Quote of the Week

It’s been a hard week, one in which I doubted whether risks I wanted to take for myself were even worth it, whether the payoff would be great enough. But I had to remind myself:

If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
-Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

There is always a chance of failure, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t take that chance. If we live our lives by taking the safe route, we’ll never get anywhere. I have to remind myself that I can’t rely on other people or on luck (luck is rarely on my side, anyway). I’m only going to get somewhere if I try. This quote is a good reminder that it’s up to me what my life amounts to, whether that is nothing, or something.

What did you think of this week’s quote? Is there another quote that reminds you to take risks? (I know there are some good ones out there.)

6 thoughts on “Quote of the Week

  1. I love Neil Gaiman! And I also love Nick Cave – quote from his song “Jesus of the Moon” :
    ‘Cause people often talk about being scared of change
    But for me I’m more afraid of things staying the same
    ‘Cause the game is never won
    By standing in any one place
    For too long”

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  2. An excellent quote, and I have to tell you I’m sorry for not having been commenting. I have been struggling with my own health concerns, but you’ve always been in my thoughts. ❤️

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  3. Neil Gaiman often has fantastic lines laid out in his works. One of my favourite lines in The Graveyard Book is “It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.” Anyway, brilliant quote! This quote makes me think that perhaps I should take more chances and more initiative in life…

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