Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Thoughts on Risk

Published: Apr 16, 2016 06:42:40 AM IST
Updated: Apr 12, 2016 12:54:04 PM IST
Thoughts on Risk
Image: Chaitanya Dinesh Surpur

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.
—Katerina Stoykova-Klemer

Even a correct decision is wrong when it is taken too late.
—Lee Iacocca

Never was anything great achieved without danger.
—Niccolò Machiavelli

The fullness of life is in the hazards of life.
—Edith Hamilton

Where’s the fun in playing with knives if you can’t draw a little blood?
—Donald Gorman

They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril, their courage melted away.
—Psalm 107:26

The only safe thing is to take a chance.
—Elaine May

When models turn on, brains turn off.
—Til Schuermann

We are pioneers, and the history of pioneers is not that good.
—Jeff Bezos

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.
—Douglas Adams

In America, any boy can become president, and I suppose it’s just one of the risks he takes.
—Adlai Stevenson

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
—TS Eliot

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
—Jim Rohn

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.”
—BC Forbes

“If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.”
—Drew Barrymore

(This story appears in the 29 April, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)