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Recklessness (also called unchariness) is disregard for or indifference to the dangers of a situation or for the consequences of one's actions. In law, recklessness has a particular meaning that determines whether a person may be liable for certain conduct, usually phrased in terms of being aware of a particular risk, but pressing forward in acting without caring whether injury resulted.


  • Kar vasselage par sens nen est folie,
    Mielz valt mesure que ne fait estultie.
    • For courage mixed with prudence is not foolish,
      And moderation betters recklessness.
    • The Song of Roland, Stanza CXXXI, line 1724.
  • Know that coyness has a certain extent and if exceeded, shall turn to weakness; generosity has a certain extent and if exceeded, shall become wasting; economy has a certain extent and if exceeded, shall be stinginess; and courage has a certain extent, which if exceeded, becomes recklessness.
  • I tell thee, be not rash; a golden bridge
    Is for a flying enemy.
    • Lord Byron, The Deformed Transformed, Act II, scene 2; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 659.
  • Who falls from all he knows of bliss,
    Cares little into what abyss.
  • If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works. Besides, a reckless king will easily fall into the hands of his enemies. Hence the king shall ever be wakeful.
  • You better check yo self before you wreck yo self.
    • Check Yo Self by Ice Cube
  • Ay, to those lofty beings, be they who they will, who look down from their starry thrones on the strange figures flitting to and fro over this earth of ours, the wild recklessness of us mortals with each other may well lose its painful interest.
  • Αὐτῶν γὰρ σφετέρῃσιν ἀτασθαλίῃσιν ὄλοντο.
    • The recklessness of their own ways destroyed them all.
    • Homer, Odyssey (c. 725 BC), Book I, line 7 (tr. Robert Fagles)
  • I am one, my liege,
    Whom the vile blows and buffets of the world
    Have so incens'd that I am reckless what
    I do to spite the world.
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth (1605), Act III, scene 1, line 108; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 659.
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