To laugh is to risk appearing the fool

To weep is to risk appearing weak or sentimental

To reach out to another is to risk involvement or rejection

To show your feelings is to risk exposing yourtrue self

To place your ideas and 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 risks must be taken – because

The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing:

The person who risks nothing

Does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing;

S/He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but

S/He simply cannot learn, feel, change, love, or live

Chained by personal certitudes, s/he is a slave;

S/He has forfeited freedom.

Only a person who risks

Is free

                    – Author unknown