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.
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.
Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.
Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned.
I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.
Prudence dictates you quickly issue a consumer advisory.
It is a madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because in herself she is nothing, but is ruled by prudence.
When desperate ills demand a speedy cure,
Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.
When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.
If most married women possessed as much prudence as they do vanity, we should find many husbands far happier.
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.
The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.
Politics are always a struggle for power, disguised and modified by prudence, reason and moral pretext.
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
The awful daring of a moment's surrender which an age of prudence can never retract.
Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty.
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable; for the happy impute all their success to prudence and merit.
Mother Nature gives a sense of romance to young people, in place of prudence, to advance the species. It's a trickthat makes us grow.
You're mistaken: men of sense often learn from their enemies. Prudence is the best safeguard. This principle cannot be learned from a friend, but an enemy extorts it immediately. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war. And this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.
It appears then that it will be better for us to hear what they have to say first; for one may learn something at times even from one's enemies.
There are particular movements in particular epochs in which the Divine Force manifests itself with supreme power shattering all human calculations, making a mock of the prudence of the careful statesman and the scheming politician, falsifying the prognostications of the scientific analyser and advancing with a vehemence and velocity which is obviously the manifestation of a higher than human force. The intellectual man afterwards tries to trace the reasons for the movement and lay bare the forces that made it possible, but at the time he is utterly at fault, his wisdom is falsified at every step and his science serves him not. These are the times when we say God is in the movement, He is its leader and it must fulfil itself however impossible it may be for man to see the means by which it will succeed.
No wealth is more useful than intelligence and wisdom; no solitude is more horrible than when people avoid you on account of your vanity and conceit or when you wrongly consider yourself above everybody to confide and consult; no eminence is more exalting than piety; no companion can prove more useful than politeness; no heritage is better than culture; no leader is superior to Divine Guidance; no deal is more profitable than good deeds; no profit is greater than Divine Reward; no abstinence is better than to restrain one's mind from doubts (about religion); no virtue is better than refraining from prohibited deeds; no knowledge is superior to deep thinking and prudence; no worship or prayers are more sacred than fulfillment of obligations and duties, no religious faith is loftier than feeling ashamed of doing wrong and bearing calamities patiently; no eminence is greater than to adopt humbleness; no exaltation is superior to knowledge; nothing is more respectable than forgiveness and forbear- ance; no support and defense are stronger than consultation.
It is a revolution; a revolution of the most intense character; in which belief in the justice, prudence, and wisdom of secession is blended with the keenest sense of wrong and outrage, and it can no more be checked by human effort for the time than a prairie fire by a gardeners watering pot.