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Reflections on Risk

To laugh is to risk seeming foolish.
To cry is to risk seeming sentimental.
To go towards someone is to risk involvement.
To expose one’s feelings is to risk exposing one’s deepest self.
To present one’s ideas, one’s dreams to the crowd is to risk losing them.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk losing hope. 
To try is to risk failing.
But one must take risks because the greatest danger in life is to risk nothing at all. 
He who risks nothing has nothing, is nothing.
He can avoid suffering and sadness but learns nothing, feels nothing, cannot change nor develop, can neither love nor live.
Chained by his certainty, he becomes a slave, he abandons his freedom.
Only those who risk are free.
– Translated from French, Aunthor unknown
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Comments 3

  1. relluctant intellectual

    Nice one B. So true. The French do have a sensible thing or two to say on occasion :smile:.

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