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It is always sound business to take any obtainable net gain, at any cost and at any risk to the rest of the community. Thorstein Veblen
Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
In difficult and desperate cases, the boldest counsels are the safest. Livy
To save all we must risk all. Friedrich Schiller
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill
To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open. Lillian Smith
In crises the most daring course is often safest. Henry A. Kissinger
The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all. Jawaharlal Nehru
Although the Internet could be making all of us smarter, it makes many of us stupider, because it's not just a magnet for the curious. It's a sinkhole for the gullible. Frank Bruni
An average of more than one journalist a week has been killed for reasons connected to his or her work. Committee to Protect Journalists
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Wayne Gretzky
Law of Diminishing Returns: As the popularity of a candidate approaches zero, the probability that he or she will release a wildly bizarre video approaches 1. Alexandra Petri
To plagiarize an out of date Ph.D. thesis and to present it as an official report of the latest British intelligence information, surely it reveals a lack of awareness of the disastrous consequences of such a deception. This is not a trivial leak. It is a document on which is the basis of whether or not this country goes to war and whether or not young servicemen and servicewomen are to put their own lives at risk and indeed thousands, tens of thousands of innocent civilians. Tam Dalyell
... maybe we can all agree on one lesson from the Greek crisis, namely that, to maintain a friendship, you should lend only as much money as you are ready to give away anyway. Jochen Bittner
If Americans have to live with the danger of guns because of the 2nd Amendment, then they'll also have to live with the dangers of publications such as Inspire Magazine because of the 1st Amendment. David Rothkopf
Knowlege is of no real value if all you can tell me is what happened yesterday. It is necessary to tell what will happen tomorrow ... you must be willing to stick your neck out. Richard P. Feynman
Be first and be lonely. Ginni Rometty
I'm more afraid of some stupid accident. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
I am part of a political class that is paralyzed by the prospect of risk. Nicolas Sarkozy
The concept of insurance is not to share risk but to avoid risk. William Marshall Thomas
We don't want something for youth at risk, we want something for black youth at risk. Jean Augustine
We must take, and continue to take, morally hazardous actions to preserve our civilization. We must exercise our power. But we ought neither to believe that a nation is capable of perfect disinterestedness in its exercise nor become complacent about particular degrees of interest and passion which corrupt the justice by which the exercise of power is legitimized. Reinhold Niebuhr
They lose least who have least to lose. Rose Cecil O'Neill
Real science is a very risky activity; people can spend their whole life working on a theory that doesn’t work out. Tom Bethell
My mission was to save Rwanda. Their mission was to put on a show with no risk. Romeo Dallaire
Social change without music would be void of soul. Nonviolence without music, meditation, action, and a willingness to take risks probably doesn't exist. Joan Baez
The desire to build a risk-free society has always been a sign of decadence. It has meant that the nation has given up, that it no longer believes in its destiny, that it has ceased to aspire to greatness, and has retired from history to pet itself. Henry Fairlie
There is no elimination of all risks. Michael Griffin
We always take acceptable risks in our society. Timothy Naftali
This is what we do! Robert Higgins
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves. Edward R. Murrow
If you operate any kind of major diplomacy, you must run some risk. Henry A. Kissinger
Reach your ambition as high as the skies! Dream as high as the skies! Because if you fell, you will fall among the stars!! Sukarno
No risk that is preventable is acceptable. Rick Hind
You have to expect failure; not everything is going to work. Sid Caesar
As we grow richer, the ties that used to bind workers together in a risk-pooling welfare state (first locally, later nationally) have loosened. David Goodhart
Nations like individuals, when driven to choose between desperate courses, might at times be compelled to take the chance of destruction, often destroying themselves or suffering irreparable harm. Henry Adams
There is danger in this action. But there is greater danger in inaction. Tony Blair
For the sake of peace you have to accept risk. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Injecting new ideas into public debate is the supreme function of the newspaper columnist. Politicians and civil servants absolutely will not take the risk. Peter Brimelow
It is the normal and everyday activity of insurance companies to identify and segregate that part of the population which has the highest risk and either refuse to insure them at all or charge them a higher premium. Allen Buchanan
He that is down needs fear no fall. He that is low, no pride. John Bunyan
Politicians dare to fail publicly. James Carville
It is the part of the wise man ... not even to venture all his eggs in one basket. Miguel de Cervantes
Believe me, James, no one will murder me to make you king. Charles II
You don't achieve anything by playing it safe. Shirley Chisholm
If you want to do things – to change things – you must run the risk of not succeeding. Bill Clinton
I think that people are so insecure in their jobs, they're so uncertain that the people they work for really care about them, they're so uncertain about what their kids are looking at in the future, that people are reluctant to take any risks for change. Bill Clinton
Since ours is an economy based on growth through risk-taking, we should provide encouragement not only for saving but for prudent investment of those savings. Philip M. Crane
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. Bernadette Devlin; Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
