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Never try to walk across a river just because it has an average depth of four feet.

Author: Milton Friedman (1912)

Profession: American Economist

Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Author: Robert Frost (1875-1963)

Profession: American Poet

As the band got more successful, it was increasingly difficult to get people to take a risk with something that might jeopardize their livelihood. [On Genesis]

Author: Peter Gabriel (1950)

Profession: British Rock Musician

One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

Author: John W. Gardner (1912)

Profession: American Educator, Social Activist

Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out.

Author: Lou Gerstner

Profession: American Business Excessive, Chairman of IBM

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying.

Author: J. Paul Getty (1892-1976)

Profession: American Oil Tycoon, Billionaire

You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Author: Wayne Gretzky (1961)

Profession: Canadian Hockey Player

It is true that when we take chances, we stand to lose. But it is also true that we will never win anything if we never even enter the game. Lucky people are aware of the possibility of losing, and indeed they may lose often. But since the chances they take are small, the losses tend to be small. By being willing to accept small losses, they put themselves in position to make large gains.

Author: Max Gunther

Profession: American Author

It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.

Author: Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)

Profession: Swedish Statesman, Secretary-general of U.N.

Over the years, I've had hundreds of shots blocked. You've got to go in and take chances.

Author: John Havlicek

Profession: Basketball Player

I've run less risk driving my way across country than eating my way across it.

Author: Duncan Hines


The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.

Author: Vladimir Horowitz


If you play it safe in life, you've decided that you don't want to grow anymore.

Author: Shirley Hufstedler (1925)

Profession: American jurist and secretary of education

It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author