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Daring is more than courage, although this is certainly an essential element. Daring also includes vision, doing something new and imaginative, that strikes a chord with the wider population. Creativity needs daring and daring needs creativity. It is an individual thing. Organizations and groups don’t dare: people do.

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courage*, discovery, exploration, imagination, individuality, leaping, risk*, vision*


‘Christopher Columbus:
Didn’t know where he was going.
Didn’t know where he was when he got there.
Didn’t know where he had been when he got back.
And did it all on borrowed capital.’

‘Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.’

Mary Kay Ash

‘Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.’

John Barton

‘Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.’

Cecil Beaton

‘The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.’

Dale Carnegie

‘This is not time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.’

Winston Churchill

‘Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’

T. S. Eliot

‘Dare to be naive.’

Richard Buckminster Fuller

‘Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten but they may start a winning game.’

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘What you must dare: is to be yourself.’

Dag Hammarskj÷ld

‘Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.’


‘He who would greatly deserve must greatly dare.’

Washington Irving

‘A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.’

Nikos Kazantzakis

‘Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.’

Helen Keller

‘Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.’

Robert Kennedy

‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and, crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’

Robert Kennedy

‘To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.’

S°ren Kierkegaard

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.’

Henry Miller

‘You can only become a winner if you are willing to walk over the edge.’

Ronald E. McNair

‘Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.’

Theodore Roosevelt

‘Dare to be wrong and to dream.’

Friederich von Schiller

‘No one reaches a high position without daring.’

Publilius Syrus

‘It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.’

Alvin Toffler

‘Fortune sides with him who dares.’


‘All serious daring starts from within.’

Eudora Welty



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