— Helen Keller, The Open Door
Context: Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. The Open Door (1957) This quotation is often contracted into: Security is mostly a superstition... Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. or paraphrased: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
— Helen Keller, The Open Door
„Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.“
— Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968
— Richie Sambora musician, songwriter 1959
„Security is a thing to be earned rather than bestowed. It should be the reward of adventure and effort.... So our education, if it is to inspire our youth to face life with courage and happiness, must concern itself with the ideals of duty and service rather than with securing an easy shelter from all risks.“
— Hugh Macmillan, Baron Macmillan British judge 1873 - 1952
„A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Authority and the Individual (1949)
„The secret of a joyful life is to live dangerously. A joyful life is an active life - it is not a dull static state of so-called happiness. Full of the burning fire of enthusiasm, anarchic, revolutionary, energetic, daemonic, Dionysian, filled to overflowing with the terrific urge to create - such is the life of the man who risks safety and happiness for the sake of growth and happiness.“
— Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941
quoting F. W. Sanderson, "The Joy of Living Dangerously: Sanderson of Oundle"
„Forgoing privacy in a quest for absolute safety is as harmful to a healthy psyche and life of an individual as it is to a healthy political culture. For the individual, safety first means a life of paralysis and fear, never entering a car or airplane, never engaging in an activity that entails risk, never weighing quality of life over quantity, and paying any price to avoid danger. [... ] A population, a country that venerates physical safety above all other values will ultimately give up it’s liberty and sanction any power seized by authority in exchange for the promise, no matter how illusory, of total security. However, absolute safety is itself chimeric, pursued but never obtained. The pursuit degrades those who engage in it as well as any nation that comes to be defined by it.“
— Glenn Greenwald American journalist, lawyer and writer 1967
Penguin Books 2015 edition, page 208.
„Love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure, and commitment offers one of the great luxuries of life: time. Marriage is not the end of romance, it is the beginning.“
— Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic
„Once the threshold is crossed when there is a self-sustaining level of life in space, then life's long-range future will be secure irrespective of any of the risks on Earth (with the single exception of the catastrophic destruction of space itself).“
— Martin J. Rees cosmologist, astrophysicist, Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College, President of the Royal Society 1942
Context: Once the threshold is crossed when there is a self-sustaining level of life in space, then life's long-range future will be secure irrespective of any of the risks on Earth (with the single exception of the catastrophic destruction of space itself). Will this happen before our technical civilisation disintegrates, leaving this as a might-have-been? Will the self-sustaining space communities be established before a catastrophe sets back the prospect of any such enterprise, perhaps foreclosing it for ever? We live at what could be a defining moment for the cosmos, not just for our Earth. Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning (2003) <!-- | date = 2003-03-18
— Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot