The problem with wise sayings is that there’s one for every situation:
“Out of sight, out of mind”
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
“As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.”
“Foolhardiness made the rat try to jump over the fireplace.”
My own belief is that if we mixed all the world’s proverbs together, the final message might be something like “Take chances, but be prepared when things go awry. For they will.” It certainly doesn’t mean we’ve made a wrong choice; that’s just the way the world works.
As Tolkien said, “It does not do you good to leave a dragon out of your calculations if you live near him.”
This doesn’t mean that we stop our quest, just that we have to add such hindrances to the equation. Remember Bilbo Baggins’s first response to the idea of adventure: “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
Yet Bilbo Baggins did go on adventures. And so should we. Just keep the dragon in mind.