It is better to be bold than too circumspect, because fortune is of a sex which likes not a tardy wooer and repulses all who are not ardent.
Put a grain of boldness into everything you do.
But the fruit that can fall without shaking
Indeed is too mellow for me.
~Mary Wortley Montagu, The Answer
Venus favors the bold.
I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more, as I grow older.
~Michel de Montaigne, translated
Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.
Few novels or plays could exist without at least one troublemaker in the group, and perhaps life couldn't either.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Freedom lies in being bold.
Moderation is a fatal thing; nothing succeeds like excess.
~Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1894
Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.
If the light in your life has changed to yellow, I recommend you floor it. It's safer than the alternative.
~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com
Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.
The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.