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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. Thomas Jefferson, president
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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. Michelangelo, sculptor
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People who make no noise are dangerous. Jean De La Fontaine, poet
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When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. John F. Kennedy, president
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The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Danger -- if you meet it promptly and without flinching -- you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! Sir Winston Churchill, politician
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The most dangerous thing is illusion. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Live dangerously and you live right. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet
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Danger and delight grow on one stalk. Scottish Proverbs,
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When danger approaches, sing to it. Arabic Proverbs,
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Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. Miguel de Cervantes, novelist
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The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition. Israel Zangwill, novelist
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A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea. Proverbs,
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Actually, the streets are quite safe today, it's the people on them who aren't. Source Unknown,
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Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
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Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. Aesop, author
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The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher
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Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it. William Tecumseh Sherman, soldier
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Dangers bring fears, and fears more dangers bring. Richard Baxter, clergyman
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The most dangerous people are the ignorant. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. James Madison, president
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However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks. Havelock Ellis, psychologist
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The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps. David Lloyd George, statesman
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The person who runs away exposes himself to that very danger more than a person who sits quietly. Jawaharlal Nehru, leader
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Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger. Francis Quarles, poet
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Wise people say nothing in dangerous times. John Selden, statesman
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In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist
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Most dangerous is that temptation that does goad us on to sin in loving virtue. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. Hannah Arendt, historian
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He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius, philosopher
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Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous. Mencius, philosopher
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Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend. Jean De La Fontaine, poet
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Many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there a danger of their coming true! Logan Pearsall Smith, critic
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What's dangerous is not to evolve. Jeff Bezos, businessman
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A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. Jean Paul, author
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The danger of success is that it makes us forget the world's dreadful injustice. Jules Renard, dramatist
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"Obvious" is the most dangerous word in mathematics. E. T. Bell, mathematician
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When the danger is past God is cheated. Italian Proverbs,
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Biggest profits mean gravest risks. Chinese Proverbs,
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Danger, the spur of all great minds. George Chapman, poet
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Nothing is so exhilarating in life as to be shot at with no result. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
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Princes and governments are far more dangerous than other elements within society. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer
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We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. David Sarnoff, inventor
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Constant exposure to dangers will breed contempt for them. Marcus Annaeus Seneca, rhetorician
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Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man's eyes. Euripides, poet
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Between the anvil and the hammer. Proverbs,
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Danger past, God forgotten. Proverbs,
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We triumph without glory when we conquer without danger. Pierre Corneille, dramatist
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No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger. Heraclitus, philosopher
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Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers. Victor Hugo, author
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Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting. Karl Wallenda,
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I think I'm just more adaptable now, so danger, overall, seems less dangerous to me. Heather Donahue, actress
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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. Henry David Thoreau, author
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The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. Thucydides, historian
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A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous. Alfred Adler, psychologist
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Each child’s story is worthy of telling. There shouldn’t be a sliding scale of death. The weight of it is crushing. Anderson Cooper, journalist
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Would you learn the secret of the sea? Only those who brave its dangers, comprehend its mystery! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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If we survive danger it steels our courage more than anything else. Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian
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One is not exposed to danger who, even when in safety is always on their guard. Publilius Syrus, writer
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Don't play for safety -- it's the most dangerous thing in the world. Sir Hugh Walpole,
