Reputation is an outcome; but it is also a valuable, strategic asset.
If one Godfather offers you an opportunity and another Godfather offers you an advantage, go with the former.
The ragamuffin gospel says we can’t lose, because we have nothing to lose.
The greatest risk in life is not to take a risk.
Deeds of heroism are wrought here more than those of romance, when, defying torture, and braving death itself, the fugitive voluntarily threads his way back to the terrors and perils of that dark land, that he may bring out his sister, or mother, or wife.
Rather than swallowing our pride and simply asking what we do not know, we choose to fill in the blanks ourselves and later become humbled. Wisdom was often, in its youth, proven foolish, and ones humiliated were meant to become wise.
There is a difference between ‘off-limits’ and those places you can visit without getting caught.
I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding your love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again. God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us.
To take risk and fail is not a failure. Real failure is to fear taking any risk
Wisdom mitigates the risk of being honest.