Quotations About
risk

Sometimes you just had to face it. You had to march right into the ugly middle… Otherwise you ended up against the wall, creeping fearfully around the edge your whole life.

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (2003)
Posted in: Ann Brashares

Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.

Posted in: Say Anything...

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

Salt from My Attic (1928)
Posted in: John A. Shedd

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

As reported in The Huffington Post, July 27 2012.
Posted in: Muhammad Ali

Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten track behind occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before, and something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the result of thought.

As quoted in "The Chemistry of Life" by Ralph Whiteside Kerr in Rosicrucian Digest (1947) p. 131

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

Speech, Mansion House, London, 24 Jan 1889

Ralphie: Oh no, it was the classic mother BB gun block! Heh, heh. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” That deadly phrase uttered many times before by hundreds of mothers was not surmountable by any means known to kiddom.

There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.

As quoted in "Visit to Two-Finger Typist" by Elliot Chaze in LIFE magazine (14 July 1961)
Posted in: William Faulkner

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.

Taming the Bicycle
Posted in: Mark Twain

Isaac: I know my analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful that I got another analyst.

Posted in: Manhattan

Bud Fox: Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.

Posted in: Wall Street

If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

Ramius: Upon reaching the New World, Cortez burned his ships; as a result his men were well motivated.

Never spend your money before you have it.

letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825
Posted in: Thomas Jefferson

Phil Dunphy: What was on my mind as I was walking that wire? I was thinking, if I can do this… then I have two ways to cross the yard.

Phil on Wire (season 3, episode 3)
Posted in: Modern Family

It’s career suicide, colleagues tell me, to speak out against the literary establishment; they’ll smear you. But never mind. I’m too old and too invisible to said establishment to care.

"My So-Called 'Post-Feminist' Life in Arts and Letters", The Nation, April 29, 2013