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  1. "Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever."--
    Philip Adams

  2. "Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory."--
    Alan Alda

  3. "That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along."--
    Lisa Alther

  4. "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

  5. "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space."--

  6. "If a man will begin with certainities, he shall end in doubts: but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he whall end in certainties. They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea."--
    Francis Bacon

  7. "Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."--
    Sir Cecil Beaton

  8. "Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity."--
    Gary Ryan Blair

  9. "For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze."--
    Richard Bode

  10. "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 cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."--
    Ray Bradbury

  11. "Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can-and surely will at times-fail. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk."--
    Joyce Brothers

  12. "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity; they seem more afraid of life then of death."--
    James F. Byrnes

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

  14. "You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, and you don't branch out, you don't try-you don't take the risk."--
    Rosalynn Carter

  15. "Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing."--
    William Congreve

  16. "To win without risk is to triumph without glory."--
    Pierre Corneille

  17. "Courageous risks are life-giving, they help you grow, make you brave, and better than you think you are."--
    Joan L. Curcio

  18. "We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring."--
    Georges Jacques Danton

  19. "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 Drucker

  20. "Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."--
    Amelia Earhart

  21. "No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty."--
    George Eliot
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  22. "Only those willing to risk going too far can find out how far they can go."--
    T.S. Eliot
  23. "Do not be too timid and squeamish... All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better."--
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  24. "Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success."--
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  25. "You've got to take the initiative and play your game...confidence makes the difference."--
    Chris Evert

  26. "One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure."--
    John W. Gardner

  27. "Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."--
    David Lloyd George

  28. "No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe."--
    Harry Gray

  29. "If you don't ask "why this?" often enough, somebody will ask "why you?""--
    Tom Hirshfield

  30. "If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow any more."--
    Shirley Hufstedler

  31. "Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings."--
    Victor Hugo

  32. "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."--
    Samuel Johnson

  33. "If you don't risk anything, you risk even more."--
    Erica Jong

  34. "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

  35. "There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."--
    John F. Kennedy

  36. "During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk."--
    Soren Kierkegaard

  37. "Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane."--
    R.D. Laing

  38. "Take risks ... be willing to put your mind and your spirit, your time and your energy, your stomach and your emotions on the line. To search for a safe place, to search for an end to a rainbow, is to search for a place that you will hate once you find it. The soul must be nourished along with the bank account and the resume. The best nourishment for any soul is to create your own risks."--
    Jim Lehrer

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

  40. "Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."--
    Katherine Mansfield

  41. "Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers."--
    Mignon McLaughlin

  42. "Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave."--
    Mary Tyler Moore

  43. "All my life I have gone out on a limb, but I have turned the limb into a bridge, and there is cool, clear water flowing under."--
    Holly Near

  44. "Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it."--
    Cardinal Newman

  45. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."--
    Anais Nin

  46. "When we walk to the edge of all the light we have and take the step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for us to stand on or we will be taught to fly."--
    Patrick Overton

  47. "One who sits between two chairs may easily fall down."--
    Russian Proverb

  48. "If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."--
    John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

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

  50. "You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge."--
    Damon Runyon

  51. "Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown."--
    George Shinn

  52. "Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall."--
    Tobias G. Smollett

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

  54. "Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."--
    Alice M. Swaim

  55. "I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often."--
    Brian Tracy

  56. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."--
    Mark Twain

  57. "Necessity is the mother of taking chances."--
    Mark Twain

  58. "I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."--
    Kurt Vonnegut

  59. "The human soul has need of security and also of risk. The fear of violence or of hunger or of any other extreme evil is a sickness of the soul. The boredom produced by a complete absence of risk is also a sickness of the soul."--
    Simone Weil

  60. "Life isn't worth living unless you're willing to take some big chances and go for broke."--
    Eliot Wiggington

  61. "Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your feet on first."--
    Frederick Wilcox

  62. "What you risk reveals what you value."--
    Jeanette Winterson

  63. "A person determined never to be wrong won't likely accomplish much."--
    Ken Wisdom

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