a pack of cards is the devil's prayer book
/ɐ pˈæk ʌv kˈɑːɹdz ɪz ðə dˈɛvəlz pɹˈɛɹ bˈʊk/
used to suggest that gambling can be addictive and can lead people to engage in other vices or immoral activities
it is ill jesting / meddling with edged tools
/ɪt ɪz ˈɪl dʒˈɛstɪŋ mˈɛdlɪŋ wɪð ˈɛdʒd tˈuːlz/
used to warn against making jokes or jests about serious or dangerous matters, implying that casual or lighthearted engagement with dangerous people or things can be risky or even harmful
a ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is for
/ɐ ʃˈɪp ɪn ɐ hˈɑːɹbɚɹ ɪz sˈeɪf bˌʌt ðæt ɪz nˌɑːt wˌʌt ɐ ʃˈɪp ɪz fɔːɹ/
used to imply that it is not enough to simply stay safe and comfortable; in order to achieve our full potential, we must take risks and step outside of our comfort zones
a wager is a fool's argument
/ɐ wˈeɪdʒɚɹ ɪz ɐ fˈuːlz ˈɑːɹɡjuːmənt/
used to point out the potential negative outcomes or drawbacks of engaging in gambling or reckless behavior
he who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount
/hiː hˌuː ɹˈaɪdz ɐ tˈaɪɡɚɹ ɪz ɐfɹˈeɪd tə dɪsmˈaʊnt/
used to imply that someone engaged in a dangerous or risky endeavor may find it difficult to quit or change course, even if they want to, due to the potential consequences of doing so
lose the horse or win the saddle
/lˈuːz ðə hˈɔːɹs ɔːɹ wˈɪn ðə sˈædəl/
used to warn that in a risky situation, one may have to choose between losing what they already have or taking a chance to gain something else
nothing ventured, nothing gained
/nˈʌθɪŋ vˈɛntʃɚd nˈʌθɪŋ ɡˈeɪnd/
used to imply that one must dare to take risks in order to achieve something or to be successful
the cat would eat fish, but would not wet her feet
/ðə kˈæt wʊd ˈiːt fˈɪʃ bˌʌt wʊd nˌɑːt wˈɛt hɜː fˈiːt/
used to imply that one desires something but lacks the willingness to put in effort or take risks to achieve it, suggesting a lack of ambition or laziness
if you do not speculate, you cannot accumulate
/ɪf juː duːnˌɑːt spˈɛkjʊlˌeɪt juː kænˈɑːt ɐkjˈuːmjʊlˌeɪt/
used to imply that in order to achieve success or acquire valuable things or experiences, one must be willing to take risks and try new things
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