Posted by: RealisticRecovery | May 13, 2009

Inspirational Poem: William Arthur Ward on “Risk”

found this on an interesting site:  The Critical Thinker(tm)

the ending is a great description of a realist, this is the person I’m striving to be.

Inspirational Poem: William Arthur Ward on “Risk”

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.

The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.

William Arthur Ward


  1. Great quote and totally a cool motto for one’s life.

    • I think you’re right, I wish I had been shown this years ago.
      Better late than never tho.

      Thanks for putting it up on your site for me to find.


  2. Very realistic poem

  3. This is a wonderful poem mr Arthur,like to hear more of u

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