33 Quotes about risk that will inspire you

Taking a risk is something we can not avoid in life if we want to achieve our goals. Whether it is summoning the courage to ask that person you like on a date or taking a risk with a new business venture.

However, you should know this – every risk you take has probably been taken by someone else at some point in time. So read the quotes about risk below to help you calve out the life you want.

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I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling into my inkpot.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Take risks ... be willing to put your mind and your spirit, your time and your energy, your stomach and your emotions on the line. To search for a safe place, to search for an end to a rainbow, is to search for a place that you will hate once you find it. The soul must be nourished along with the bank account and the resume. The best nourishment for any soul is to create your own risks.
Jim Lehrer
The essence of investment management is the management of risks, not the management of returns.
I learned to embrace risk, as long as it was well thought out and, in a worst-case scenario, I'd still land on my feet.
Eli Broad
If you don’t play you can’t win.
Judith McNaught
The human soul has need of security and also of risk. The fear of violence or of hunger or of any other extreme evil is a sickness of the soul. The boredom produced by a complete absence of risk is also a sickness of the soul.
Simone Weil
This nation was built by men who took risks-pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, businessmen who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.
Brooks Atkinson
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
Successful investing is about managing risk, not avoiding it.
Are you placing enough interesting, freakish, long shot, weirdo bets?
Tom Peters
A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
William G.T. Shedd
To me art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.
Mark Rothko
Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
Ray Bradbury
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.
Ellen DeGeneres
There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask 'What if I fall?' Oh but my darling, What if you fly?
Erin Hanson
Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George
Two roads diverged in a wood … I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
Robert Fros
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
Mark Twain
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Jim Rohn
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
Dale Carnegie
Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Leo Buscaglia
It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.
John Paul Jones
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Pablo Picasso
You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
James Thurber
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.
Charles Stanley
Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
George S. Patton
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
Courage is willingness to take the risk once you know the odds. Optimistic overconfidence means you are taking the risk because you don't know the odds. It's a big difference.
Daniel Kahneman
Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.
You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart.
Louise Erdrich
Risk is the price you pay for opportunity.
Tom Selleck