Your petition is to deal in the limitation of the succession. At this present it is not convenient, nor never shall be without some peril unto you, and certain danger unto me. But as soon as there may be a convenient time and that it may be done with least peril unto you, although never without great danger unto me, I will deal therein for your safety and offer it unto you as your prince and head without requests. For it is monstrous that the feet should direct the head. Elizabeth I
All professional men are handicapped by not being allowed to ignore things which are useless. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Taking risk is good, and America is a country based on boldness and looking to the future. Daniel Goldin
One cannot always be right in our complex world; no dishonor attends an incorrect choice among plausible outcomes drawn from a properly constructed argument. Stephen Jay Gould
The downside risk for a President in international affairs is always greater than the upside gain. Jeff Greenfield
To achieve truly important things you have to be willing to put your personal reputation on the line … Leslie H. Gelb
Surging global trade creates new security risks that will require new global safeguards. Stephen E. Flynn
The thing the Pentagon should be seeking is success, not avoiding failure. Richard Holbrooke
The Director of the FBI is paid to take risks where the security of the country is at stake.... What Hoover is doing here is putting himself above the President. Tom Charles Huston
Use of this technique is clearly illegal: it amounts to burglary. It is also highly risky and could result in great embarrassment if exposed. However, it is also the most fruitful tool and can produce the kind of intelligence which cannot be obtained in any other fashion. Tom Charles Huston
I knew I took a risk, to confront people who were engaged in corrupt activities. Leslie Manigat
Let justice be done, though the heavens fall. Fiat justitia et ruant coeli. James Mansfield
Somebody has to try it. Tadeusz Mazowiecki
He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all. James Graham Montrose
It's been proven with consistency. The only way to win [municipal elections] is to walk. You have to like going out and pressing the flesh and placing yourself at risk. Ron Mullin
Both say to the other "I don't trust you and will not take any chances, but I ask you to trust me and take the chances which that involves. A. J. Muste
I would rather have a full term in the Senate—a place in which I would feel more consciously able to discharge the duties required, and where there is more chance to make a reputation, and less danger of losing it than four years of the presidency. Abraham Lincoln
It is impossible and incompatible with the dignity of the United States to have its senior official [President Nixon] and to have its Secretary of State under this sort of attack in the face of the dangers we confront and the risks that may have to be run and the opportunities that may have to be seized. Henry A. Kissinger
Perfect security means nobody’s there at all. Sheldon J. Kryss
Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. English Proverb or Saying
He who sups with the devil has need of a long spoon English Proverb or Saying
May as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb. English Proverb or Saying
Who never fell climbed high never low. English Proverb or Saying
If a man rent his field for tillage for a fixed rental, and receive the rent of his field, but bad weather come and destroy the harvest, the injury falls upon the tiller of the soil. Hammurabi
If smallpox were a threat just to individuals, then it could be left up to individuals to decide whether or not they want to protect themselves. Charles Krauthammer
Our world has sprouted a weird concept of security and a warped sense of morality. Weapons are sheltered like treasures and children are exposed to incineration Bertrand Russell
The warnings of the last 4 years have been ignored. As a result, every single alternative before us is accompanied by grave risks. Madeleine Albright
I’m in politics to speak up for a Canada that takes risks, that stands up for what’s right. A Canada that leads. Michael Ignatieff
I asked myself … what could I do to help end the war if I were willing to go to prison? Now it wasn't at all clear that putting out the Pentagon Papers, which I thought would send me to prison, would be one of the better things I could do. It was history. It didn't prove what Nixon was about to do; it only suggested that he might do the same as all these other presidents. Daniel Ellsberg
The entrepreneurial spirit is the hallmark of the American economic system Manmohan Singh
He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount. Chinese Proverb
We Coloreds have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us Colored People and we demand that it stop Mark Williams
There are not many people in politics who ever want to get close to the heat. Braxton Bragg
If you want to avoid all risks, soon you will have no risks to worry about. Josef Ackermann
If you spend most of your effort preventing bad things from happening you will also prevent many good things from happening. Philip L. Weiser
Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birthright to be a person. And to retain this right, you will have to be willing to take the social or external risks involved in ignoring pressures to do things the way others say they should be done A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
I have always considered the price of perfection prohibitive and allowed mistakes as a part of the learning process. I prefer a dash of daring and persistence to perfection. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Killing every insurgent is normally impossible … Force must be used with incredible restraint and discrimination and … risks generating popular resentment, creating martyrs that motivated new recruits, and producing cycles of violence. Colin H. Kahl
Well, what the hell is the Presidency for? Lyndon B. Johnson
Latin Americans hold on tight even to pain and suffering preferring a certain present to an uncertain future/ Oscar Arias
I am always in front, and in time of battle am never behind. Genghis Khan
