- Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.
Omaha World-Herald 2 January 1994; Janet C. Lowe Warren Buffett Speaks (1997) 1930– American businessman: in
- Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
Papa Hemingway (1966) 1899–1961 American novelist: A. E. Hotchner
- My inclination to go by Air Express is confirmed by the crash they had yesterday, which will make them careful in the immediate future. 1859–1936 English poet: letter, 17 August 1920
- Where there is no risk there can be no pride in achievement and consequently no happiness.
Grinding It Out (1977) 1902–84 American businessman:
- I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that's how you grow. When there's that moment of ‘Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough. 1975– American businesswoman: on CNN.com 4 April 2012
- He either fears his fate too much,
Or his deserts are small,
That puts it not unto the touch
To win or lose it all.
1612–50 Scottish royalist general and poet: ‘My Dear and Only Love’ (written 1642)
- Never stop because you are afraid—you are never so likely to be wrong. Never keep a line of retreat: it is a wretched invention. The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer.
Listener 14 December 1939; see Calonne, Anonymous 1861–1930 Norwegian polar explorer: in
- We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. 1961– American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009: inaugural address, 20 January 2009
- Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
The Fighting Pattons ch. 16 1885–1945 American general: letter to his son, 6 June 1944 [D day]; Brian Sobel
- To sail is necessary; to live is not.
insisting on setting sail during a storm
bc Roman general and statesman: Plutarch Parallel Lives ‘Pompey’ 106–48
- better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown.
Swallows and Amazons (1930) ch. 1 1884–1967 English writer:
- We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint.
Scott's Last Expedition (1913) 1868–1912 English polar explorer: ‘The Last Message’ in
- It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract. 1923–98 American astronaut: in 1961, attributed in various forms
- A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
One Writer's Beginnings (1984) 1909–2001 American writer: