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It is easy to follow, but it is uninteresting to do easy things. We find out about ourselves only when we take risks, when we challenge and question. (Magdalena Abakanowicz)

A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes. (Sam Abell)

I have a perverse attraction to risk. Not physical risk but emotional, financial risk - anything than can't kill you immediately. (Scott Adams)

You've got to bear it in mind that nobody that ever lived is specially privileged; the axe can fall at any moment, on any neck, without any warning or any regard for justice. (James Agee)

I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind. (Steve Allen)

When people believe that every move they make is going to affect their compensation, they tend to get risk averse. (Teresa Amabile)

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)

To expose your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. (Anonymous)

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Risks are a measure of people. People who won't take them are trying to preserve what they have. People who do take them often end up having more. (Paul Arden)

I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. (Arthur Ashe)

This particular time has gotten to a point where the artist feels like a gambler. He does something on the canvas and takes a chance in the hope that something important will be revealed. (William Baziotes)

-Master of Stupidity...
Not learning by doing, but learning by risking. (Toba Beta)

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

The balloons only have one life and the only way of finding out whether they work is to attempt to fly around the world. (Richard Branson)

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

This is the risk: the primary word can only be spoken with the whole being. He who gives himself to it may withhold nothing of himself. (Martin Buber)

Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing. (Warren Buffett)

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. (Leo Buscaglia)

Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our 'heed-takers' more than ever. (Susan Cain)

Leap and the net will appear. (Julia Cameron)

Art advances between two chasms, which are frivolity and propaganda. On the ridge where the great artist moves forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk, however, and only there, lies the freedom of art. (Albert Camus)

It takes risks to achieve. It's often scary. It requires something you didn't know before or a skill you didn't have before. But in the end, it's worth it. (Jack Canfield)

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The person who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. (Dale Carnegie)

The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore. (Dale Carnegie)

I've arrived at the place if I'm not taking a career risk, I'm not happy. If I'm scared, then I know I'm being challenged. (Jim Carrey)

I don't think about risks much. I just do what I want to do. If you gotta go, you gotta go. (Lillian Carter)

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. (Pema Chodron)

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. (George S. Clason)

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. (Paulo Coelho)

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

Some things don't mix. Some things don't mix at all, but sometimes in life you have to take the risk. (Pat Conroy)

Risk nothing and lose everything; Risk everything and lose nothing. (Kris Courtney)

Risk creates the conditions under which a certain creativity can manifest itself. Different materials force different risks and evoke different perceptions. (Lorne Coutts)

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything. (Geena Davis)

Risk discomfort and solitude for understanding. (Wade Davis)

You never know what is possible, or where your life can lead, if you are willing to take a chance and try something. (Jack Dickerson)

There are risks, but far less than the risks of doing nothing and whining about it afterwards. (Lorna Dockstader)

Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. (E. L. Doctorow)

There is the risk you cannot afford to take, there is the risk you cannot afford not to take. (Peter Drucker)

People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who take risks, generally make about two big mistakes a year. (Peter Drucker)

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. (T. S. Eliot)

-The Painted Drum LP...
You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. (Louise Erdrich)

On the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of decision, sat down to wait, and waiting died. (Sam Ewing)

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything really good. (William Faulkner)

Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure. (Piero Ferrucci)

Some of the things that hold us back are our own thoughts and our stuff. Once we convince ourselves that plodding through life is much safer and that the rewards of taking chances just aren't worth the disruptions, then we're destined to plod through life. (Joyce Fetteroll)

I take risks to find clever and exciting solutions. (Peter Folkes)

The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success. (B. C. Forbes)

I'd rather risk an ugly surprise than rely on things I know I can do. (Helen Frankenthaler)

And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it. (Neil Gaiman)

One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure. (John W. Gardner)

Risk in art is experimentation. There is no sorrow in self-driven experimentation. (Robert Genn)

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune. (John Paul Getty)

Painting is made of a lot of little risks that pale in comparison to what real courage is all about. (Cesar Girolamo)

