Why Not Go Out on a Limb?

After All, That's Where the Fruit Is

I was in the yard picking apples and pears a few days ago and as I tried to work my way to the end of each branch, I thought of a great quote by Frank Scully, “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?

When a pear crashed down on my head, I decided I’d had enough and headed inside because of another great quote by me, “When the pear tree turns on you, run.”

I’m sure we all can think of times when we’ve stepped outside of our comfort zone and realized the truth of Frank Scully’s quote. Below are more quotes about going out on limbs and taking chances. They may just inspire me to tackle the pear tree again.

All growth is the result of risk-taking. – Jude Wanniski

What isn’t tried won’t work. – Claude McDonald

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything. – Geena Davis

Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. – Frederick B. Wilcox

Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere. – The United Church Observer

A coward meets his fate in his own hideout. – Jorge Salvador Lara

What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything? – Vincent Van Gogh

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. – Seneca

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree? – Logan Pearsall Smith (It was a pear, Mr. Smith)

All serious daring starts from within. – Eudora Welty

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground. – Marcel Proust

High expectations are the key to everything. – Sam Walton

When you’re skating on thin ice, you may as well tap-dance. – Bryce Courtenay

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. – Dale Carnegie

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. – Max De Pree

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done. – Al Bernstein

A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are for. – John A. Shedd

What quote motivates you the most… really makes you want to take on the hounds of hell with a garden hose?!

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