We have the young people, we have the talent, we have the imagination, we have the technology. But I don't believe we have the leadership and the willingness to accept risk, to achieve great goals. I believe we need a long-term national commitment to explore the universe. And I believe this is an essential investment in the future of our nation — and our beautiful, but environmentally challenged planet… Eugene F. Kranz
Survival is not the only goal of a great leader. Alan Dershowitz
The Commission concludes that, as massive losses spread throughout the financial system …, many institutions failed, or would have failed but for government bailouts. As panic gripped the market, credit markets seized up, trading ground to a halt, and the stock market plunged. Lack of transparency contributed greatly to the crisis: the exposures of financial institutions to risky mortgage assets and other potential losses were unknown to market participants, and indeed many firms did not know their own exposures. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
The Commission concludes that the banking supervisors failed to adequately and proactively identify and police the weaknesses of the banks and thrifts or their poor corporate governance and risk management, often maintaining satisfactory ratings on institutions until just before their collapse. This failure was caused by many factors, including beliefs that regulation was unduly burdensome, that financial institutions were capable of self-regulation, and that regulators should not interfere with activities reported as profitable. Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
If I win - I win for all our people, if I lose - I lose only myself. Vasil Levski
People who look for easy money invariably pay for the privilege of proving conclusively that it cannot be found on this sordid earth. Edwin Lefevre
Success will be accepted in due course. Whereas should we fail, this will be regarded as the mad venture of a fool. William Tecumseh Sherman
Leadership involves risk-taking. Alexis Herman
Most politicians will not stick their necks out unless they sense grass-roots support ... neither you nor I should expect someone else to take our responsibility. Katharine Hepburn
We drew to a pair of deuces and filled. Warren G. Harding
The decisive moment in a man’s life is when he decides to confront death. Che Guevara
I am ... one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes. Che Guevara
We respond to the unknown by trying to retreat from it, or trying to comprehend it, or trying to control it. The first approach is evident in longings for return to a simpler "risk-free" life that never was. The second is reflected in the fantasy of synoptic risk assessment: Measure the requisite probabilities and trade-offs, calculate the social risk-benefit function, and the common good will have been defined. The third approach is in the tradition of professional engineering. It serves us well but, as engineers have been among the first to point out, has met its match and more in the complex social problems it increasingly is called upon to address. William C. Clark
Efforts to approach zero risk through exhaustive pre-release testing are extremely expensive and time-consuming. New drugs are delayed in reaching those who need them, and marginal drugs may not be developed at all. William C. Clark
What is not a risk with a parts-per-billion test can always be exposed to a parts-per-trillion examination. If rats cope with .the heaviest dose of a chemical that can be soaked into their food and water, you can always gavage them. Or try mice or rabbits. Again, the only stopping rule is discovery of the sought-for effect, or exhaustion of the investigator (or his funds). Many of the risk assessment procedures used today are logically indistinguishable from those used by the Inquisition. William C. Clark
Socially relevant risk is not uncertainty of outcome, or violence of event, or toxicity of substance, or anything of the sort. Rather, it is perceived inability to cope satisfactorily with the world around us. William C. Clark
Never did I charge into battle with the hope of returning safe. This is the way of my ancestors, The roots beget the stems/ Muhammad Ibn Abbad Al Mutamid
We tend to ignore the high probability of small gains or losses and focus on big payoffs or disaster despite remote odds. Benjamin H. Friedman
Defending yesterday … is far more risky than making tomorrow. Peter Drucker
The number of people that put their lives at risk, just totally overwhelmed the evil of the act. Rudolph W. Giuliani
I am a politician and must gamble with the future. Kwame Nkrumah
We should willingly take risks in supporting new projects. The tendency is to play it safe when funding is low, but we need to remember that the greatest risks have the greatest payoffs. Jerome Isaac Friedman
There are some men to whom party success is so important that they seem willing to endanger this country. Eleanor Roosevelt
He too, liked his party, and was fond of loyal men; but he had learned at last that all loyalty must be built on a basis of self-advantage. Patriotism may exist without it, but …loyalty in politics was simply devotion to the side which a man conceives to be his side, and which he cannot leave without danger to himself. Anthony Trollope
In the United States a man builds a house to spend his latter years in it and he sells it before the roof is on. He plants a garden and lets [rents] it just as the trees are coming into bearing. He brings a field into tillage and leaves other men to gather the crops. He embraces a profession and gives it up. He settles in a place which he soon afterward leaves to carry his changeable longings elsewhere. If his private affairs leave him any leisure he instantly plunges into the vortex of politics and if at the end of a year of unremitting labour he finds he has a few days' vacation, his eager curiosity whirls him over the vast extent of the United States, and he will travel fifteen hundred miles in a few days to shake off his happiness. Alexis de Tocqueville
Hope leads men to venture; and no one ever yet put himself in peril without the inward conviction that he would succeed in his design Thucydides
He who voluntarily confronts tremendous odds must have very great internal resources to draw upon Thucydides