- unsourced...
One must work and dare if one really wants to live. (Vincent van Gogh)

Drawing is one of those things which sit on the uneasy bending line between instinct and instruction, where seeming perversity eventually trumps pleasure as the card players and the kibitzers interact and new thrills are sought. (Adam Gopnik)

If we are to perceive all the implications of the new, we must risk, at least temporarily, ambiguity and disorder. (J. J. Gordon)

I have always felt better taking a risk than an easier route for what I believe in. (Ernst Haas)

You carry all the ingredients to turn your life into a nightmare - don't mix them! (Hafiz)

I would rather give full vent to all human loves and disappointments, and take a chance on being corny, than die a smartass. (Jim Harrison)

If there is a 50-50 chance that something can go wrong, then 9 times out of ten it will. (Paul Harvey)

Art is, from any point of view, the greatest of risks. (Jean Helion)

The specific weight of the soul is equal to the sum of what has been dared. (Bert Hellinger)

Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age. (Ernest Hemingway)

- 1985 documentary "The Color of Life"...
I was always a risky person. (Dorothy Hood)

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things. (Grace Hopper)

It is only by taking risks from one hour to the other that we live at all. (William James)

Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm - walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers. (Billy Joel)

My willingness to explore and work freely is not without risk, and at times, I find myself caught in a bind... Knowing I can fix whatever goes wrong allows me to paint, not without thought, but without hesitation. (Brian Johnson)

If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I'm not frightened by anyone's perception of me. (Angelina Jolie)

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. (Erica Jong)

This is what aesthetics, development and progress depend upon: that we go out on thin ice. (Asger Jorn)

In many cases, what looks like risk-taking doesn't take courage at all; it's just unrealistic optimism. Courage is a willingness to take the risk once you know the odds; optimistic overconfidence means you are taking the risk because you don't know the odds. There's a big difference. (Daniel Kahneman)

You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere. (Charles F. Kettering)

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself. (Soren Kierkegaard)

We pride ourselves on being the only species that understands the concept of risk, yet we have a confounding habit of worrying about mere possibilities while ignoring probabilities, building barricades against perceived dangers while leaving ourselves exposed to real ones. (Jeffrey Kluger)

Often, as artists, we must frighten ourselves and take that tightrope over the canyon to the other side. We must allow those ideas to flourish that we damp down because 'clients' or 'galleries' might not find them pleasing or saleable. (Sharon Knettell)

-misattributed, from Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ...
Great love and great achievements involve great risk. (Dalai Lama)

When I'm reading material, if I'm a little bit afraid of a part and I'm willing to admit that to myself, then I'll do it, definitely. If I'm worried about being able to do it, to get it - I absolutely just love it. (Jack Lemmon)

You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through 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)

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. It's where all the fruit is. (Shirley MacLaine)

The artist, who must venture into the studio and risk there, and then venture into the marketplace and risk again, is obliged to learn how her defences work, so that she can drop and raise her guard instantly. (Eric Maisel)

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)

Risk, risk anything! Do the hardest thing on earth for you! Act for yourself. Face the truth. (Katherine Mansfield)

A rapid rendering of a landscape represents only one moment of its existence. I prefer, by insisting upon its essential character, to risk losing charm in order to gain greater stability. (Henri Matisse)

What isn't tried won't work. (Claude McDonald)

Living might mean taking chances, but they're worth taking. Loving might be a mistake. but its worth making. (Reba McEntire)

No noble thing can be done without risks. (Michel de Montaigne)

The outside world pressures you into a mold, but if you don't accept that - you gamble with life. Call it gambling. (Louise Nevelson)

Risk is a necessary part of painting. You have to put yourself in harm's way in order to stretch your competence and continue to learn. (Thomas M. Nicholas)

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. (Anais Nin)

Everyone has a 'risk muscle.' You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don't, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day. (Roger von Oech)

There is always the risk of ending up with something you have not intended – but isn't that the best part? (Alev Oguz)

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. (George Smith Patton, Jr.)

Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks... that's what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that's really special, and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself. (Amy Poehler)

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground. (Marcel Proust)

Don't put all your eggs in the same basket. (Latin proverb)

The only way to be absolutely safe is never to try anything for the first time. (Magnus Pyke)

When you're fearless, you take more risks because you're less conscious of failure or what can go wrong. (Brett Ratner)

It's when you've found out how to do certain things that it's time to stop doing them, because what's missing is that you're not including the risk. (Robert Rauschenberg)

The Universe will kick you out of your nest so you can fly. (James Arthur Ray)

Sometimes artists risk everything for their art career and get somewhere, other times artists risk everything and get nowhere. (Alice Rich)

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is. (Will Rogers)

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

We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go. (Jim Rohn)

Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. (Mitt Romney)

Creativity is risking everything you are with the knowledge that most won't get it. (Rick Rotante)

Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks. (Mark Rothko)

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)

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? (Rumi)

Were the diver to think on the jaws of the shark, he would never lay hands on the precious pearl. (Sa'di)

Every blunder behind us is giving a cheer for us, and only for those who were willing to fail are the dangers and splendors of life. (Carl Sandburg)

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

Who reflects too much will accomplish little. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

The most ominous change [in cinema] came stealthily and under cover of night: the gradual but steady elimination of risk. (Martin Scorsese)

Dare to risk rather than fear to fail. (Ian Semple)

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

If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor. (Neil Simon)

The risk of failure is part of the fun of what I do. (Paul Simon)

We live in uncertain and rapidly changing times that can make us risk-averse, prone to getting stuck. Little bets provide an antidote... a way to see what's around the next corner... (Peter Sims)

Everything is sweetened by risk. (Alexander Smith)

I must take risks if I am to progress. I can afford the luxury of shyness socially, but it is sure death artistically. (Keith Smith)

Life responds when we risk. (Rodney Smith)

If you are never scared, embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take chances. (Julia Soul)

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. (Gertrude Stein)

Because I was born in a stable country at a stable time, I falsely extrapolated that change is incremental. But if you zoom out just a little bit, you see that life is soccer, not basketball. It's revolution, invention, war. It's big bangs, exploding stars, asteroids killing the dinosaurs. Which means that all the action is in the risk taking, whether I want it to be or not. (Joel Stein)

In painting, you have to destroy in order to gain... you have got to sacrifice something you are quite pleased with in order to get something better. Of course, it's a risk... (Graham Sutherland)

I saw a great bumper sticker that read: 'Do something that scares you every day.' That really stuck with me. I try to live like that. (Janice Tanton)

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not. (Virgil Thomson)

The loftier your goals, and the higher your risk, the greater your glory. (Author unknown)

Unless we start to bring quantity of doing, and risk making mistakes, we cannot learn and grow. (Janet Vanderhoof)

A risk-free world is a very dull world, one from which we are apt to learn little of consequence. (Geerat Vermeij)

Fortune sides with him who dares. (Virgil)

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center. (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)

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)

Being a good painter is a question of risk and letting go. It is not being afraid to make a mistake. (Van Waldron)

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. (Thomas J. Watson, Sr.)

We should have the courage to take risks when they are thoughtful risks. We must try to make clear, sound, aggressive decisions, not waiting until every possible base has been touched. (Thomas J. Watson, Jr.)

A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. (Eudora Welty)

Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

-An Ideal Husband
To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not - there is no weakness in that. (Oscar Wilde)

What you risk reveals what you value. (Jeanette Winterson)

You know how it feels when you're leaning back on a chair, and you lean too far back, and you almost fall over backwards, but then you catch yourself at the last second? I feel like that all the time. (Steven Wright)

You don't concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done. (Chuck Yeager)

If at first you don't succeed... so much for skydiving. (Henny Youngman)

When you try to do something you've never done before, you risk falling on your face. (Ellen Taaffe Zwilich)