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Doing nothing needs forgiveness as much as doing the best you can and erring. • John Piper

Our pop theology has eliminated the place for risk and insulted us with a comfort-and-security theology. …I want to reiterate the fact that the center of God’s will is not a safe place, but the most dangerous place in the world. …To live outside God’s will puts us in danger, but to live in His will makes us dangerous. When we begin to seize our divine moments, we do not begin to live risk-free, but instead become free to risk. • Erwin Raphael McManus

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. • Martin Luther King Jr.

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

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. • Max De Pree

Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. • Mark Twain

The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. • J. R. R. Tolkien

If life is an adventure, then danger is inherent to the journey. • Erwin Raphael McManus

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I… I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. • Robert Frost

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. • Sir Edmund Hillary

There is sometimes a subtle selfishness behind our avoidance of risk taking. There is a hypocrisy that lets us take risks every day for ourselves but paralyzes us from taking risks for others on the Calvary road of love. We are deluded and think that such risk may jeopardize a security that in fact does not even exist. • John Piper

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. • Corrie Ten Boom

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. • T. S. Eliot

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. • Helen Keller

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game. • Winston Churchill

It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. Who—at the best—knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who—at the worst—at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. • Theodore Roosevelt

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. • G. K. Chesterton

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. • John F. Kennedy

There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission. A mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment, he finds greatness. It is his finest hour. • Winston Churchill

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

This is what we live for, and die for: to make much of Jesus Christ and his glorious, universe-encompassing kingdom. The heart cry of our lives, young and old, men and women, rich and poor, is the glory of Jesus Christ so that with full courage now as always Christ might be honored in our bodies, whether by life or by death. • John Piper (emphasis taken from Philippians 1:20-21)

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life in a great cause. • Theodore Roosevelt

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble. • Ralph Waldo Emerson

The paralyzing fear of making a decision serves no one. It is cowardly. Risk is the only way forward. • John Piper

People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. • Peter F. Drucker

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

The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all. • Brennan Manning

If our single, all-embracing passion is to make much of Christ in life and death, and if the life that magnifies him most is the life of costly love, then life is risk, and risk is right. To run from it is to waste your life. • John Piper

To delay or fail to make decisions may be more sinful than to make wrong decisions out of faith and love. • Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This is the promise that empowers us to take risks for the sake of Christ. It is not the impulse of heroism, or the lust for adventure, or the courage of self-reliance, or the need to earn God’s favor. It is simple trust in Christ—that in him God will do everything necessary so that we can enjoy making much of him forever. • John Piper

There is an order to the creative process: we dream, we risk, we create. We cannot create without risk. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. • C.S. Lewis

We cannot love deeply or risk greatly and never know failure or disappointment. ...Love never comes without wounds; faith never comes without failure. • Erwin Raphael McManus