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All our mortal lives are set in danger and perplexity: one day to prosper, and the next -- who knows? When all is well, then look for rocks ahead.

SOPHOCLES, Philoctetes

He who fears dangers will not perish by them.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

The argument of danger only applies to those who live in relative safety.

GRAHAM GREENE, The Power and the Glory

At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other even more reasonable says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man's power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. In solitude a man generally yields to the first voice; in society to the second.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it.


It sometimes requires courage to fly from danger.

MARIA EDGEWORTH, Mademoiselle Panache

He who keeps danger in mind will rest safely in his seat.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep.

MATTHEW HENRY, Commentaries

The fear we throw about danger is always as disproportionate as a paternal shirt on an infant.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish among dangers and make a choice of the least harmful.


Everything is dangerous, my dear fellow. If it wasn't so, life wouldn't be worth living.

OSCAR WILDE, The importance of Being Earnest

Nearly everything that was fun, of course, was also a little dangerous: riding roller coasters, skydiving, gambling, sex.

DEAN KOONTZ, Dark Rivers of the Heart

We are generally either near or far from danger.


Life is dangerous. That's what makes it interesting.


The secret of the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment of existence is: to live dangerously!


If you are ignorant enough, you can walk like a cat on the slippery roof-ridge of danger.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

There are many dangers like comets--terrible indeed in their aspect to the vulgar, but of such a nature that the heavens may be seen through them by philosophers.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

Mystery magnifies danger as the fog the Sun.


Our courage is greater to dare a visible than an imagined danger. A visible danger rouses our energies to meet or avert it; a fancied peril appalls from its presenting nothing to be resisted. Thus, a panic is, usually, a sudden going over to the enemy of our imagination. All is then lost, for we have not only to fight against that enemy, but our imagination as well.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself.

DANIEL DEFOE, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

You cannot catch a cub without going into the tiger's den.


To be dexterous in danger is a virtue; but to court danger to show it, is weakness.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

What seems dangerous often is not--black snakes, for example, or clear-air turbulence. While things that just lie there ... are loaded with jeopardy.

AMY HEMPEL, "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried"

Some dangers are to be courted--courted and braved as a coy mistress is to be wooed, with all the more vigor as the day makes against us.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Danger is an aphrodisiac.

TOBSHA LEARNER, The Witch of Cologne

Danger was the grindstone on which the swordsman whetted his spirit.


I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.

C. S. LEWIS, Out of the Silent Planet

We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, January 27, 1838

What kind of man would live where there is no danger? I don't believe in taking foolish chances. But nothing can be accomplished by not taking a chance at all.

CHARLES LINDBERGH, attributed, Lindbergh: Flight's Enigmatic Hero

Where danger shews it self, apprehension cannot, without stupidity, be wanting; where danger is, sense of danger should be; and so much fear as should keep us awake, and excite our attention, industry, and vigour; but not to disturb the calm use of our reason, nor hinder the execution of what that dictates.

JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

I think I am very brave, upon the whole. If danger comes near my dwelling, I suppose I shall shudder.

ABIGAIL ADAMS, letter to John Adams, June 22, 1775

Danger, you know, sometimes makes timid men bold.

ABIGAIL ADAMS, letter to John Adams, June 22, 1775

He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.

AESOP, "The Two Travellers and the Axe", Aesop's Fables

In a world full of danger, to be a potentially seeable object is to be constantly exposed to danger. Self-consciousness, then, may be the apprehensive awareness of oneself as potentially exposed to danger by the simple fact of being visible to others. The obvious defence against such a danger is to make oneself invisible in one way or another.

R. D. LAING, The Divided Self


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