-- William Arthur Ward.
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool, to weep is to risk appearing sentimental., to reach for another is to risk involvement, to expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss, to love is to risk not being loved in return, to live is to risk dying, to believe is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by his certitudes, he is slave, he have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free.