Category Archives: DARING

The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius. – Honore de Balzac


There’s a barrel-organ carolling across a golden street
  In the city as the sun sinks low;
And the music’s not immortal; but the world has made it sweet
  And fulfilled it with the sunset glow.
        Alfred Noyes—Barrel Organ.

Zaphod marched quickly down the passageway, nervous as hell, but trying to hide it by striding purposefully. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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No matter how much bravado someone musters, when he doesn’t genuinely believe he is good, others pick up on his shifting eyes and rising voice and other giveaways. Most people can spot fake confidence from a mile away.

Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.

The Journey

by Second Grade Sailors
(Baton Rouge, LA)

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Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one, home safely to me

She sailed at the dawning, all day I’ve been blue
Red sails in the sunset, I’m trusting in you

Swift wings we must borrow, make straight for the shore, oh yeah
We’ll marry tomorrow and you go sailing no more

Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one, home safely to me

Oh yeah
We’ll marry tomorrow and you go sailing no more

And red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one, home safely to me




Read more: Fats Domino – Red Sails In The Sunset Lyrics | MetroLyrics

The precious porcelain of human clay.

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Frances Padorr Brent

Porcelain Blue Boat

Nothing is this water
broken by my eagerness.

Tangled string
now what have I done?

Silence      engine
at the bottom of the glass.

tin voice of the deaf.

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 2 October 1937

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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

John Adams

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You cannot always wait for the perfect time, sometimes you must dare to jump.



Allowing for the Doppler effect it is all possibly
closer than we feel. Matter and movement were one &
the same. Even the rocks were awash with electrons.
Shadows had no colour. Objects sprang from every corner.
I wasn’t a daredevil: I was a risk technician.



Some people seem to think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained.


The Baby’s Dance

Taylor, Ann (1782 – 1830)
DANCE little baby, dance up high,

Never mind baby, mother is by ;

Crow and caper, caper and crow,

There little baby, there you go ;

Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,

Backwards and forwards, round and round ;

Dance little baby, and mother shall sing,

With the merry coral, ding, ding, ding.

The only veil that stands between perception of what is underneath the desolate surface is your courage. Dare to breach the surface and sink.”


Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration





We are tired of the benches, our beds in the park,
We welcome the sundown that heralds the dark.
White Lady Methylate!
Keep us warm and from crying.
Hold back the hate
And hasten the dying.

The tribes are all gone,
The spears are all broken:
Once we had bread here,
You gave us stone

I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!

Ingrid Bergman

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In 1986 the science fiction magazine Analog published a variant that included an antelope instead of a gazelle. In addition, the introduction of a human character shifted the focus of the proverb [RCLA]:

A lion wakes up each morning thinking, “All I’ve got to do today is run faster than the slowest antelope.”

An antelope wakes up thinking, “All I’ve got to do today is run faster than the fastest lion.”

A human wakes up thinking, “To hell with who’s fastest, I’ll outlast the bastards.”

If you are not afraid of rising, you will see that wings start growing in your body!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction… A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three — the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn’t get you, the others are waiting in the wings.”

-Peter McWilliams

“We learn from history as much as a rabbit learns from an experiment that’s performed upon it.”

― W.G. Sebald

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“Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”

Beatrix Potter, (1866 – 1943) English author “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”

A tiger does not have to proclaim its tigritude.


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“Do I dare disturb the universe?

Yes, I do, I do. I think.

Jerry suddenly understood the poster–the solitary man on the beach standing upright and alone and unafraid, poised at the moment of making himself heard and known in the world, the universe.”

― Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all


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“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


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“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting The Power Of The Wild Woman

Easy in but not easily out, as the lobster said in the lobster pot! ― C.S. Lewis


“I prefer sinners and madmen, who can learn, who can change, who can teach-or people like myself, if I may say so, who are not afraid to eat a lobster alone as they take on their shoulders the monumental weight of thirty years”

― James Baldwin, Just Above My Head

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.

― Saint Augustine of Hippo


By all means use sometimes to be alone. 
Salute thyself : see what thy soul doth wear. 
Dare to look in thy chest for 'tis thine own, 
And tumble up and down what thou findest there. 
Who cannot rest till he good fellows finde, 
He breaks up house, turns out of doors his minde. 

George Herbert. 

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. ― G.K. Chesterton


“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

We make messes of our lives, but every now and then, we manage to do something that’s exactly right. The challenge is figuring out which is which.

― Jodi Picoult, Vanishing Acts


“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of like is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”

― William Arthur Ward

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. ― May Sarton


“When you are authentic without an intent to harm others, you give yourself an awesome feeling which is the feeling of self-love.”

― John Kuypers, What’s Important Now: Shedding The Past So You Can Live In The Present