be balanced against the costs of necessity and proof of utility.


Arthur C. Frantzreb


Only those who dare, truly live.


Ruth P. Freedman


Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.


Milton Friedman (1912-, American economist)


Dare to be naive.


R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983, American inventor, designer, poet, philosopher)


Life is a risk.


Diane Von Furstenberg


As the band got more successful, it was increasingly difficult to get people to take a risk with something that might jeopardize their livelihood.


Peter Gabriel (1950-, British rock musician)


One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.


Lou Gerstner (1942-, American business executive, chairman of IBM)


Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.


J. Paul Getty (1892-1976, American oil tycoon, arts patron)


Nothing noble is done without risk.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Nothing noble is done without risk.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Entrepreneurs, in accepting risk, achieve security for all. In embracing change, they ensure social and economic stability.


George Gilder (American economist and author)


To get profit without risk, experience without danger and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born.


A.P. Gouthey


He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


You'll miss 100% of the shots you don't take.


Wayne Gretzky (1961-, Canadian hockey player)


It is true that when we take chances, we stand to lose. But it is also true that we will never win anything if we never even enter the game. Lucky people are aware of the possibility of losing, and indeed they may lose often. But since the chances they take are small, the losses tend to be small. By being willing to accept small losses, they put themselves in position to make large gains.


Max Gunther (American author)


It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Over the years, I've had hundreds of shots blocked. You've got to go in and take chances.


John Havlicek (1940-, American basketball player)


It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.


Herodotus (BC 484-425, Greek historian)


I've run less risk driving my way across country than eating my way across it.


Duncan Hines


If there were no bad speculations there could be no good investments; if there were no wild ventures there would be no brilliantly successful enterprises.


F. W. Hirst


It is the bold man who every time does best, at home or abroad.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


In times of stress, be bold and valiant.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The power of daring anything their fancy suggests, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.


Vladimir Horowitz


If you play it safe in life, you've decided that you don't want to grow anymore.


Shirley Hufstedler


You've got to keep fighting; you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive


Elia Kazan (1909-2003, Turkish-born American stage and film director)


There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


To win you have to risk loss.


Jean Claude Killy (1943-, French skier)


It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


It is only by risking... that we live at all.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?


Jimmy Johnson (1943-, American football coach)


I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged.... I had poems which were rewritten so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


The fearful are caught as often as the bold.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


It is better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.


Marilyn Moats Kennedy


Those who cling to life die, and those who defy death live.


Uyesugi Kenshin


No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise. They willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets. The buck not only stops at their desks, it starts there too.


Victor Kiam (1926-2001, American businessman, former CEO of Remington)


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