Much of the research into humans' risk-avoidance machinery shows that it is antiquated and unfit for the modern world; it is made to counter repeatable attacks and learn from specifics. If someone narrowly escapes being eaten by a tiger in a certain cave, then he learns to avoid that cave. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
We should reward people, not ridicule them, for thinking the impossible. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
It does not matter how frequently something succeeds if failure is too costly to bear. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Rank beliefs not according to their plausibility but by the harm they may cause. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
One minute can decide the outcome of the battle, one hour - the outcome of the campaign, and one day - the fate of the country. Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov
Independence can only be obtained and secured by a nation that has its spirit raging with determination: Independence or Death! Sukarno
You must risk to win. Andrew Jackson
Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive, that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror. Herbert Spencer
The trade of insurance gives great security to the fortunes of private people, and by dividing among a great many that loss which would ruin an individual, makes it fall light and easy upon the whole society. Adam Smith
Though the principles of the banking trade may appear somewhat abstruse, the practice is capable of being reduced to strict rules. To depart upon any occasion from these rules, in consequence of some flattering speculation of extraordinary gain, is almost always extremely dangerous, and frequently fatal to the banking company which attempts it. Adam Smith
More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk. Bruce Schneier
There is always something to upset the most careful of human calculations. Ihara Saikaku
Risks, I like to say, always pay off. You learn what to do, or what not to do. Jonas Salk
Obviously I would hope that women would be discouraged from having abortions if they know that there's an increased risk, but clearly if we care about women we should want them to know about this elevated risk. What's the damage of women being told some people think there's a link between abortion and breast cancer? What does that hurt? ... All I've said is that studies show that there is a statistical link between abortion and breast cancer, an increased risk, and women before they have an abortion should be told. William T. Sali
Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on. George W. Bush
The costs of failure are infinitely greater than the price of victory. John McCain
More people have been hit by lightening than who have contracted anthrax. Let’s just settle down. John McCain
If we consider games of chance immoral, then every pursuit of human industry is immoral; for there is not a single one that is not subject to chance, not one wherein you do not risk a loss for the chance of some gain... In all these pursuits, you take some one thing against another which you hope to win... These, then, are games of chance. Yet so far from being immoral, they are indispensable to the existence of man, and every one has a natural right to choose for his pursuit such one of them as he thinks most likely to furnish him subsistence. Thomas Jefferson
It is my deep, solemn and deliberate conviction that this [abolition] is a cause worth dying for. Angelina Grimke
… a number of us had formed an organization for mutual protection against slaveholders and kidnappers, and had resolved to prevent any of our brethren being taken back into slavery, at the risk of our own lives…. Kidnapping was so common … that we were kept in constant fear. William Parker
Government cannot create a world without risks, nor would we really wish to live in such a fictional place. Only a totalitarian society would even claim absolute safety as a worthy ideal, because it would require total state control over its citizens’ lives. Liberty has meaning only if we still believe in it when terrible things happen and a false government security blanket beckons. Ronald E. Paul
The innovator, however, must in the first place be discontented, he must doubt the value of what he is doing or question the accepted ways of doing it. And secondly, he must be prepared to take fresh paths, to venture into fields where he is by no means expert. This is true, at least, of major forms of innovation; they make it possible for other men to be expert, but are not themselves forms of expertise John Passmore
Do what is beyond your strength even should you fail sometimes. Charles Stewart Parnell
There’s no such exception. With modern science and technology, you can’t find one instance… Absolutely. Joe Walsh
In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured everywhere. Jimmy Carter
To me, the democratic system represents man's best and brightest hope of self-fulfillment, of a life rich in promise and free from fear; the one hope, perhaps, for the complete development of the whole man. But I know, and learn more clearly every day, that we cannot keep our system strong and free by neglect, by taking it for granted, by giving it our second-best attention. We must be prepared, like the suitor in The Merchant of Venice - and, I might point out, the successful suitor - to give and hazard all we have. Eleanor Roosevelt
Soldiering … is the coward's art of attacking mercilessly when you are strong, and keeping out of harm's way when you are weak. That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms George Bernard Shaw
The fact that the Banker is allowed to extend credit several times his own capital base and that the Banking Cartels, the Central Banks, are licensed to issue fresh paper money in exchange for treasury paper, have provided them with free lunch for eternity. Thanks to the stupidity and corruption of the legislators. And thanks to the great pundits and journalists, that never understood the crux of fiat money and thus never managed to explain the blatant, ongoing legalized robbery of the people by means of the financial fiat system! Hans Schicht
