Risk, Challenge, & Safety Quotes
23 Apr 2005
I must not fear.
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.
Risk is at the heart of all education.
One of the reasons people stop learning is that they
become less and less willing to risk failure.
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
It is not because things are dangerous that we do not dare.
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.
There is no security on this earth.
Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security
is the denial of life.
Safety is understanding, it is an
attitude of mind
– it is not necessarily a simply following of rules or directions.
You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.