It is easy to be brave when far away from danger.
—Aesop (620–564 BCE) Greek Fabulist
The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly.
—Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964) Indian Head of State
A timid person is frightened before a danger; a coward during the time; and a courageous person afterward.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
When danger approaches, sing to it.
Out of debt, out of danger.
He that is not in the war is not out of danger.
There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.
—John Churton Collins (1848–1908) English Literary Critic
Never was anything great achieved without danger.
—Niccolo Machiavelli (1469–1527) Florentine Political Philosopher
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
—Anais Nin (1903–77) French-American Essayist
You risk just as much in being credulous as in being suspicious.
—Denis Diderot (1713–84) French Philosopher, Writer
The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
Truth uttered before its time is dangerous.
—Mencius (c.371–c.289 BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Sage
Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
—Victor Hugo (1802–85) French Novelist
Every man is his own chief enemy.
—Anacharsis (fl. 6th century BCE) Scythian Prince
He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.
—Thomas Fuller (1608–61) English Cleric, Historian
The person, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.
—Leo Buscaglia (1924–98) American Motivational Speaker
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
—Francis Quarles (1592–1644) English Religious Poet
To be alive at all involves some risk.
—Harold Macmillan (1894–1986) British Head of State
Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery!
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
Unless you enter the tiger’s den you cannot take the cubs.
Security will produce danger.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause.
—John Mason Brown (1900–69) American Author, Drama Critic
To act sincerely with the insincere is dangerous.
Go at it boldly, and you’ll find unexpected forces closing round you and coming to your aid.
—Basil King (1859–1928) Canadian Clergyman
The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.
—David Lloyd George (1863–1945) British Liberal Statesman
Danger past, God forgotten.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous…. The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.
—Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) English Mathematician, Philosopher
It is in great dangers that we see great courage.
—Jean-Francois Regnard (1655–1709) French Dramatist
To achieve anything, you must be prepared to dabble on the boundary of disaster.
—Stirling Moss (1929–2020) English Motor-Racing Driver, Broadcaster