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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1105
AUTHOR: Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)
QUOTATION: If a man is alive, there is always danger that he may die, though the danger must be allowed to be less in proportion as he is dead-and-alive to begin with. A man sits as many risks as he runs.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden, chapter 6, conclusion (vol. 2 of The Writings of Henry David Thoreau), p. 170 (1906, reprinted 1968). Originally published in 1854.