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Our dangers and delights are near allies,
From the same stem the rose and prickle rise.
A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.
Dangers are no more light if they once seem light, and more dangers have deceived men than forced them; nay, it were better to meet some dangers half-way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches; for if a man watch too long it is odds he will all fast asleep.
- Francis Bacon
In counsel it is good to see dangers; but in execution not to see them unless they be very great.
- Francis Bacon
There's a snake in the grass.
[Lat., Anguis sub viridi herba.]
- quoted in Francis Bacon, Essays--Of a King
Danger arouses interest. Where death is involved, the vilest criminal invariably stirs a little compassion.
- Honore de Balzac
What is danger
More than the weakness of our apprehensions?
A poor cold part o' th' blood; who takes it hold of?
Cowards and wicked livers: valiant minds
Were made the masters of it.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
- Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XII, v. 6)
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
- Bible, I Corinthians (ch. X, v. 12)
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
- Bible, Psalms (ch. XCI, v. 5-6)
The wolf was sick, he vowed a monk to be;
But when he got well, a wolf once more was he.
- in Walter Bower, Scotichronicon
Dangers by being despised grow great.
- Edmund Burke
Danger levels man and brute, and all are fellows in their need.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)
I have not quailed to danger's brow
When high and happy--need I now?
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Gaiour (l. 1,035)
In extreme danger, fear turns a deaf ear to every feeling of pity.
[Lat., In summo periculo timor misericordiam non recipit.]
- Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar),
De Bello Gallico (VII, 26)
Danger--if you meet it promptly and without flinching--you will reduce by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
- Winston Churchill (2)
We should never so entirely avoid danger as to appear irresolute and cowardly; but, at the same time, we should avoid unnecessarily exposing ourselves to danger, than which nothing can be more foolish.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
- Charles Caleb Colton
The absent danger greater still appears less fears he who is near the thing he fears.
- Samuel Daniel
For danger levels man and brute
And all are fellows in their need.
- John Dryden
A daring pilot in extremity;
Pleas'd with the danger, when the waves went high
He sought the storms.
- John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
(pt. I, l. 159)
Do not needlessly endanger your lives until ordered to do so.
- Dwight David Eisenhower
As soon as there is life, there is danger.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
See what perils do environ those who meddle with hot iron.
- John Galsworthy
Where, O king, destined to perish, are you directing your unavailing flight? Alas, lost one, you know not whom you flee; you are running from enemies, whilst you flee from your foe. You fall upon the rock Scylla desiring to avoid the whirlpool Charybdis.
[Lat., Quo tendis inertem
Rex periture, fugam? Nescis heu, perdite! nescis
Quem fugias; hostes incurris, dum fugis hostem.
Incidis in Scyllam cupiens vitare Charybdim.]
- Philippe de Lille Gaultier (Gautier) ("D. Chatillon"),
Alexandriad (bk. V, 298),
source said to be Quintus Curtius
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