To laugh is to risk appearing a 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 the risk 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/She may avoid suffering and sorrow, but she/he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by his/her certitudes, she/he is a slave, he/she has forfeited her/his freedom.
Only a person who risks. is free.