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[ Also see Accident Adventure Bravery Fear Perils Risk Safety ]

Fools and sensible men are equally innocuous. It is in the half fool and the half wise that the danger lies.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Live dangerously and you live right.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For all on a razor's edge it stands.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. X, l. 173)

Man is never watchful enough against dangers that threaten him every hour.
  [Lat., Quid quisque vitet nunquam homini satis
    Cautum est in horas.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (II, 13, 13)

You are dealing with a work full of dangerous hazard, and you are venturing upon fires overlaid with treacherous ashes.
  [Lat., Periculosae plenum opus aleae
    Tractas, et incedis per ignes
      Suppositos cineri doloso.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Odes
         (bk. II, 1, 6)

Danger for danger's sake is senseless.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

The new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

That danger which is despised arrives the soonest.
      - Decimus Laberius

The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.
  [Lat., Multos in summa pericula misit
    Venturi timor ipse mali.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (VII, 104)

For me, the safest place is out on a limb.
      - Shirley MacLaine

'Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
  Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant,
    But over its terrible edge there had slipped
      A Duke and full many a peasant,
        So the people said something would have to be done,
          But their projects did not at all tally.
            Some said: "Put a fence round the edge of the cliff."
              Some: "An ambulance down in the valley."
      - Joseph Malines, Fence or Ambulance,
        appeared in the "Virginia Health Bulletin" with the title "Prevention and Cure"

Speak, speak, let terror strike slaves mute,
  Much danger makes great hearts most resolute.
      - John Marston

What a sea
  Of melting ice I walk on!
      - Philip Massinger, Maid of Honor
         (act III, sc. 3)

Keep together here, lest, running thither,
  W unawares run into danger's mouth.
      - John Milton

Thou little know'st
  What he can brave, who, born and nurst
    In danger's paths, has dared her worst!
      Upon whose ear the signal-word
        Of strife and death is hourly breaking;
          Who sleeps with head upon the sword
            His fever'd hand must grasp in waking.
      - Thomas Moore

If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else.
      - Reinhold Niebuhr

Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not gives advantage to the danger; it is less folly not to endeavor the prevention of the evil thou fearest than to fear the evil which thy endeavor cannot prevent.
      - Francis Quarles

When the danger's past the saint is cheated.
  [Fr., Passato il pericolo (or punto) gabbato il santo.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel (IV, 24),
        quoted as a proverb

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The best way to avoid danger is to meet it plump.
      - Sir Boyle Roche,
        in Jonah Barrington's "Personal Sketches and Recollections of his own Times" (1827)

The Nazi danger to our Western world has long ceased to be a mere possibility. The danger is here now--not only from a military enemy but from an enemy of all law, all liberty, all morality, all religion.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
        radio broadcast from the White House

O'er the ice the rapid skater flies,
  With sport above and death below,
    Where mischief lurks in gay disguise
      Thus lightly touch and quickly go.
        [Fr., Sur un mince chrystal l'hyver conduit leurs pas,
          Telle est de nos plaisirs la legere surface,
            Glissez mortels; n'appuyez pas.]
      - Pierre Charles Roy,
        translated by Samuel Johnson, lines under picture of skaters, print of painting by Lancret

Nothing is strong that may not be endangered even by the weak.
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus)

He knows that the man is overcome ingloriously, who is overcome without danger.
  [Lat., Scit eum sine gloria vinci, qui sine periculo vincitur.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Providentia (III)

Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them.
  [Lat., Contemptum periculorum assiduitas periclitandi dabit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Providentia (IV)

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