Boldness

It is better to be bold than too circumspect because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy woofer and repulses all who are not ardent. ~Machiavelli

Put a grain of boldness into everything you do. ~Baltasar Gracian

But the fruit that can fall without shaking

Indeed is too mellow for me.

~Mary Wortley Montagu, The Answer

Venus favors the bold. ~Ovid

I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more, as I grow older. ~Michel de Montaigne translated

Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution. ~Francis Bacon

Few novels or plays could exist without at least one troublemaker in the group, and perhaps life couldn’t either. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom lies in being bold. ~Robert Frost

Moderation is a fatal thing; nothing succeeds like excess. ~Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1894

If the light in your life has changed to yellow, I recommend you floor it. It’s safer than the alternative. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com

Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. ~John Dryden

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided, but never hit softly. ~Theodore Roosevelt

He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold. ~Baltasar Gracian

He was a bold man that first eat an oyster. ~Jonathan Swift