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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

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

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

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


 

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking,
excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity
and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for
osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

I have been surrounded by some of the smartest,
brightest, most caring lawyers, by agents who are willing
to risk their lives for others,
by support staff that are willing to work as hard as they can.
- Janet Reno

It's going to be a season with lots of accidents,
and I'll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something
really serious doesn't happen.
- Ayrton Senna

An entrepreneur assumes the risk and is dedicated and
committed to the success of whatever he or she undertakes.
- Victor Kiam

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 think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life.
Is there a risk? Always.
In fiction and in life.
- Alice Hoffman

Facts are, insurance ratings are really dependent on
the notion that some people are higher risk than others.
- Patrick J. Kennedy

Having come to live in this age is as though one were
to have entered another country.
Learn its language or risk being left out.
- Theodore Bikel

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being,
to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
- Theodore Roosevelt

And while we are on the subject of medication you always
need to look at risk versus benefit.
- Temple Grandin

Caring about others, running the risk of feeling,
and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.
- Harold Kushner

Fluorine has a protecting action against caries,
but this is a local effect.
If you drink it, you are running the risk of all kinds of toxic actions.
- Arvid Carlsson

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

Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.
- Tobias Smollett

Many a man is praised for his reserve and so-called
shyness when he is simply too proud to risk making a fool of himself.
- J. B. Priestley

Almost all Iraqis with any previous experience in the
intelligence business are Sunni Arab,
increasing the risk of penetration of the new intelligence
apparatus by the insurgency.
- Wayne White

Everything's a risk, by the way, these days.
Every film you make is a risk.
There's no guarantee.
- Cameron Diaz

Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards
are worth the risk because they can put you away just
as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.
- Stanley Kubrick

As the head of security for an airline,
I can't ask my passengers to risk their lives and jump on a terrorist.
This is why we need air marshals on every flight.
- Isaac Yeffet

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

Well, I always run the risk of falling on my face,
which has in fact happened.
- Marcel Carne

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

Successful organizations, including the Military,
have learned that the higher the risk,
the more necessary it is to engage everyone's commitment and intelligence.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

I wasn't popular in the home office because I wasn't chicken.
I'm just a risk taker.
I have gut instincts.
- Gary Gygax

In the old days, people used to risk their lives in
India or in the Americas in order to bring back products
which now seem to us to have been of comically little worth.
- Levi Strauss

If you are not willing to risk the unusual,
you will have to settle for the ordinary.
- Jim Rohn

If information ends up in the wrong hands,
the lives of people very often are immediately at risk.
- Gijs de Vries

Risk is at the heart of jazz.
Every note we play is a risk.
- Steve Lacy

Hope is a risk that must be run.
- Georges Bernanos

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

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

You want 21 percent risk free? Pay off your credit cards.
- Andrew Tobias

The average man's judgment is so poor,
he runs a risk every time he uses it.
- Edgar Watson Howe


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