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Daring is an adventurous form of boldness, associated with a willingness to take on risks, or even a desire to seek them out. It is characterized by courage, or showing bravery, but may imply an element of foolhardiness.


  • Wishing to dare serves no purpose at all, if it remains a wish.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2013, p. 15.
  • "There is a steep and lofty wall,
    Where my warders trembling stand,
    He who at speed shall ride round its height,
    For him shall be my hand."

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 160.
  • A decent boldness ever meets with friends.
    • Homer, Odyssey, Pope's translation, Book 7, line 67.
  • And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.
    • Homer, Odyssey, Pope's translation, Book II, line 312.
  • And what they dare to dream of, dare to do.
  • Who dares this pair of boots displace,
    Must meet Bombastes face to face.
  • And dar'st thou then
    To beard the lion in his den,
    The Douglas in his hall?
  • What man dare, I dare:
    Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
    The arm'd rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger,
    Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
    Shall never tremble.
  • Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.
    • No one reaches a high position without daring.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Audendum est; fortes adjuvat ipsa Venus.
    • Dare to act! Even Venus aids the bold.
    • Tibullus, Carmina, I, 2, 16.

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