personality trait

Daring is an adventurous form of boldness, associated with a willingness to take on risks, or even a desire to seek them out. It is characterized by courage, or showing bravery, but may imply an element of foolhardiness.


  • DARING, n. One of the most conspicuous qualities of a man in security.
    • Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Dictionary (1906); republished as The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
  • "There is a steep and lofty wall,
    Where my warders trembling stand,
    He who at speed shall ride round its height,
    For him shall be my hand."
  • And what they dare to dream of, dare to do.
  • Who dares this pair of boots displace,
    Must meet Bombastes face to face.
  • And dar'st thou then
    To beard the lion in his den,
    The Douglas in his hall?
  • What man dare, I dare:
    Approach thou like the rugged Russian bear,
    The arm'd rhinoceros, or the Hyrcan tiger,
    Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves
    Shall never tremble.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 160.
  • A decent boldness ever meets with friends.
    • Homer, Odyssey, Pope's translation, Book 7, line 67.
  • And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.
    • Homer, Odyssey, Pope's translation, Book II, line 312.
  • Nemo timendo ad summum pervenit locum.
    • No one reaches a high position without daring.
    • Syrus, Maxims.
  • Audendum est; fortes adjuvat ipsa Venus.
    • Dare to act! Even Venus aids the bold.
    • Tibullus, Carmina, I, 2, 16.