It’s always nice to get a little inspiration and realize your insurance career truly does impact the well-being and lives of your clients. For centuries, insurance has had an impact on businesses, families and even countries.

If you’re in the insurance business, the topic of risk is bound to come up. Impress your next prospect with these quotes from writers, thinkers, politicians and television characters. Some of these quotes are quite serious while others are just plain silly. A few of these lines are just common sense, while others touch on history.

So, without further ado, here’s a little inspiration to start your day.

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“People who live in glass houses should take out insurance.”

 Source Unknown

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“Insurance is like marriage. You pay, pay, pay, and you never get anything back.”

  Al Bundy, a fictional character and the essential protagonist of the U.S. television series Married…with Children

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“Since the 17th century, insurance agents have been the foremost experts on risk.”

 Charles Duhigg

President John F. Kennedy(Photo: GongTo/Shutterstock.com) 

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

 John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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“Once you are a victim of a bombing, you enter a risk group to which they will not sell insurance.”

 Ernst Zundel

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“You can’t run a business without taking risks.”

 Millard Drexler

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“All I know is that witnesses with vital evidence in the case are bad insurance risks.”—New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, when asked about all the deaths of witnesses who had been sought for testimony.

 Richard BelzerHit List: An In-Depth Investigation Into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination

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There was a very cautious man
Who never laughed or played
He never risked, he never tried,
He never sang or prayed.
And when he one day passed away,
His insurance was denied,
For since he never really lived,
They claimed he never really died.

(Anonymous poem)
 John C. MaxwellDeveloping the Leader Within You

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“A typical contract in the archives of the merchant Francesco Datini (c. 1335-1410) stipulates that the insurers agree to assume the risks ‘of God, of the sea, of men of war, of fire, of jettison, of detainment by princes, by cities, or by any other person, of reprisals, of arrest, of whatever loss, peril, misfortune, impediment or sinister that might occur, with the exception of packing and customs’ until the insured goods are safely unloaded at their destination.” 

 Niall FergusonThe Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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“Life Insurance is a mitigation to the risk of your life.
Financial Freedom is a mitigation to the risk of living your life!!
Choice has always been yours.” 

 Manoj AroraFrom the Rat Race to Financial Freedom

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“Because of the risks, the insurance premium may not be.” 

 Dwayne BrownThe Beginner’s Guide to Solar Power: How to Save A LOT of Money the Easy Way

Greenhouse gases pouring out of oil refinery smoke stacks(Photo: David Sprott/Shutterstock.com)

“Some of the scientists on Dr. Molina’s committee like to point out that people can be pretty intelligent about managing risk in their personal lives. It is unlikely that your house will burn down, yet you spend hundreds of dollars a year on insurance. When you drive to work in the morning, the odds are low that some careless driver will slam into you, but it is possible, so we have spent tens of billions of dollars putting seatbelts and air bags in our cars. The issue of how much to spend on lowering greenhouse gases is, in essence, a question about how much insurance we want to buy against worst-case outcomes.” 

 Anonymous

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“Biggest profits mean gravest risks.”

 Chinese Proverb

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“The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence.”

 Henry Ford

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