Risky Business

Sunday, September 14, 2008 – Risky Business


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


A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw


If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. ~ Annie Dillard


Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. ~ H. Jackson Browne


There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community. ~ M. Scott Peck


In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


We took risks. We knew we took them. Things have come out against us. We have no cause for complaint. ~ Robert Frost


Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. ~ General George S. Patton


People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. ~ Peter F. Drucker


Necessity is the mother of “taking chances.” ~ Mark Twain


If a man isn’t willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he’s no good. ~ Ezra Pound


If we don’t succeed we run the risk of failure. ~ Dan Quayle


Nothing risque, nothing gained. ~ Alexander Woollcott


Today the man who is the real risk-taker is anonymous and nonheroic. He is the one trying to make institutions work. ~ John William Ward


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”


I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I’m not afraid of falling into my inkpot. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean. ~ G .K. Chesterton


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


The only risk of failure is promotion. ~ Scott Adams


There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else. ~ James Thurber


When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home. ~ Thornton Wilder


I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. ~ Henny Youngman