Leadership is the willingness to put oneself at risk…. Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations…. Leadership is evoking in others the capacity to dream. John C. Maxwell
Our best chance of success is a policy of sustained reprisal against North Vietnam. We believe the risks of such a policy are real but acceptable. Measured against the cost of defeat, this program seems cheap. McGeorge Bundy
… at least as brave as the whites and more adventuresome Thomas Jefferson
The real danger of the Cotton dynasty lies not in the hostility of the North, but in the exigencies of the market abroad;. Charles Francis Adams II
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life. Theodore Roosevelt
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We must know what we think and speak out, even at the risk of unpopularity. Eleanor Roosevelt
The financial system is drifting back to business as usual a bit to quickly …. We are starting to see risky behavior of the sort that people were scared of after the crises Alan S. Blinder
Farming is not for the feint of heart. It is fraught with the possibility of failure. Brian Williams
If the large banks can do this without breaking the rules, then the rules should be revamped. Carl Levin
I view current US nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous, creating unacceptable risks to other nations and to our own" Robert McNamara
For a soldier I enlisted, to grow great in fame. And be shot at for sixpence a day. Charles Dibdin
Political leaders will never take risks unless the people push them to take risks. Barack Obama
The risk taking profile is very different for a woman than that of a man. Christine Lagarde
Guns are not a defense. Guns are a risk. Gustavo Petro
Physicians would have to inform pregnant women of the risks of childbirth and motherhood. They would have to note that childbirth, compared to abortion is 14 times more likely to result in maternal death and is more often associated with depression and other forms of mental illness, They would have to emphasize that working women in the United States can expect their wages to drop 9 to 16 percent for each child, and that having a child makes it significantly more likely that an unmarried woman will ever marry. R. Alta Charo
Domestic and international law do not look kindly upon the assassination of a ruler, and it is not likely to be an option openly entertained by any diplomatic institutions. But that is at least partly because law and policy are created by political leaders, who rarely warm to ideas that might place them in the line of fire. Feisal G. Mohamed
Burke ever held, and held rightly, that it can seldom be right . . . to sacrifice a present benefit for a doubtful advantage in the future. . . . It is therefore the happiness of our own contemporaries that is our main concern John Maynard Keynes
If individuals have no sufficient reason to believe that a good situation today will have adverse long-term consequences, it must always be rational for them to aim to maximize their short-term good. John Maynard Keynes
The more we do to avoid risk and protect our members from tough votes, the more ineffective and polarized the institution becomes John Boehner
If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Haven’t we learned that when you go to war, the outcome is unpredictable. Robert M. Gates
In the unlikely event of the wound being mortal, I want to die with my boots on. Theodore Roosevelt
Banks always want their capital requirements to be as low as possible, so they can take more risks, which can enable them to make more money – and reap bigger bonuses for executives. Joe Nocera
Why did we do the bailouts? It was all about the bondholders. They [the Treasury Department officials] did not want to impose losses on bondholders and we did. We kept saying, “There is no insurance premium on bondholders”… For the little guy on Main Street who has bank deposits, we charge the banks a premium for that, and it gets passed on to the customers. We don’t have the same thing for bondholders. They’re supposed to take losses. Sheila Bair
Female masturbation is more risky than male masturbation…. a woman might be accused of fornication. She will bring disgrace upon herself and her family. This will be a disaster, and some relatives might kill her. Some people do not stop at the boundaries of religious law. Driven by jealousy and rage, they might commit a crime and kill the girl. Obviously, killing her is forbidden and is a grave sin. Even if she did fornicate, she does not deserve to be killed. At most, she should be flogged, if she confesses four times, or if there were witnesses Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Don’t ignore planning for unlikely events. Over long periods of time the highly improbable gets more probable to occur at least once. Lewis D. Eigen
With science, technology and globalization, man is changing the world faster than his evolution can keep up with the new dangers. Lewis D. Eigen
Most important downside risks to the economy are political Jose Manuel Barroso
What we need as much as money is consensus about how we live [with fire] in that countryside [prone to forest fires] or at least agreement about how to decide…. More than 72,000 communities are at risk and only 20% have a plan for protection. Stephen J. Pyne
They have under invested in fire for so long that the catch up costs seem staggering. The traditional inclination is to rely on emergency interventions rather than systemic reforms. Stephen J. Pyne
We have to be willing to give our lives to put an end to segregation. If we do, then segregation will end even if we die. Andrew Young
The only people who aren’t criticized are those who do nothing, and I would hate to see the agency [CIA] get in that state. Hubert Humphrey
Kill As Many Of Us As You Want. We Are Not Going To Die Muslim Brotherhood
I’d be hard pressed to say that any woman who serves in Afghanistan today or who’s served in Iraq over the last few years did so without facing the same risks as their male counterparts. Michael Glenn Mullen
The downsides of fossil fuels, notably their geopolitical and environmental risks, are not fully reflected in their market prices. Jeffrey Bell
