Selected Quotes about Risk

It is easy to follow, but it is uninteresting to do easy things. We find out about ourselves only when we take risks, when we challenge and question. -- Magdalena Abakanowicz

The goal is to win. It's not about making money. I have many much less risky ways of making money than this (buying Chelsea football club). I don't want to throw my money away, but it's really about having fun and that means success and trophies. -- Roman Abramovich

It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever. -- Philip Adams

There's never been a real destination resort in Asia, and when we open the Venetian Macao, it will be the first. -- Sheldon Adelson

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship. -- Louisa May Alcott

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. -- Walter Anderson

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences. -- Susan B. Anthony

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. -- St. Augustine

The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The Path that leadeth on is lighted by one fire --the light of daring burning in the heart. The more one dares, the more he shall obtain. -- Helen P. Blavatsky

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. -- Edward de Bono

Many people find vertical running frightening, and they would be right in thinking to create havoc in a company. Happily, I have always thrived on havoc and adrenaline. -- Richard Branson

Throughout my business life I have always tried to keep on top of costs and protect the downside risk as much as possible. -- Richard Branson

Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can -- and surely will at times -- fail. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk. -- Joyce Brothers

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is. -- H. Jackson Browne

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation. -- Pearl S. Buck

Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing. -- Warren Buffett

Perhaps; but is it not Tennyson who has said: "'Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have lost at all"? -- Samuel Butler

In order for people to be happy, sometimes they have to take risks. It's true these risks can put them in danger of being hurt. -- Meg Cabot

I don't think about risks much. I just do what I want to do. If you gotta go, you gotta go. -- Lillian Carter

It's actually a relatively small number of people that really are those risk takers, and a relatively small number of people that end up really having an impact on the world. -- Steve Case

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -- Winston Churchill

Taking higher risks, such as borrowing to invest or investing in shares rather that interest-bearing securities, should, over time, magnify your returns. -- Paul Clitheroe

To minimize risk and get the lifestyle you want by utilizing a car means purchasing and maintaining a safe car, using the seat belts and driving safely. To get the lifestyle benefits (more money) from investing in growth assets, such as shares and property, time is the equivalent of a safety belt. -- Paul Clitheroe

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

The greatest risk is the risk of riskless living. -- Stephen Covey

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be too cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. -- Annie Dillard

Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk — especially in new undertakings. -- Walt Disney

All economic activity is by definition "high risk". And defending yesterday--that is, not innovating-- is far more risky than making tomorrow. -- Peter Drucker

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. -- Charles DuBois

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress. -- Thomas A. Edison

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your reactions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is "trying things to see if they work." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (probably erroneously)

It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear . . . . It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to. -- Marilyn Ferguson

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -- Erich Fromm

No garden is without its weeds. -- Thomas Fuller

Life is a risk. -- Diane Von Furstenberg

The value of having everybody get the complete picture and trusting each person with it far outweighs the risk involved. -- Bill Gates

We also believe in taking risks, because that's how you move things along. -- Melinda Gates

The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. -- Shakti Gawain

The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. -- Shakti Gawain

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. -- Andre Gide

That it is perfectly proper to buy stocks for speculation. There is no crime in that. When you buy stocks for speculation it is perfectly proper to take speculative factors into account, which are different from investment factors. -- Ben Graham

When somebody asserts that a stock has an earning power of so much, I am sure that the person who hears him doesn't know what he means, and there is a good chance that the man who uses it doesn't know what it means. -- Ben Graham

Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational and excessive price fluctuations in both directions as the consequence of the ingrained tendency of most people to speculate or gamble... to give way to hope, fear and greed. -- Ben Graham

The stock market resembles a huge laundry in which institutions take in large blocks of each other's washing--nowadays to the tune of 30 million shares a day--without true rhyme or reason. But technologically it is remarkably well-organized. -- Ben Graham

Industry analysis relates to the past and the future. Insofar as it relates to the past, the elements dealt with have already influenced the results of the companies in the industry and the average market price of their shares. -- Ben Graham

