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Risk, Challenge, & Safety

Risk, Challenge, & Safety Quotes

James Neill
Last updated:
23 Apr 2005

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
- Frank Herbert, Dune, Litany against Fear, p. 19

Believe me!
The secret of reaping the greatest
enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Take risks: 
if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Author Unknown

Man must exist in a state of balance between risk and safety. Pure risk leads to self-destruction. Pure safety leads to stagnation. In between lies survival and progress.
- Unknown

Risk is at the heart of all education.
- Willi Unsoeld

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

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

It is not because things are dangerous that we do not dare.
It is because we do dare not that things are dangerous.
- Seneca

Although generalizations are dangerous, I venture to say that at the bottom of most fears, both mild and severe, will be found an overactive mind and an underactive body. Hence, I have advised many people, in their quest for happiness to use their heads less and their arms and legs more-in useful work or play. We generate fears while we sit; we overcome them by action. Fear is nature's warning to get busy.
- Henry Link

There is no security on this earth.  Only opportunity.
- Douglas Macarthur

Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.
- Germaine Greer, 1970

Safety is understanding, it is an attitude of mind   it is not necessarily a simply following of rules or directions.
- Garry Richards, "Safety vs. Challenge", 1978

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