john | Feb. 20, 2021, 11:41 p.m.
Otherwise, you're just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you.
Now I'm not exactly sure to who to credit this quote too. It appears that while reading an NPR article about Alexei Navalny that in his discourse, from a cage, is quoted to be saying it.
Granted he also speaks of Voldemort too, so clearly he makes references to fiction.
Later I realized that a quick search would let me know, and lo and behold, the culprit of this is, Rick and Morty. Or so I thought, since there seems to be something slightly closer to this saying, Leo F. Buscaglia, who wrote a short poem, that goes like this.
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.”
So although I suppose the closest I have found is "To live is to risk dying," My hats off to you who ever it may be, for it is not every day one stumbles upon a line that in the comic world and in the real one is able to convey the significance of living so beautifully, and so literally. And well, the poem is pretty expressive as well.