The investor should have a definite selling policy for all his common stock commitments, corresponding to his buying techniques. -- Ben Graham

I think it is just stupid economics for a government to approach economic management from a strand of thinking regarding unions as enemies. -- Bob Hawke

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. -- Herodotus

You won't skid if you stay in a rut. -- Kin Hubbard

When you talk about risk, there was some risk because of the television. We’d gotten entrenched enough that there was an income to follow our projects. -- Terri Irwin

If you don't risk anything you risk even more. -- Erica Jong

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything that it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. -- Erica Jong

If your life is free of failures, you're not taking enough risks. -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I think decision makers, in business and elsewhere, just reject the metaphor altogether. Managers think of themselves as captains of a ship on a stormy sea. Risk for them is danger, but they are fighting it, very controlled. -- Daniel Kahneman

One of the major biases in risky decision making is optimism. Optimism is a source of high-risk thinking. -- Daniel Kahneman

If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility. -- Paul Keating

Most people think of us as this flamboyant airline, ... but we're really very conservative from the fiscal standpoint. . . . We never got dangerously in debt and never let costs get out of hand. -- Herb Kelleher

I would have to say from looking at the scene, as I've seen it, it appears there's a good chance it might be a total loss. -- Herb Kelleher

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

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. -- John F. Kennedy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. -- Robert F. Kennedy

Instead, to be financially free, we need to learn how to make mistakes and manage risk. -- Robert Kiyosaki

To fly, we have to have resistance. -- Maya Lin

Speculation is a hard and trying business, and a speculator must be on the job all the time or he’ll soon have no job to be on. -- Jesse Livermore

From my point of view, the investors are the big gamblers. They make a bet, stay with it, and if all goes wrong, they lose it all. -- Jesse Livermore

Investing without research is like playing stud poker without looking at the cards. -- Peter Lynch

This is not like pure science where you go, "Aha" and you've got the answer. By the time you've got "Aha," Chrysler's already quadrupled or Boeing's quadrupled. You have to take a little bit of risk. -- Peter Lynch

An important key to investing is to remember that stocks are not lottery tickets. -- Peter Lynch

There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity. -- Douglas MacArthur

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. -- Katherine Mansfield

Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order. -- Katherine Mansfield

First weigh the considerations, then take the risks. -- Helmuth von Moltke

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all. -- Jawaharlal Nehru

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -- Anais Nin

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -- Anais Nin

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -- Anais Nin

Take risks. Ask big questions. Don't be afraid to make mistakes; if you don't make mistakes, you're not reaching far enough. -- David Packard

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. -- George S. Patton

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. -- Norman Vincent Peale

There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community. -- M. Scott Peck

A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out. -- Laurence J. Peter

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. -- Pablo Picasso

It doesn't work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps. -- American proverb

You've got to go out on a limb sometimes because that's where the fruit is. -- Will Rogers

Luckily, and a long time ago, I learned the best path was to diversify, to be international and not to place all of my eggs in one basket. -- Sakip Sabanci

My friends thought I was crazy, that I should wait until I was dead. But I was determined. It is easy to promise but action is different. -- Sakip Sabanci

I guess what I'm trying to say is, I don't think you can measure life in terms of years. I think longevity doesn't necessarily have anything to do with happiness. I mean happiness comes from facing challenges and going out on a limb and taking risks. If you're not willing to take a risk for something you really care about, you might as well be dead. -- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk. -- Joaquin Setanti

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. -- George Bernard Shaw

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances. -- Julia Sorel

If a man is alive, there is always danger that he may die, though the danger must be allowed to be less in proportion as he is dead-and-alive to begin with. A man sits as many risks as he runs. -- Henry David Thoreau

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain

I don't give a damn if we get a little bureaucracy as long as we get the results. If it bothers you, yell at it. Kick it. Scream at it. Break it! -- Jack Welch

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while. -- Jack Welch

To make money, you will have to take risks, even if it's just your time on the line. The key to risk-taking is knowledge. -- Stuart Wilde

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. -- Ella Williams

What you risk reveals what you value. -- Jeanette Winterson

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. -- Virginia Woolf

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