Risk is the potential that a chosen action or activity (including the choice of inaction) will lead to a loss (an undesirable outcome). The notion implies that a choice having an influence on the outcome sometimes exists (or existed). Potential losses themselves may also be called "risks". Any human endeavor carries some risk, but some are much more risky than others.
- To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
- Leo Buscaglia, in Living, Loving, and Learning (1985)
- A life of love is one of continual growth, where the doors and windows of experience are always open to the wonder and magic that life offers. To love is to risk living fully.
- Rather than reacting to every risk we hear and see, we should make an effort to discern which ones we can do something about.
- Ben Carson, Take The Risk (p. 58)
The dictionary definition of risk at Wiktionary