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
To become presence means accepting the risk of absence.
—Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Being safe doesn’t mean you won’t be sorry.
Even a correct decision is wrong when it is taken too late.
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
The fullness of life is in the hazards of life.
Where’s the fun in playing with knives if you can’t draw a little blood?
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril, their courage melted away.
The only safe thing is to take a chance.
When models turn on, brains turn off.
We are pioneers, and the history of pioneers is not that good.
We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.
In America, any boy can become president, and I suppose it’s just one of the risks he takes.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are for.
—William GT Shedd
“Upheavals sieve the big men from the little.”
“If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.”
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(This story appears in the 29 April, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)