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"But for to assaye," he seyde, "it nought ne greveth;
  For he that nought nassayeth, nought nacheveth."
    ["But to attempt it," he said, "should not grieve:
      for he that attempts nothing will nothing achieve."
        i.e., Nothing ventured, nothing gained.]
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
         (bk. V, st. 112)

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
      - Pierre Corneille

Do what you are afraid to do.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The people I want to hear about are the people who take risks.
      - Robert Lee Frost

People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage.
      - John Kenneth Galbraith

For who that noght dar undertake,
  Be riht he schal no profit take
    [For who that dare not undertake,
      By right he shall no profit take.
        i.e., Nothing ventured, nothing gained.]
      - John Gower ("The Moral Gower"),
        Confessio Amantis (st. 320),
        (for variations on theme, see Chaucer and Heywood)

Nought venture, nought have.
  [Nothing ventured, nothing gained.]
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI),
        (for variations on theme, see Chaucer and Gower)

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
      - Grace Murray Hopper

The rules of conduct, the maxims of action, and the tactical instincts that serve to gain small victories may always be expanded into the winning of great ones with suitable opportunity; because in human affairs the sources of success are ever to be found in the fountains of quick resolve and swift stroke; and it seems to be a law inflexible and inexorable that he who will not risk cannot win.
      - John Paul Jones,
        in a 1791 letter to Vice Admiral Kersaint

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
      - Erica Jong

The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
      - Erica Jong

Do what is right, though the world may perish.
      - Immanuel Kant

You've got to keep fighting--you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.
      - Elia Kazan

He who never undertook anything never achieved anything.
  [Fr., Qui onques rien n'enprist riens n'achieva.]
      - Proverb, (French)

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
      - Proverb,
        (for variations on theme, see Chaucer, Gower and Heywood)

You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and getting well hammered yourself.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Everything is sweetened by risk.
      - Alexander Smith

A man sits as many risks as he runs.
      - Henry David Thoreau

If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
      - Unknown

Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting.
      - Karl Wallenda


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