Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Quotations about Risk

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training.

An updated version of the book is newly available as part of my Almost Free Kindle titles both in the UK and in the USA.


The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

Cornelius Tacitus, Roman historian (55-120 AD)

If the odds are a million to one against something occurring, chances are 50-50 it will.

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
Marcel Proust, French author (1871-1922)

A ship in harbour is safe.
But that is not what ships are built for.
William Shedd, US author, moralist (1820-1894)

People cannot discover new oceans
until they lose sight of the shore.
André Gide, French novelist, critic (1869-1951)

Don’t play for safety – it’s the most dangerous thing in the world.
Horace Walpole, British author (1717-1797)

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
Erica Jong, US author, poet (b. 1942)

Safe is risky.
Gene Pressman, US clothing retailer

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille, French playwright (1606-1684)

It is the business of the future to be dangerous.
Alfred North Whitehead, British philosopher, mathematician (1861-1947)

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Robert Schuller, US clergyman, author (b. 1926)

There is always a certain risk in being alive, and if you are more alive there is more risk.
Henrick Ibsen, Norwegian playwright, poet (1828-1906)

If you play safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.
Shirley Hufstedler, US lawyer, federal judge (b. 1925)

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.
Cecil Beaton, British photographer (1904-1980)

There are risks and costs to a programme of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
John F Kennedy, US President (1917-1963)

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.
Leslie Townes Hope, known as Bob Hope, British/US comedian (1903-2003)

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