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The risk of a wrong decision is preferable
to the terror of indecision.
- Maimonides

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You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
- Maimonides

No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
- Maimonides

Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals
go free than let one innocent man be executed.
The Innocence Project represents that point of view.
- Norman Lamm

 

Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know,'
and thou shalt progress.
- Maimonides

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books,
for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not
hesitate to do the same with his pen.
- Maimonides

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Maimonides

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He, however, who begins with Metaphysics,
will not only become confused in matters of religion,
but will fall into complete infidelity.
- Maimonides

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.
- Maimonides

You must consider, when reading this treatise,
that mental perception, because connected with matter,
is subject to conditions similar to those to which
physical perception is subject.
- Maimonides

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment,
depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible.
- Maimonides

The whole object of the Prophets and the Sages was
to declare that a limit is set to human reason where it must halt.
- Maimonides

The same is the case with those opinions of man to
which he has been accustomed from his youth;
he likes them,
defends them, and shuns the opposite views.
- Maimonides

Be convinced that, if man were able to reach the end
without preparatory studies,
such studies would not be preparatory but tiresome and utterly superfluous.
- Maimonides

How individuals of the same species surpass each other
in these sensations and in other bodily faculties is universally known,
but there is a limit to them, and their power cannot
extend to every distance or to every degree.
- Maimonides

It is thus necessary to examine all things according to their essence,
to infer from every species such true and well established
propositions as may assist us in the solution of metaphysical problems.
- Maimonides

If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers,
he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend
even that which had been within the power of his apprehension.
For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect.
- Maimonides

Further, there are things of which the mind understands one part,
but remains ignorant of the other; and when man is
able to comprehend certain things,
it does not follow that he must be able to comprehend everything.
- Maimonides

While one man can discover a certain thing by himself,
another is never able to understand it,
even if taught by means of all possible expressions and metaphors,
and during a long period; his mind can in no way grasp it,
his capacity is insufficient for it.
- Maimonides

Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency
of our understanding and of its limited extent is an
assertion founded only on the Bible:
for philosophers likewise assert the same,
and perfectly understand it,- without having regard
to any religion or opinion.
- Maimonides

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection,
must therefore first study Logic, next the various
branches of Mathematics in their proper order,
then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.
- Maimonides

All this is applicable to the intellectual faculties of man.
There is a considerable difference between one person
and another as regards these faculties,
as is well known to philosophers.
- Maimonides

Now, we occupy a lowly position, both in space and
rank in comparison with the heavenly sphere,
and the Almighty is Most High not in space,
but with respect to absolute existence,
greatness and power.
- Maimonides

You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics,
if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between
the world and Providence as it is in reality,
and not according to imagination.
- Maimonides

One should see the world, and see himself as a scale
with an equal balance of good and evil.
When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good -
he and the world is saved.
When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad -
he and the world is destroyed.
- Maimonides

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Friendship must dare to risk, or it's not friendship.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation

Recovery begins with embracing our pain
and taking the risk to share it with others.
We do this by joining a group
and talking about our pain.
- John Bradshaw

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Children are curious and are risk takers.
They have lots of courage.
They venture out into a world
that is immense and dangerous.
A child initially trusts life
and the processes of life.
- John Bradshaw

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Whales only get harpooned when they come to the surface,
and turtles can only move forward when they stick their neck out,
but investors face risk no matter what they do.
- Charles A. Jaffe

One can not love without opening oneself,
and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering.
One does not have control.
- Isabelle Adjani

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able
man who is willing to risk his fortune.
- J. Paul Getty

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To walk across the street is a risk.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it,
to be willing to risk your life for it,
is the ultimate tragedy.
- Leonardo DiCaprio

I know if I don't tour people will forget the record
and you run a high risk of the record failing.
- Daniel Johns

You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger
future than the present you are living.
- Fernando Flores

I really do believe that if you don't challenge yourself and risk failing,
that it's not interesting.
- Julie Taymor

Scissors, screwdrivers and the like pose an unacceptable
risk to flight crews as well passengers.
- Dave Reichert

Tragically, the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged
Youth reported that one-quarter of our young people
are at serious risk of not achieving productive adulthood.
- Ruben Hinojosa

At the risk of sounding hopelessly romantic,
love is the key element.
I really love to play with different musicians who
come from different cultural backgrounds.
- John McLaughlin

Everyone has a 'risk muscle.' You keep it in shape by trying new things.
If you don't, it atrophies.
Make a point of using it at least once a day.
- Roger von Oech

Risk!
Risk anything!
Care no more for the opinions of others,
for those voices.
Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself.
Face the truth.
- Katherine Mansfield

After all, every murderer when he kills runs the risk
of the most dreadful of deaths,
whereas those who kill him risk nothing except promotion.
- Albert Camus

If it was really successful, it was a life calling,
a career I was excited about doing, so I didn't think
the overall risk was anywhere near as high as what the reward was.
- John Hickenlooper

One of my biggest problems this season was with the
clutch at the start of the race.
I hate to risk the car.
- Alain Prost

I have come to believe over and over again that what
is most important to me must be spoken,
made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having
it bruised or misunderstood.
- Audre Lorde

Playing roles that are intense and damaged has always
come more easily to me than doing comedies or lighter stuff -
that would be taking a huge risk for me.
- Sarah Polley

Dare to risk public criticism.
- Mary Kay Ash

It's better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong
than to agonize at length and be right too late.
- Marilyn Moats Kennedy

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

On the other hand, the American public possesses a
great resilience and strength,
and good risk communication strategies can tap into
and even amplify those assets.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

I have to accept risk as a racing driver.
- Emerson Fittipaldi

To live without risk for me would be tantamount to death.
- Jacqueline Cochran

Our national security is at risk when we rely on foreign
oil to keep our economy moving forward.
- Bill Shuster

This report, by its very length, defends itself
against the risk of being read.
- Winston Churchill

It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds,
though he risk everything.
- Plutarch

A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity,
it is an occupational risk.
- Oswald Mosley

Every woman needs to know the facts.
And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer,
every woman is at risk.
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The only risk we run is by doing nothing.
- Brian Higgins

Play difficult and interesting things.
If you play boring things, you risk losing your appetite.
Saxophone can be tedious with too much of the same.
- Steve Lacy

Don't be afraid in nature: one must be bold,
at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes.
- Camille Pissarro

To get rich never risk your health.
For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth.
- Richard Baker

Finally Germany's attack on Russia seemed to confirm
that Russia was not shirking and was prepared to carry
out a foreign policy with the risk of war with Germany.
- Klaus Fuchs

There can be no vulnerability without risk;
there can be no community without vulnerability;
there can be no peace,
and ultimately no life, without community.
- M. Scott Peck


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