Women have long found themselves grieving for the dead and caring for the wounded during and after war, but … as more and more women become war fighters themselves, they too face danger and see horrors, often with the added burden if sexual harassment and worse at the hands of their fellow warriors—burdens aggravated by official indifference. Lawrence David Freedman
Reducing future risks requires paying some immediate costs. Richard K. Betts
There is no sure solution to some dangers. Richard K. Betts
The Optimism Bias: This is why our warnings on cigarette packages go unheeded. Yes smoking kills 6 million people per year. Smokers believe that it will kill the other guy. Morgan Freeman
There is a tendency to overestimate the positive things in our lives and underestimate the possibility of negative things Tali Sharot
When the President is a moralist, he needs a process that will make up for the natural shortcomings of such a style—an inattention to second-step thinking, an allergy to detail, a tendency not to see the point of having dissenters, a habit of allowing certainty to override considerations of risk. It is the National Security Advisor’s responsibility to fill a President’s strategic gaps, not to exacerbate them. Michael F. Mazarr
Far from being an empty gesture, appointing a commission is full of risks. Presidents may appoint such bodies but they cannot control them. Jordan Tama
More than any other people on Earth, we bear burdens and accept risks unprecedented in their size and their duration, not for ourselves alone but for all who wish to be free. John F. Kennedy
I am used to playing with fire. Somebody has to do it. Sima Samar
Everyone failed to appreciate that our sophisticated, hypermodern, highly hedged, derivative-based financial system—how ultimately fragile it really was. Ben Bernanke
Not every change will work out and your critics will focus mercilessly on those that don’t. Joel I. Klein
What I learned with tech companies is I gotta give people room to experiment, and also what might later on be a mistake. Edwin M. Lee
It seems a waste, to me, for the sake of getting more colorful news, to send these men, who are not in any way concerned with the war [Spanish Civil War] which is going on and the principles at stake, into such positions of danger. Three men, two Americans and an Englishman, have died, and with apparent pride a formal announcement is made to the effect that we should realize what dangers correspondents go through to give us the news. To be sure, these men, not only go willingly, but often are anxious for the assignment. Personally, I would prefer to have those three men alive and a little less accurate and colorful news, and I am quite sure the majority of the people in the United States feel the same way. If men must die, let it be for their own convictions, not because they are sent out so we may read or see something more startling in our newspapers and newsreels. Eleanor Roosevelt
Our whole way of life is dedicated to the removal of risk. Cradle to grave we are supported, insulated, and isolated from the risks of life—and if we fall, our government stands ready with Bandaids of every size. Shirley Temple
A real man should die in front of the ranks, not hide behind a wall! Yuan Shao
In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail. Cassius Longinus
While a guy at home is sweating over his income tax and Victory garden, a dogface somewhere is getting great joy out of wiggling his little finger. He does it just to see it move and to prove to himself that he is still alive and able to move it. Bill Mauldin
We just went through the biggest housing bubble in history and now housing prices are starting to go up again. I don’t know what to make of that. Robert J. Shiller
In a totalitarian system the de facto number 2 man is an unenviable position…. Often times the life of the number 2 man is short and precarious. Sung Yoon Lee
One good quality in European peoples is their willingness to take risks. This is the chief source of their success …. Another of their good qualities is perseverance and … hard work. Ali Khamenei
… the very convenience of drone warfare risks dragging the United States into conflicts it could otherwise avoid. Daniel Byman
Scientists and security experts will never come to a consensus about the risks of dual-use research in synthetic biology.. Laurie Garrett
Austerity [in the Defense Department] meant that risks had to be managed, not eliminated. Melvyn P. Leffler
Financial firms believed that if a crisis developed, the insatiable demand for exotic [financial] products would dissipate only slowly. They were mistaken. Alan Greenspan
I’d rather risk being a terrorists victim than live under a surveillance state. William T. Vollmann
High office—whether elected, appointed, or simply taken—comes with power. But that is not a sufficient precondition for success. Among the world’s hundreds …, only a few really stand out for the risks that they have taken and the changes they have made Foreign Policy Magazine
I don’t care about risk, honestly. The riskiest thing to do is not to act. I would far rather try and fail than fail not trying. John Kerry
Government is averse to taking risk. Innovation and digital technology is all about risk taking. Clay Johnson
If you’re going to be involved with espionage, you’ve got to be motivated. It’s not fun and games. It’s dirty and dangerous. There’s always the chance that you’re going to get burned. Richard Helms
In World War Two, in the OSS, we knew what our motivation was: to beat the goddamn Nazis. In the Cold War, we knew what our motivation was: to beat the Goddamn Russians. Suddenly the Cold War is over, and what is the motivation? What would compel someone to spend their lives doing this kind of thing? Richard Helms
Nearly one third of Japan would have had to evacuate from their communities…. I came to believe that we should halt further operations of nuclear energy that entail such huge risks…. Japan can supply its energy needs without nuclear power Naoto Kan
We must create a new culture to improve [nuclear] safety. After making sure that it is safe, we must restart nuclear energy. Shinzo Abe
Everyone here wants to drag me into your particular projects. I’ve always supported what you wanted to do, even when I disagreed. You wanted to go raise hell—but they were going to blame me. You have all these brilliant ideas. But I’m the one that’s going to get killed. Martin Luther King Jr.
