Risk Quotes

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

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

E.E. Cummings

Man is so muddled, so dependent on the things immediately before his eyes, that every day even the most submissive believer can be seen to risk the torments of the afterlife for the smallest pleasure.

Joseph de Maistre

The common dogma is fear of modern knowledge, inability to cope with the fast change in a scientific-technological society, and the real breakdown in apparent moral order in recent years.... That is why hate is the major fuel, fear is the cement of the movement, and superstitious ignorance is the best defence against the dangerous new knowledge. ... When you bring up arguments that cast serious doubts on their cherished beliefs you are not simply making a rhetorical point, you are threatening their whole Universe and their immortality. That provokes anger and quite frequently violence. ... Unfortunately you cannot reason with them and you even risk violence in confronting them. Their numbers will decline only when society stabilizes, and adapts to modernity

G Gaia

Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk, and to act.

Maxwell Maltz

Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can-and surely will at times-fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.

Dr. Joyce Brothers

If men were equally at risk from this conditionóif they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trainsóthen I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong

I'm not cynical about marriage or romance. I enjoyed being married. And although being single was fun for a while, there was always the risk of dating someone who'd owned a lunch box with my picture on it.

Shaun Cassidy

He who pursues fame at the risk of losing his self is not a scholar.

Chuang-tzu

A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: He who wants everything must risk very little.

Pierre Corneille

In plucking the fruit of memory one runs the risk of spoiling its bloom.

Joseph Conrad

At the risk of sounding ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by feelings of love.

Che Guavara

Most people wander through life, carelessly taking whatever risk crosses their paths without compensation, but never consciously accepting extra risk to pick up the money and other good things lying all around them.

Aaron C. Brown

In a state-run society the government promises you security. But it's a false promise predicated on the idea that the opposite of security is risk. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opposite of security is insecurity, and the only way to overcome insecurity is to take risks. The gentle government that promises to hold your hand as you cross the street refuses to let go on the other side

Theodore Forstmann

War is a lottery in which nations ought to risk nothing but small amounts.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The developed world should neither shelter nor militarily destabilize authoritarian regimesunless those regimes represent an imminent threat to the national security of other states. Developed states should instead work to create the conditions most favorable for a closed regimes safe passage through the least stable segment of the J curvehowever and whenever the slide toward instability comes. And developed states should minimize the risk these states pose the rest of the world as their transition toward modernity begins.

Ian Bremmer

Look we believe Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. Now if we don't attack him, then he might not use them, and in that case we'll never know whether he's got them or not. And you know, that's not a risk I'm prepared to take. Besides if we do conquer Iraq, and remove Saddam Hussein, there's a chance we could win the Nobel Peace Prize, and you know, frankly, isn't that something worth going to war for?

Rory Bremner

A leader must face danger. He must take the risk and the blame, and the brunt of the storm.

Herbert N. Casson

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.

Jean Paul Getty

Self-confidence is the result of a successfully survived risk.

Jack Gibb

Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.

J B Priestley

Responsibility and self-discipline give you the freedom to be more spontaneous because you won’t risk abusing your freedom.

Steve Pavlina

If men were equally at risk from this condition -- if they knew their bellies might swell as if they were suffering from end-stage cirrhosis, that they would have to go nearly a year without a stiff drink, a cigarette, or even an aspirin, that they would be subject to fainting spells and unable to fight their way onto commuter trains -- then I am sure that pregnancy would be classified as a sexually transmitted disease and abortions would be no more controversial than emergency appendectomies

Barbara Ehrenreich

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