By Dr. Leo Buscaglia


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool,

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental,

To reach out to others is to risk getting involved,

To show your feeling is to risk exposing yourself,

To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their lost,

To love is to risk not being loved in returned,

To hope is to risk pain,

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken.

The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing does nothing and has nothing.

You may avoid suffering and sorrow,

But you simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live or love chained by your certitudes.

You’ll be a slave.

Only the person who risks is free.


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