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On Risk...


The the future is uncertain. Sorry. Creativity was never a certain science. And even when you’ve got your idea out on the table, you may be risking your neck, just by telling others about it. To create is to risk, so if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the creative kitchen.

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certainty, courage*, the future, unpredictability*, surprise


‘Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.’

Ray Bradbury

‘I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.’

Joyce Brothers

‘Revolutions are not made with rosewater.’

Edward Robert Bullwer-Lytton

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

T. S. Eliot

‘There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure—all your life.’

John W. Gardner

‘One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.’

John W. Gardner

‘There are one hundred men seeking security to one able man who is willing to risk his fortune.’

J. Paul Getty

‘Great deeds are usually wrought at great risk.’


Risk-taking is the essence of innovation.’

Herman Kahn

‘The trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.’

Erica Jong

‘We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act.’

Maxwell Maltz

‘Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.’

George S. Patton

‘If you ask me, taking on risk and being more daring is a real important part of creativity.’

Debbie Meier

‘Since I reached the conclusion that the essence of the creative person is being in love with what one is doing, I have had a growing awareness that this characteristic makes possible all the other personality characteristics of the creative person: independence of thought and judgment, honesty, perseverance, curiosity, willingness to take risks and the like.’

Paul Torrance

‘If no one ever took risks, Michaelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor.’

Neil Simon



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