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date: 17 October 2019


  1. Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.
    Warren Buffett 1930–  American businessman: in Omaha World-Herald 2 January 1994; Janet C. Lowe Warren Buffett Speaks (1997)
  2. Hesitation increases in relation to risk in equal proportion to age.
    Ernest Hemingway 1899–1961 American novelist: A. E. Hotchner Papa Hemingway (1966)
  3. My inclination to go by Air Express is confirmed by the crash they had yesterday, which will make them careful in the immediate future.
    A. E. Housman 1859–1936 English poet: letter, 17 August 1920
  4. Where there is no risk there can be no pride in achievement and consequently no happiness.
    Ray Kroc 1902–84 American businessman: Grinding It Out (1977)
  5. 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.
    Marissa Mayer 1975–  American businesswoman: on 4 April 2012
  6. 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.
    James Graham, Marquess of Montrose 1612–50 Scottish royalist general and poet: ‘My Dear and Only Love’ (written 1642)
  7. 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.
    Fridtjof Nansen 1861–1930 Norwegian polar explorer: in Listener 14 December 1939; see Calonne, Anonymous
  8. We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.
    Barack Obama 1961–  American Democratic statesman, 44th President from 2009: inaugural address, 20 January 2009
  9. Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
    George S. Patton 1885–1945 American general: letter to his son, 6 June 1944 [D day]; Brian Sobel The Fighting Pattons ch. 16
  10. To sail is necessary; to live is not.
    insisting on setting sail during a storm
    Pompey the Great 106–48 bc Roman general and statesman: Plutarch Parallel Lives ‘Pompey’
  11. better drowned than duffers if not duffers wont drown.
    Arthur Ransome 1884–1967 English writer: Swallows and Amazons (1930) ch. 1
  12. We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint.
    Robert Falcon Scott 1868–1912 English polar explorer: ‘The Last Message’ in Scott's Last Expedition (1913)
  13. 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.
    Alan Shepard 1923–98 American astronaut: in 1961, attributed in various forms
  14. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
    Eudora Welty 1909–2001 American writer: One Writer's Beginnings (1984)