Prudence Quotes

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

Francis Quarles

Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom's root.

Robert Burns

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

William Blake

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Charles Caleb Colton

Where passion leads or prudence points the way.

Robert Lowth

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding.

Niccolo Machiavelli

If a wise man behaves prudently, how can he be overcome by his enemies? Even a single man, by right action, can overcome a host of foes.

Saskya Pandita

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

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

Edmund Burke

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

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

William Hurrell Mallock

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

Aesop

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

T.S. Eliot

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

Samuel Johnson

There is also the very real possibility that, in the justice of God, one of the reasons He uses the weak and the foolish of the world is so that no argument could be made later that certain people were advantaged in some unfair way by that which was unearned-either in the premortal life or here. Hence it seems prudent for us to realize that just because one is set apart or ordained to a certain calling or assignment he or she must not expect to be set apart from the stresses of life. There appear to be no immunities.

Neal Maxwell

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

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

Love prudence.

Bias

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.

Judah Philip Benjamin

Wit without humanity degenerates into bitterness. Learning without prudence into pedantry.

James Burgh

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