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When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. Hale White, writer
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The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern. Lord Acton, historian
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The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity - or it will move apart. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president
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The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. James Madison, president
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The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that man may become robots. Erich Fromm, psychologist
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Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn't go far didn't see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded. Tim Allen, comedian
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A sea setting us upon the ice has brought us close to danger. Henry Hudson, explorer
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As an unmarried woman, I was thought to be a danger. Grace Kelly, actress
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Cloning represents a very clear, powerful, and immediate example in which we are in danger of turning procreation into manufacture. Leon Kass, educator
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Every man is his own chief enemy. Anacharsis, philosopher
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No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause. John Mason Brown, critic
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To conquer without danger is to conquer without glory. Pierre Corneille, dramatist
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There is nobody who is not dangerous for someone. Marquise De SeVigne,
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Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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If a little knowledge was a dangerous thing, a lot was lethal. Tom Sharpe,
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The unique danger today is the possibility that we may face longer-term stagnation as a consequence of relying too heavily on borrowed money. Mortimer Zuckerman, publisher
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Ignorance per se is not nearly as dangerous as ignorance of ignorance. Sydney J. Harris, journalist
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To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger. James A. Baldwin, author
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The curious are always in some danger. If you are curious you might never come home. Jeanette Winterson, novelist
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Nothing is as dangerous as an ignorant friend; a wise enemy is to be preferred. Jean De La Fontaine, poet
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HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug: Heaven knows they need it. Princess Diana, royalty
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Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small. Donald Rumsfeld, politician
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The sense of danger is never, perhaps, so fully apprehended as when the danger has been overcome. Arthur Helps, historian
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A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. John Le Carre, writer
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A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull. Louis Auchincloss, novelist
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The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. Aristotle, philosopher
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Know when to speak - for many times it brings danger, to give the best advice to kings. Robert Herrick, poet
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One cannot answer for his courage when he has never been in danger. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer
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The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger. Mary Wollstonecraft, writer
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It's human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn't banging loudly on the door. David Hackworth, soldier
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I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences. Daniel Boone, explorer
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Insurgents throughout Iraq continue to threaten our efforts and pose a danger to stability in the region. They fight not for their country, but rather against ours. Paul Gillmor, politician
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We make mistakes, we have our faults, and God knows some of us have more than our share, but when danger threatens and duty calls, we go smiling to our own funeral. James Larkin, activist
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It is better to do thine own duty, however lacking in merit, than to do that of another, even though efficiently. It is better to die doing one's own duty, for to do the duty of another is fraught with danger. Bhagavad Gita, scripture
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It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck. Charles Caleb Colton, writer
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I needed some real danger and some mortal risk to run, to tranquilize me. Alexander Dumas, novelist
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One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never! Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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In time of danger it is proper to be alarmed until danger be near at hand; but when we perceive that danger is near, we should oppose it as if we were not afraid. Hitopadesa,
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If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist
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The responses of human beings vary greatly under dangerous circumstances. The strong man advances boldly to meet them head on. The weak man grows agitated. But the superior man stands up to fate, endures resolutely in his inner certainty If ignorant both I Ching,
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A person in danger should not try to escape at one stroke. He should first calmly hold his own, then be satisfied with small gains, which will come by creative adaptations. I Ching,
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Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller, author
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The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, president
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The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger. F. L. Lucan,
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Send danger from the east unto the west, so honor cross it from the north to south. William Shakespeare, dramatist
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Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous. Julius Caesar William Shakespeare, dramatist
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We are confronted by a first danger, the destructiveness of applied atomic energy. And then we are confronted by a second danger, that we do not enough appreciate the first danger. Raymond G. Swing,
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Boys should not play with weapons more dangerous than they understand. E. T. A. Hoffmann, critic
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Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory. Sun Tzu, philosopher
