139 Risk Quotes and Sayings

Sometimes, in order to bring out the best version of ourselves, we have to take risks. People who take risks are usually the ones who prosper because they refuse to live a life of mediocrity. They are the ones who see life as it is and find a way to live to the fullest. May these quotes inspire you to become the person you truly want to be and take risks in life.

Risk Quotes

1. Take risks. If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise. – Swami Vivekananda

2. To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while. – Jean-Paul Sartre

3. If you’re not scared a lot you’re not doing very much. – Robin Sharma

4. Sometimes, the biggest risks are those we take with our hearts.

5. The biggest risk a person can take is to do nothing. – Robert Kiyosaki

6. A ship in harbor is safe, but what is not what ships are built for. – John A. Shedd

7. If you want it, go for it. Take a risk. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering.

8. Take every risk, drop every fear.

9. To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.

10. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

11. If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.

12. When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.

13. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.

14. Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.

15. I am not where I am because of luck. I am where I am because I took risks others weren’t willing to take. The world rewards the risk-takers. It always has. It always will. – Dan Pearce

16. Ignore the risk, and take the fall. If it’s meant to be, it’s worth it all.

17. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. – Paulo Coelho

18. If you don’t take risks, you’ll never know.

19. Creative risk-taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. – Gary Ryan Blair

20. The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. – Mark Zuckerberg

21. Take the risk or lose the chance.

22. When we stop taking risks, we stop living life. – Robin Sharma

23. If there’s even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy, risk it. – A. R. Lucas

24. Great love and great achievements involve great risks. – Dalai Lama

Risk Quotes

25. Find your dream, then risk everything to make it into a reality.

26. Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

27. It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult. – Seneca

28. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go. – T.S. Eliot

29. What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter. – Peter Drucker

30. Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. – Jimmy Carter 

31. I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso

32. Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting. – Karl Wallenda

33. If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough. – Mario Andretti

34. Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – David Lloyd George

35. It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. – William James

36. Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt

37. Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s. – Billy Wilder 

38. The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety. – Goethe

39. Do not fear mistakes. There are none. – Miles Davis

40. A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done. – Cardinal Newman 

41. Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast. – Tom Peters

42. Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

43. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

44. Leap and the net will appear. – Zen Saying 

45. The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice, it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. – William Jennings Bryan 

46. Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. – Chinese proverb

47. Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. – Samuel Johnson

48. 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 

49. Are you placing enough interesting, freakish, long shot, weirdo bets? – Tom Peters

50. Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. – General George Patton

Risk Quotes

51. I can accept failure. Everybody fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Fear is an illusion. – Michael Jordan

52. Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor.

53. Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called ‘sure-thing-taking.’ – Jim McMahon 

54. People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. – Peter Drucker

55. Necessity is the mother of taking chances. – Mark Twain

56. 99 percent of success is built on failure. – Charles Kettering

57. Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. – Frederick Wilcox

58. What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? – Robert Schuller

59. Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. – Mignon McLaughlin

60. You can only be as good as you dare to be bad. – John Barrymore

61. Don’t listen to those who say ‘you taking too big a chance.’ Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most important, don’t listen when the little voice of fear inside you rears its ugly head and says ‘they all smarter than you out there. They’re more talented, they’re taller, blonder, prettier, luckier, and they have connections. I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live the chances are you’ll be a person worthy of your own respects. – Neil Simon

62. The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead. – Albert Einstein

63. Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. – Oprah Winfrey

64. No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life in a great cause. – Theodore Roosevelt

65. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot

66. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

67. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – e. e. cummings

68. The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. – Chuck Palahniuk

69. It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. – John Paul Jones

70. You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together. – Earl Nightingale

71. Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. – Denis Waitley

72. It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what’s left? – Jim Carrey

73. Decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. – Paul Tillich

74. I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. – Audre Lorde

75. The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision. – Maimonides

76. It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen. – Herodotus

77. 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

Risk Quotes

78. There’s something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk. – Drew Barrymore

79. You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done. – Chuck Yeager

80. Every man has the right to risk his own life in order to preserve it. Has it ever been said that a man who throws himself out the window to escape from a fire is guilty of suicide? – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

81. Creative people who can’t help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane. – R. D. Laing

82. Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous, anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. – Vaclav Havel

83. Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideaa, to take a calculated risk, and to act. – Maxwell Maltz

84. 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

85. In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk, bravery is a rampart of defense. – Sallust

86. Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can and surely will at times fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think we should follow a simple rule, if we can take the worst, take the risk. – Joyce Brothers

