43 Encouraging Quotes You Need To Take Risks

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Risk is a necessary part of life. And risk-taking is where the excitement is.

But sadly, most of us are unwilling to take risks and prefer to take the tried, tested, and safe route. Because we fear being humiliated and labeled a failure.

Nothing, however, is ever gained in taking the safe route, so in this article, we share 43 quotes to encourage you to take that risk.

If you take that risk, whether you win or lose, you will have gained something.

43 Quotes to encourage you to go ahead and take risks

So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: 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

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

– T. S. Eliot

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.

– Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.

– Charles Stanley

If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.

– Neil Gaiman

If you opt for a safe life, you will never know what it’s like to win.

– Richard Branson

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

– Jimmy Carter

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.

– Anonymous

If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.

– Jeff Bezos

Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

– David Lloyd George

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.

– Soren Kierkegaard

Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset.

– Sara Blakely

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

– Abraham Lincoln

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

– Anais Nin

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.

– Billy Wilder

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

– Amelia Earhart

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.

– Warren Buffet

Taking risks doesn’t mean you don’t feel fear, acknowledge fear, or let fear inform you; you just don’t let it stop you.

– Caren Merrick

Do one thing every day that scares you.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

– Pablo Picasso

If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen. – Marissa Mayer

Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor.

– Anonymous

There can be no vulnerability without risk. There can be no community without vulnerability. There can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.

– M. Scott Peck

Danger can never be overcome without taking risks.

– Latin Proverb

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!

– General George S. Patton

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

– Sir Richard Branson

I can accept failure. Everybody fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Fear is an illusion.

– Michael Jordan

Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.

– Frederick Wilcox

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

– Helen Keller

There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.

– Aaron Lauritsen

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

– William Jennings Bryan

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.

– General George Patton

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.

– Sheryl Sandberg

But he’d learned long ago that a life lived without risks pretty much wasn’t worth living. Life rewarded courage, even when that first step was taken neck-deep in fear.

– Tamera Alexander

Explore, Experience, Then Push Beyond.

– Aaron Lauritsen

To live a life of excellence, you will have to take risks. You will have to step into new territory and climb new mountains. If you’re up to something that’s as big as you are, it’s going to be scary. If it feels perfectly safe, you are probably underachieving. To leave your mark in the world, you will have to stand someplace you’ve never been willing to stand before. And you will have to have the courage to aspire to excellence.

– Debbie Ford

It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.

– Seneca

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

– Mark Twain

Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.

– Chinese proverb

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

– Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

– Andre Gide

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.

– Samuel Johnson


To conclude, as has been said generations ago and to this day, success, greatness, and wealth can only be achieved by taking risks.

Only when you step out into the open, out of your comfort zone, and pursue your dreams can you truly say that you have lived.

And even if you fail, you will have lived a more fulfilling life than those who stayed within the safety zone.

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