Prudence Quotes

I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Where passion leads or prudence points the way.

Robert Lowth

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Charles Caleb Colton

Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.

William Blake

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."

Francis Quarles

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

William E. Gladstone

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.

Omar Bradley

In matters of conscience first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence last thoughts are best.

Robert Hall

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.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older - the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning.

Jane Austen

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

Jonathan Swift

Frugality may be termed the daughter of Prudence, the sister of Temperance, and the parent of Liberty.

Samuel Johnson

The awful daring of a moment's surrender which an age of prudence can never retract.

T.S. Eliot

Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.

Aesop

Politics are always a struggle for power, disguised and modified by prudence, reason and moral pretext.

William Hurrell Mallock

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.

Thomas Jefferson

There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.

Edmund Burke

Silence is the sanctuary of prudence.

Baltasar Gracian

If most married women possessed as much prudence as they do vanity, we should find many husbands far happier.

Belknap

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.

Aristophanes

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.

Sri Aurobindo

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