Unfamiliar Quotations

Risk and Danger

"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.  We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in." - Desmond Tutu

"No one throws people under the bus if the bus isn't real." - Eve Fisher

"Sometimes we dodge the bullet. On rare occasions the bullet dodges us." - Dan Savage

"We can't put stuff back in Pandora's box but we can slip a warning label on the side." - Aimee Ogden

"There is no man smaller than the coward at a hero’s wake.” - Old Irish Saying

"A gun has only one answer." - Candice Fox

"Vaccines contribute to old age." -Kyle Hewitt

"The most dangerous place for black people to live is in white people's imagination." - DL Hughley

"He made the mistake any reasonable man might. He thought the other guy was reasonable." - David Edgerley Gates

"I'm not getting smaller. I'm backing away from you." - Jennifer Doubleday

All we hear of ISIS is puritanical & punitive; is there nothing celebratory & joyous? Or is query naive? -Joyce Carol Oates

"Hell is not evenly distributed." - Graham England.

"I think the tiger has a right to know the name of his hunter.” - Stephen Ross

"Half of all childhood accidents are caused by adults rushing to the rescue." -Garrison Keillor

"If you see the teeth of the lion, do not think that the lion is smiling at you." -Al-Mutanabbi

"A sense of responsibility is often an effective substitute for courage." - Melvin Purvis

"More often than not, battles pick you." -Neil Steinberg

“Someone once told me that fear and courage are like lightning and thunder. They both start out at the same time, but fear travels faster and arrives sooner. If we just wait a moment, the requisite courage will be along shortly.” – Lawrence Block

“We love to overlook the boundaries which we do not wish to pass.” - Samuel Johnson

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" -Frank Scully

"An adventure is a sign of incompetence." -Vilhjalmur Stefansson

"'Listen, three-eyes,' he said, 'don't you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal." -Douglas Adams 

"Let Lawyers, Parsons, and Physicians loose, to rob, impose on, and to kill the World." -Henry Fielding, in Tom Thumb 

"If you will only consent to being saved by an angel, you may have a long time to wait." -Marc Edmunson

"Lightning never strikes twice at the same time." -Elaine Stallworth


“I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” -Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.” -  Superchicken

“One of the less commonly reported dangers of chronic marijuana use is buying decrepit old houses and thinking you can fix them up.” - Dara Carr

"The graveyards are full of people who rushed in bravely but unwisely. But sooner or later the graveyards are full of everybody."  -Terry Pratchett,  slightly paraphrased.

"Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest of  materials." -Gerald White Johnson

"Monsters work seven days a week and don't take vacations." -Geoffrey Canada

"When in danger or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout." -Robert A. Heinlein

"Desperate times call for desperate analogies." -John Diamond

"Can a man kindle fire in his bosom without burning his clothes?" -Proverbs 6.27