Over there, in the East [Eastern Europe & Russia] they would … like to see us build socialism as they like it. But over here, in the West, some people don’t even want to let us start building it, even if we do so respecting freedom. I realize that this is a little risky on our part to pursue a road that is not always appreciated either over here or over there. Enrico Berlinguer
We could have prevented the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon if we had 20,000 troops shoulder to shoulder. Angus King
When you’re highly leveraged, everything is exaggerated. Good times are better—but bad times are much worse. Lee Iacocca
Well, what the hell is the presidency for? Lyndon B. Johnson
The lesson of the past 100 years is that as the United States grows wealthier, Americans become willing to spend more to insure risk and enhance fairness. Advances in social policy come only intermittently but they do come. And when they come, they usually last. Lane Kenworthy
Banks are employing risky derivatives strategies to goose up returns….the interbank market could freeze up, and one could well have a full blown financial crisis. Raghuram Rajan
I have 13 bankers in my office, and they say that if you go forward with this you will cause the worst financial crisis since World War II. Lawrence Summers
The Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) is like the neutron bomb. It’s going to kill all the people but leave the house standing George McCarthy
Unregulated derivatives like credit default swaps threaten our regulated markets, or indeed our economy without any Federal agency knowing about it. Brooksley Born
Give up security as an ideal. Anyone who promises security is misbranding his political, social, and economic goods ... If you insist on being cheated, buy gold bricks or perpetual motion machines. It is now clear that if you live at all, you will live dangerously, not only during the instant crisis but for all our lives Henry Merritt Wriston
Since 1840 the United States has had 12 systemic banking crises and Canada has had none …. It all has to do with politics. Liaquat Ahamed
Global banking’s current structure generates an unjust distribution of risks, where losses are socialized. Felix Martin
If you are going to solve America’s problem, you have to go against your best political judgment. Tom Coburn
… a pin lies in wait for every bubble. And when the two eventually meet, a new wave of investors learns some very old lessons.. Warren Buffett
What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later you're going to get bitten... Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes. My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day Rob Ford
A world in which advanced military robots are easily available is a world filled with an increasing numbers of modern militaries—a world that may face a higher risk if arms races and conflicts. Michael C. Horowitz
American investors [abroad] receive an interest return higher by at least 2 percent on the average than they would receive from similar government or industrial investment within the United States …. It is obvious that they are taking a correspondingly greater risk. A considerable portion of this investment is in areas (as in parts of Latin-America) where political unrest is chronic and where legislation changes rapidly, or in areas in which there is a serious possibility of war or bankruptcy. Herbert Feis
Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and weekends. They don’t mind working overtime or outdoors. Will Infantine
Was there really any chance that an atomic bomb would trigger the explosion of the nitrogen in the atmosphere or the hydrogen in the ocean? J. Robert Oppenheimer
It is common talk that every individual is entitled to economic security. The only animals and birds I know that have economic security are those that have been domesticated--and the economic security they have is controlled by the barbed-wire fence, the butcher's knife and the desire of others. They are milked, skinned, egged or eaten up by their protectors. Ray Lyman Wilbur
And I honor the man who is willing to sink Half his present repute for the freedom to think, And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak, Will risk t'other half for the freedom to speak. James Russell Lowell
Having a firearm in your home, not only doesn’t protect you, but it puts you at 300 percent more risk that someone in your family will be killed in a homicide and 500 percent more likely that someone in your family will be killed by suicide…. The NRA didn’t like the fact that the research, very legitimate, high quality research, showed that having a gun in your home put’s you at more risk and it doesn’t protect you. Mark Rosenberg
You’ve got to put your life on the line to show that you are part of the struggle. Nadine Gordimer
Those responsible are turning schools into military targets and endangering the lives of the children. Ban Ki-moon
The expert is out to point out all the difficulties and dangers. W. Averell Harriman
Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Hermann Goering
What public men, whether in or out of office, must avoid, is the making of predictions. This is what is called, in their own language, " committing themselves," and is never done without the greatest caution and necessity; and, therefore, whenever public men choose to put themselves at issue with the ministers, and hazard predictions, they become from that moment entitled to the praise of superior wisdom or not, just as their expectations are or are not verified by the event. William Smyth
Anyone who has ever negotiated an agreement knows that in order to get it, you have to be willing to walk away from the table.. Robert M. Gates
The risks brought about by climate change are a major concern. It goes without notice—unless people find out that 12 of the last 13 biggest climatic disorders have occurred in the last 10 years. Christine Lagarde
Banking should be boring.. Elizabeth Warren
Constitutions are tools for managing risks. Adrian Vermeule
We’re in a globalized world and the risk [of epidemics] is shared.. Laurie Garrett
I do not see why I should be called upon to run the risk of absolute disaster in order a second time around to save them [the French army]. John Denton Pinkstone French
Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited for contagions of hysteria and overreaction. David Brooks
Of the first 40 pilots to fly for the U. S. Air Mail Service ... 31 died in crashes. A. J. Baime
This question [torture] is not about our enemies; it is about us. We need not risk our national honor to prevail in any war. John McCain
Entrepreneurs … benefit greatly from being willing to fail, willing to experiment. Good entrepreneurs tend to be stubborn on the vision but flexible on the details. They’re persistent on what they’re trying to accomplish, but they are willing to rewrite the details as needed as they learn and as things fail. Jeff Bezos
One cannot advance without mistakes... It is necessary to make mistakes. The party cannot be educated without learning from mistakes. This has great significance. Mao Zedong
Vessels large may venture more, But little boats should keep near shore. Benjamin Franklin
The counterterrorism strategy known as CONTEST aimed to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. David Omand
There’s nothing like doing things with OPM—Other People’s Money. It takes the risk out of it. Donald Trump
One of the most important causes of economic crises is “running liabilities”, or short term debt that the government does not insure. The U. S. financial sector holds trillions of dollars of such debt, including uninsured bank deposits and the short-term liabilities of other financial institutions, such as overnight loans…. Amongst the potential causes of the next crisis, the massive amount of short-term debt ranks as the most probable. Robert E. Litan
Don’t taunt the alligator until after you have crossed the creek. American Proverb
Leaders must go ahead even when moving ahead is controversial. You must be ahead of time, because if you want to represent the status quo, what do you need leaders for? Shimon Peres
When Thurgood Marshall went to a Southern town to try a case, he didn't know whether he would be alive at the end of the day. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
People must accept that their governments cannot guarantee absolute safety. A measure of insecurity is the price of liberty and democracy. It’s a price worth paying. Anne-Marie Slaughter
Open societies, open governments, and an open international system are risky propositions. But they are humankind’s best hope for harnessing the power not only of states, but also of businesses, universities, civic organizations, and citizens to address the planetary problems that now touch us all. Anne-Marie Slaughter
If I do bad, shoot me. Rodrigo Duterte
I want to work hard toward my goal that there will be zero nuclear power generation. Junichiro Koizumi
There is nothing more costly than nuclear power. Junichiro Koizumi
People have to carry on with their lives, so only so much direct action can take place. Anti-nuclear activism may look dormant from appearances, but it’s there, like magma. It’s still brewing, and the next trigger might be another big protest or political change, Koichi Nakano
Donald Trump's executive order suspending the entry of Syrian refugees and of anyone from seven Muslim countries is filled with requests for reports and information. The Department of Homeland Security, the State Department are asked to provide information on the numbers of foreign terrorists and then to issue progress reports on the policy with more data within one and three months. So let me save the government some money and offer the data right now. Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank, has tallied the number of Americans killed by citizens of the seven countries banned from 1975 to 2015. They are as followed. From Iraq, zero. From Iran, zero. From Syria, zero. From Yemen, zero. From Libya, zero. From Somalia, zero. And from Sudan, you guessed it, zero. Incidentally that number from Saudi Arabia is 2,369. From the UAE it's 314. From Egypt it's 162, according to Cato. Why certain countries are on or off this list is truly mysterious. Some newspapers have noted correctly that none of the Muslim majority countries that have a Trump hotel, building or office are on the list. More broadly, Cato's Nowrasteh points out, that including 9/11, the chance of an American being killed by foreign terrorists on U.S. soil over that 41-year period is 1 in 3.6 million per year. Be killed by a refugee, your chances are 1 in 3.64 billion per year. So there's really no rational basis for this policy. What explains it then? I suppose what's explained so much of Donald Trump's political career, the exploitation of fear. From the birther campaign to the talk of Mexican rapist, Trump has always trafficked in fear-mongering Fareed Zakaria
In any country,,, only a small portion of the income eenws in any year is a result of individual work effort, ingenuioty and risk taking. Teh rest is explained by the natural resources with which that country is endowed, the physicalk infrastructure, the collective know-how of fellow citizens , the quality of public and private institutions and teh degree of trust that greases the wheels of commerve, politics and every day life. Stephen Pearlstein
Both a societal infrastructure and the talent of ab individuals or individuals are necessary and dufficient conditions for success in a modern democracy. Lewis D. Eigen
Reform [of college fraternaties] is not possible because the old-line, historically white social fraternities have been synonymous with risk-taking and defiance from their very inception. They are a brotherhood born in mutiny and forged in the fire of rebellion. These fraternities have drink, danger and debauchery in their blood — right alongside secrecy and self-protection. They cannot reform. To capitulate to the reasonable demands of outsiders would be to fundamentally change their culture, their role on campus, their very reason for existing. Avoiding risk and obeying common sense safety guidelines would undermine their fundamental character, the specific nature of their identity that is most vital to who they are. Becoming kinder, safer places would do such violence to their legacy that it would mean altering their organizations beyond recognition. Lisa Wade
Every technology that can improve the human condition could harm the human condition. Someone evil could program a robot to hurt people. Andrew W. Moore
I challenge you [other men] to see if you can use the same qualities that you feel make you a man to go deeper into yourself. Your strength, your bravery, your toughness: Can we redefine what those mean and use them to explore our hearts? Are you brave enough to be vulnerable? To reach out to another man when you need help? To dive headfirst into your shame? Are you strong enough to be sensitive, to cry whether you are hurting or you're happy, even if it makes you look weak? Are you confident enough to listen to the women in your life? To hear their ideas and their solutions? To hold their anguish and actually believe them, even if what they're saying is against you? And will you be man enough to stand up to other men when you hear "locker room talk," when you hear stories of sexual harassment? When you hear your boys talking about grabbing ass or getting her drunk, will you actually stand up and do something so that one day we don't have to live in a world where a woman has to risk everything and come forward to say the words "me too?" Justin Baldoni