To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk dying.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nohing, has nothing, and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow.
But he simply cannot learn, feel change, grow, love, and live.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.
He has forfeited freedon.
Only the person who risks is free.



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