To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
—Søren Kierkegaard (Danish philosopher, theologian, and author; 1813–1855)
Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.
—Frederick Wilcox (dates unknown)
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 (deaf and blind American author, political activist, and lecturer; 1880–1968)
We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure.
—Leo F. Buscaglia, (American author and motivational speaker; 1924–1998)
The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
—General George S. Patton (United States Army officer; 1885–1945)
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
—T.S. Eliot (American poet, playwright, and literary critic; 1888–1965)