A Quote by Lisa Alther on change, people, and risk

That's the risk you take if you change: that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along.

Lisa Alther (1944 -)

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A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on change, death, despair, dreams, failure, feeling, freedom, hope, ideas, laughter, learning, life, love, risk, sentimentality, slavery, sorrow, and suffering

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he's forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free.

Leo Buscaglia

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A Quote by Learned Hand on dissent, heresy, and risk

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.

Learned Hand (1872 - 1961)

Source: 1958, Lecture at Harvard

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A Quote by Kingman Brewster, Jr. on aim and risk


Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.

Kingman Brewster (1919 -)

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A Quote by King Hussein of Jordan on challenge, defense, destiny, destruction, generations, laws, lies, life, military, mistakes, morality, nations, practicality, problems, progress, questions, religion, resolution, risk, technology, war, weapons, and wo

One of the most dramatic examples of the gaps between the world's technological progress and moral rectitude is nuclear weapons. The material tools of destruction have become so powerful that the world now lives under the constant shadow of total annihilation. The stakes are enormous, and mistakes never carried a higher risk. It is no longer a question of self-defense. It is a question of self-preservation. Nuclear war is not a military problem. It is a moral dilemma. The nuclear race involves not only a negation of law, but a negation of morality. The problem cannot be solved by practical expediency. Its only resolution lies in the application of the moral imperatives on which our religions and your nation was founded. This problem will be one of your generations' greatest challenges. How well equipped you are to handle it will determine your destiny.

King Hussein (1935 - 1999)

Source: Commencement Forum speech, graduation of his son Prince Feisal, Brown University, May 1985

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A Quote by Keshavan Nair on compassion, courage, humility, risk, strength, and wisdom

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of intergrity.

Keshavan Nair

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A Quote by Jude Wanniski on growth, politics, and risk

All growth, including political growth, is the result of risk-taking.

Jude Wanniski (1944 -)

Source: The Wall Street Journal.

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A Quote by John Gay on fiction and risk

When we risk no contradiction It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Elephant and the Bookseller

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A Quote by John Kenneth Galbraith on destruction, people, privilege, and risk

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

John Galbraith (1908 -)

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A Quote by John Abernethy on adoption, disease, familiarity, health, nature, order, and risk

We must adopt loathsome diseases for our familiar associates, or we shall never be thoroughly acquainted with their nature and dispositions; we must risk, nay even injure, our own health in order to be able to preserve or restore that of others.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: “Hunterian Oration," 1819; in Familiar Medical Quotations, by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.

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