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





During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take the risk.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.


Basil King


Be bold. If you are going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.


Billie Jean King (1943-, American tennis player)


If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.


Arthur Koestler (1905-1983, Hungarian born British writer)


If you're not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.


Ray Kroc (1902-1984, American businessman, founder of McDonalds)


With racing, you never rest on your laurels, and there are no counterfeits.


Julie Krone (1963- American jockey)


Inaction, contrary to its reputation for being a refuge, is neither safe nor comfortable.


Madeleine Kunin


Never tell me the odds.


Star Wars - Han Solo Movie


What kind of man would live where there is no daring? I don't believe in taking foolish chances but nothing can be accomplished without taking any chance at all.


Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974, American pilot, made the first flight from New York to Paris)


People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


Run for daylight.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.


Audre Lorde


You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break though the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don't have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you'll stop at the first giant hurdle.


George Lucas


One never finds anything perfectly pure and... exempt from danger.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


I'm in love with the potential of miracles. For me, the safest place is out on a limb.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


To be alive at all involves some risk.


Harold MacMillan (1894-1986, British Prime Minister)


A throw of the dice will never abolish chance.


Stephane Mallarme (1842-1898, French symbolist poet)


We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Risk! Risk anything!... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.


Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923, New Zealand-born British author)


Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.


Cadet Maxim (American military academy, west point)


Yes, risk taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise it would be called sure-thing taking.


Tim McMahon


The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.


Bernard Meltzer (1914-, American law professor)


Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other.


Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782, Italian poet)


To achieve anything in this game, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.


Stirling Moss (1929-, British motor racing driver)


Dare to be wise.




The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


Competition can damage self-esteem, create anxiety, and lead to cheating and hurt feelings. But so can romantic love.


Mariah Burton Nelson


I never liked the middle ground -- the most boring place in the world.


Louise Nevelson


If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.


John Henry Newman (1801-1890, British religious leader, prelate, writer)


Courage is the best slayer -- courage which attacketh, for in every attack there is the sound of triumph.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We ought to fear a man who hates himself, for we are at risk of becoming victims of his anger and revenge. Let us then try to lure him into self-love.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


One must be thrust out of a finished cycle in life, and that leap is the most difficult to make -- to part with one's faith, one's love, when one would prefer to renew the faith and recreate the passion.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else?


Alex Noble


If you feel you have a film that's valid, you stick your ass on the line.


Nick Nolte (1940-, American actor)


Educated risks are the key to success.


William Olsten (American businessman, CEO of Olsten Services)


Daring is not safe against daring men.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Take calculated risks. This is quite different from being rash.


George S. Patton (1885-1945, American army general during World War II)


How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."


Trina Paulus (American author of "Hope For The Flowers")


There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.


Pilpay (BC 300?, Sanskrit author of Fables)


There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.


Pilpay (BC 300?, Sanskrit author of Fables)


You have all eternity to be cautious in when you're dead.


Lois Platford


To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger, is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.


The Palatine of Posnan


Every minute of life I take a risk; it's part of the enjoyment.


Otto Preminger


It is easy to cut the tail of a dead wolf


Albanian Proverb


Better to risk a little than to lose the whole.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Good to sell knowledge for labor, honor for risk.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Do not believe that you will reach your destination without leaving the shore.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Danger can never by overcome without taking risks.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


Deliberation often loses a good chance.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


You can't catch trout with dry breeches.


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


It is the risk element which ensures security. Risk brings out the ingenuity and resourcefulness which ensure success.


Robert Rawls


Edged tools are dangerous things to handle, and not infrequently do much hurt.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


What is necessary is never a risk.


Cardinal Jean Francois de Retz (1613-1679, French statesman, prelate)


The rewards go to the risk-takers, those who are willing to put their egos on the line and reach out to other people and to a richer, fuller life for themselves.


Susan Roane


All of life is a risk; in fact we're not going to get out alive. Casualness leads to casualties. Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


You stick your head above the crowd and attract attention, and sometime, maybe somebody, will throw a rock at you. That's the territory. You buy the land, you get the Indians.


