Prudence Quotes

To change one's mind is rather a sign of prudence than ignorance.

Spanish Proverb

Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human life.

Akhenaton

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.

Marquis De Vauvenargues

Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God.

Robert Dale Owen

We must believe what is good and true about the prophets, that they were sages, that they did understand what proceeded from their mouths, and that they bore prudence on their lips.

Origen

There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either.

Samuel Johnson

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best hearts.

Henry Fielding

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.

Jonathan Swift

Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.

Thomas Hobbes

Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise.

Charles Horton Cooley

Timidity is the root of prudence in the majority of men.

Carl von Clausewitz

The only prudence in life is concentration.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.

Mark Twain

Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.

Clara Barton

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.

Dryden, John

When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.

Samuel Johnson

When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.

Samuel Johnson

It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.

John Dryden

Prudence dictates you quickly issue a consumer advisory.

Ralph Nader

I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.

Molly Ivins

Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned.

Cicero

Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

Democritus

Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor.

Samuel Johnson

Education must have two foundations --morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.

Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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