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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.
- DARING, n. One of the most conspicuous qualities of a man in security.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- "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."
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon The Troubadour (1825) Title poem, Canto IV, 'The Proud Ladye'
- And what they dare to dream of, dare to do.
- James Russell Lowell, Ode Recited at the Harvard Commemoration (July 21, 1865), Stanza 3.
- Who dares this pair of boots displace,
Must meet Bombastes face to face.
- William B. Rhodes, Bombastes Furioso (1810), Act I, scene 4.
- And dar'st thou then
To beard the lion in his den,
The Douglas in his hall?
- Walter Scott, Marmion (1808), Canto VI, Stanza 14.
- I dare do all that may become a man:
Who dares do more, is none.
- 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.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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.
- Wer nichts waget der darf nichts hoffen.
- 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.