David Lee Roth (1954-, American rock musician)


Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances.


Alberto Salazar


We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


God helps the brave.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


To save all, we must risk all.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Don't be afraid to go out on a limb.  That's where the fruit is.


Frank Scully


Fortune reveres the brave, and overwhelms the cowardly.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


It is not manly to turn one's back on fortune.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.


Joaquin Setanti


The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


I compensate for big risks by always doing my homework and being well-prepared. I can take on larger risks by reducing the overall risk.


Donna E. Shalala


Some people prefer to keep their foot in a bog so they don't risk falling over.


P.K. Shaw


When you play it too safe, you're taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we're given.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


Don't listen to those who say, you taking too big a chance. Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says they all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respects.


Neil Simon (1927-, American playwright)


There's no such thing as a sure thing. That's why they call it gambling.


Neil Simon (1927-, American playwright)


Everything is sweetened by risk.


Alexander Smith (1830-1867, Scottish poet, author)


Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him...


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


Somebody must take a chance. The monkeys who became men, and the monkeys who didn't are still jumping around in trees making faces at the monkeys who did.


Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936, American journalist)


The irony is this: If you don't go in, you can't find out.


Richard Stine


It was a bold person that first ate an oyster.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


A man sits as many risks as he runs.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The really great men of earth are never known by their titled names, or seldom so, so significant has been their service, so distinguished their gifts, that their simple name is enough.


Harry Moyle Tippett


It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.


Alvin Toffler (1928-, American author)


Courage is rarely reckless or foolish... courage usually involves a highly realistic estimate of the odds that must be faced.


Margaret Truman


He that is not in the war is not out of danger.


Author Unknown


He who stays in the valley will never see over the hill.


Author Unknown


If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.


Author Unknown


If the risk-reward ratio is right, you can make big money buying trouble.


Author Unknown


If your life is free of failures, you're not taking enough risks.


Author Unknown


Most successful people are people who take risks -- calculated risks -- but nevertheless, risks.


Author Unknown


Remember the turtle -- He never makes any progress till he sticks his neck out.


Author Unknown


Take a risk -- jump out of your comfort zone!


Author Unknown


The brave venture anything.


Author Unknown


The man who said he never had a chance, never took one.


Author Unknown


To save oneself, one must take risks and struggle.


Author Unknown


Where there is much to risk, there is much to consider.


Author Unknown


The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Do not yield to misfortunes, but advance more boldly to meet them, as your fortune permits you.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


Fortune helps the brave.


Virgil (c. 70 - 19 BC, Roman poet)


If your life is ever going to get better, you'll have to take risks. There is simply no way you can grow without taking chances.


David Viscott (1938-, American author, speaker, trainer)


Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Every time we've moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.


Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956, American businessman, founder of IBM)


We hear of a silent generation, more concerned with security than integrity, with conforming than performing, with imitating than creating.


Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956, American businessman, founder of IBM)


In the past, few women have tried and even fewer have succeeded.


Rosalyn Yalow


If you want to stand out, don't be different, be outstanding.


Meredith West


Buyers are graded not only on their successes, but also on their failures. Too many hits means the buyer isn't taking enough chances.


Leslie Wexner (American businessman, founder of The Limited)


The only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


When I'm in a bout and I stop fighting to win and start fighting not to lose, I'm almost guaranteed to lose because I quit taking chances.


Kelly Williams


Make voyages! Attempt them! There's nothing else.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution, is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.


Nathaniel P. Willis (1806-1867, Polish American poet, writer, editor)


You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine.


Flip Wilson (1933-, American actor, comedian)


Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


Risk is a part of God's game, alike for men and nations.


George E. Woodberry (1855-1930, American literary critic)


The willingness to take risks is our grasp of faith.


George E. Woodberry (1855-1930, American literary critic)


Boats in the harbor are safe but that is not what they are meant for.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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