To laugh is – to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is – to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is – to risk involvement.
To expose feelings 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 risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing and is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love – live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he has forfeited freedom. Only a person who risks is free.
By William Arthur Ward