87. To win without risk is to triumph without glory. – Pierre Corneille

88. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself. – Alan Alda

89. 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

90. Creative risk-taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. – Gary Ryan Blair

91. What you risk reveals what you value. – Jeanette Winterson

Risk Quotes

92. If they inspired you to push outside your comfort zone, thank them for inspiring you to take a risk, and let them know how it paid off. – Cindy Hyde

93. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. – Strom Jameson

94. Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. – Denis Waitley 

95. I think risk-taking is a great adventure. And life should be full of adventures. – Herbie Hancock

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

97. Instead of asking yourself what everyone else’s opinion is going to be and how your action will be perceived by others, ask yourself, ‘How do I want my life to be lived?’ Then proceed to take a small risk in the direction of that new action. – Wayne Dyer 

98. One aspect of your journey is to confront risks with a view to minimize any negative impact by turning risks into manageable little bite size chunks or to plan a resolution that sees the risk as an opportunity, as hope, not as despair. – Byron 

99. To build your confidence and courage, take small risks where you have a good chance of succeeding. – Irene Roth 

100. We cannot guarantee success, but we can guarantee failure merely by choosing not to try at all. Choosing to take a risk, however, small, can have far-reaching implications in the course of human life. – John Izzo

101. We can’t possibly advance our dreams without taking some risk. But you can choose to take a carefully calculated risk rather than a careless, impulsive gamble. – Sharon Cook

102. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Risk Quotes

103. One must pick and choose one’s battles in life or risk living in many emotional foxholes. – Donald S. Neviaser

104. If we allow risk to be a fear, then we are sure not to succeed. But, if we approach risk with proper planning, and a good attitude, then most times we can minimize the risk. – Catherine Pulsifer 

105. Many people do not want to get out of their comfort zone because this space has very minimal stress and risks. After all, you are doing something that you have been doing over and over for who knows how long and failing is almost impossible. – Jamie Becker

106. May the coming year, be one that is not feared. Take that risk and dare, remembering that we care. – Catherine Pulsifer

107. My advice to anyone, whatever their field, is to never be afraid to chase a dream because of the risk of failure or ridicule. – Jason Ayres

108. Learn from mistakes, yours and others. Do not let mistakes stop risk-taking! Identifying and evaluating risks are an integral part of our life. – Steven Rosenthal 

109. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. – William Arthur Ward 

110. I do believe we must risk to dream, then risk to plan, and then risk to act. – David DeNotaris

111. So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself. Who is the happier man? He who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? – Hunter S. Thompson

Risk Quotes

112. Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

113. There is no intensity of love or feeling that does not involve the risk of crippling hurt. It is a duty to take this risk, to love and feel without defense or reserve. – William S. Burroughs

114. Never was anything great achieved without danger. – Niccolo Machiavelli

115. Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right. – Sarah Addison Allen

116. Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything 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

117. In school we learn that mistakes are bad, and we are punished for making them. Yet, if you look at the way humans are designed to learn, we learn by making mistakes. We learn to walk by falling down. If we never fell down, we would never walk. – Robert T. Kiyosaki

118. I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word. – Augusten Burroughs

119. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

120. Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. – Criss Jami

121. True rebels hate their own rebellion. They know by experience that it is not a cool and glamorous lifestyle; it takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done. – Criss Jami

122. A bend in the road is not the end of the road. Unless you fail to make the turn. – Helen Keller

123. Fortune sides with him who dares. – Virgil

124. Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this. – Thomas Huxley

125. The question, love, is whether you want me enough to take the risk. – Lisa Kleypas

126. Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they can’t go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner. – Anne Rice

127. True love is taking the risk that it won’t be a happily-ever-after. True love is joining hands with the man who loves you for who you are, and saying, “I’m not afraid to believe in you.” – Cara Lockwood

128. Better to put your heart on the line, risk everything, and walk away with nothing than play it safe. Love is a lot of things, but “safe” isn’t one of them. – Mandy Hale

129. The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control. – Bell Hooks

130. There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value. – Jeanette Winterson

131. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. – Stephen Hawking

132. Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. – Yo-Yo Ma

133. Living with fear stops us taking risks, and if you don’t go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit. – Sarah Parish

134. Life is too short to be scared and not take risks. I’d rather be the person that’s like, ‘I messed up,’ than, ‘I wish I did that.’ – Justine Skye

135. Be thankful for all successes, lose your ego, take risks, fail fast, and if you don’t absolutely love what you do, run. – Cynthia Rowley

136. One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation. – Walter Scott

137. Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing. – Elie Wiesel

138. For what it’s worth, trust your feelings. I can’t promise that you’ll never get hurt again, but I can promise you the risk is worth it. – Rick Riordan

139. They were two lovely choices. One of them meant giving up every chance of a decent life forever and the other one scared me out of my mind. – Frederik Pohl

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