Following on from my previous posting, I am going to end 2008 with a quote from an unknown source. If you do know who wrote this then let me know.

“To laugh is to risk appearing the fool, to weep is to risk appearing sentimental, to reach out for another is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss, to love is to risk not being loved in return, to live is to risk dying, to hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure, but the 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 or live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave. He has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free.”

Let’s keep taking those risks in 2009.

Let’s keep taking more children outside.

Happy Hogmany!

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Visit January 3, 2009 at 16:49

A beautiful quote and always one to remember. I put myself out there all the time to risks, some are calculated, yes. But because, as your quote says, not to risk is not to live. I prefer living.


CreativeSTAR January 3, 2009 at 17:21

Hi Joel and Happy New Year

I found the quote in an unknown book, “Face Dancing” by Neil Gresham. It was published in 1993 after Neil’s girlfriend, Rachel Farmer, died tragically young, aged 22. She slipped from a walkway in France whilst on a rock climbing holiday. At the time Rachel was the most outstanding female climber of her generation, a medical student and all-round decent person. The little book is mostly photos, quotes and little snippets of information about Rachel’s life. It is a beautiful tribute.


Ali January 3, 2009 at 23:22

Hi Juliet

I have come across this quote a number of times including at the front of our risk assessment and operating procedures manual! It is always listed as source or author unknown. I haven’t yet come across a reference to it.


CreativeSTAR January 4, 2009 at 09:51

Hello Ali

How refreshing to see this quote in a RA manual. I find the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents a useful reference point. They advocate practice that is “as safe as necessary, rather than as safe as possible”.

Have a healthy, happy and safe New Year!!!


Graham October 21, 2013 at 21:09

The version I have is slightly different but we used this quote as a morning reading at Outward Bound Eskdale in the ’80s and seeing it now inspired me to find my own small book of readings. On risk I offer this one in return from Alain Gerbault in Alone around the world.
‘Adventure means risking something, and it is only when we are doing that that we know what a splendid thing life is and how well it can be lived. The man who never dares, never does; the man who never risks, never wins. It is far better to venture and fail than to lie on the rug like a sleepily purring cat. Only fools laugh at failure; wise men laugh at the lazy and the too contented and at those who are so blind that they undertake nothing.’


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