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Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about. Saskya Pandita, leader
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This demonstration of power, indifferent to the law, is highly dangerous. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, businessman
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Terrorism is a big danger to Pakistan's independence. We will fight this danger for the sake of independence of Pakistan and will defeat it at all levels. Shaukat Aziz,
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For while the threat of nuclear holocaust has been significantly reduced, the world remains a very unsettled and dangerous place. William S. Cohen, politician
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Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran. Shirin Ebadi, lawyer
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I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. Alexis de Tocqueville, historian
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He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be - a student of history; and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones. A. J. P. Taylor, historian
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We live in very, very, very dangerous times. Craig Shirley, author
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I love to fly. I always wanted to fly. It's been one of my dreams since I was 3 years old. I remember saying to my mom, 3 years old, every day, 'I can fly!' Living on the ninth floor, it was dangerous. Elena Anaya, actress
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Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It's difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it's the greatest gift we have. Jon Voight, actor
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The money can be a hindrance to someone like me because the danger is that you start thinking, 'Is that a $20 million take?' That kind of thing, and being self-critical. Jim Carrey, comedian
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We know the threats - from global terrorist networks to the spread of deadly weapons. Yet we also know that embedded in this time of danger is the promise of a new day, if we have the courage and commitment to work together. Valerie Jarrett, lawyer
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I've got a chart here that shows our debt-to-GDP ratio. And while we did run deficits in the past, we now number our debt in trillions rather than in billions. And I think that represents a long-term danger, especially to the, the American dream. Mark Kirk, politician
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I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities, and was willing to live by those priorities. In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real danger. George W. Bush, president
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We need not renounce the use of conventional force. We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival. Theodore C. Sorensen, lawyer
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WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States. Peter King, politician
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The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. Hillary Clinton, politician
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What's sad is that there is an addictive quality to that, to believing your own hype; to allowing yourself to become validated by others and no longer by yourself. That's the danger of celebrity. Giovanni Ribisi, actor
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Here's the good news. If I realize that I'm insane, then I'm okay with it. I'm not dangerous insane. Charlie Sheen, actor
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Something that's such a joy in my life every day - cooking - is this incredible, horrific danger to women around the world. Julia Roberts, actress
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Protectionism is a very real danger. It is understandable that in times of a severe downturn protectionist pressures mount but the lessons of history are clear. If we give in to protectionist pressures, we will only send the world into a downward spiral. Manmohan Singh, statesman
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What is a danger is that we stay stuck in a new normal where unemployment rates stay high, people who have jobs see their incomes go up, businesses make big profits. But they're learned to do more with less, and so they don't hire. Barack Obama, president
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I don't immerse myself in the Internet chatter because it opens you up to a whole source of danger. Zachary Quinto, actor
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I thank all of those deputies who supported the government and gave it a vote of confidence. I believe each of those votes represents a responsible decision to avoid placing our country's membership of the eurozone in danger. Lucas Papademos, politician
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I get to do the most amazing things. We call it Host in Peril quite often, because people love to see me risk my life or be in danger. Rick Mercer, comedian
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On 'Into The Wild' I spent months risking my life and on 'Speed Racer' I spent 60 days acting in front of a green screen. No danger to my physical self, but I sure had to use my imagination. Emile Hirsch, actor
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If I'm feeling down in the dumps, or like I need a pop of colour, I'll put on MAC's Lipstick in Lady Danger. I discovered red lipstick when I did the Oscar season: Chanel sent me one and I realised how classic and glamorous it can be. Chloe Sevigny, actress
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Isn't there a danger with Tweeting, like drunk dialing? Isn't there a drunk Tweeting danger? Julianna Margulies, actress
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Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings - stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. Tom Hiddleston, actor
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The biggest danger is trying to put too much pressure on yourself, trying to get in too good shape. Paula Radcliffe, athlete
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I don't think the sport is any more dangerous than it's ever been. Shaun White, snowboarder
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I always tell people that our sports aren't that dangerous. Shaun White, snowboarder
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Well, as a songwriter, it's really dangerous to use the word love in a song. It's a word that has been used in songs so many millions of times before, and it's the most popular topic to ever write about. Jack White, musician
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I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. Thornton Wilder, novelist
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The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger. Frank Herbert, writer
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What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power. John Cheever, writer
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By increasing the size of the keyhole, today's playwrights are in danger of doing away with the door. Peter Ustinov, actor
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The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry. Simone Weil, philosopher
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I give the name violence to a boldness lying idle and enamored of danger. Jean Genet, dramatist
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