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, 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 risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing has 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.