Quotes by prudence

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  • Machiavelli
    Machiavelli
    Florentijns staatsphilosopher 1469-1527
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    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.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
  • Aesop
    Aesop
    Greek fabulist and story teller 620-564 BCE
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    Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
  • Nicolas Chamfort
    Nicolas Chamfort
    French writer, journalist and playwright 1741-1794
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    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.
  • Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well.
  • C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis
    Irish novelist and poet 1898-1963
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    Frantic administration of panaceas to the world is certainly discouraged by the reflection that this present might be the world's last night; sober work for the future, within the limits of ordinary morality and prudence, is not.
    Source: The Worlds Last Night (1952)
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    Johann Kaspar Lavater
    Swiss theologist and mysticist 1741-1801
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    Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
  • Akhenaton
    Akhenaton
    Egyptian King, Monotheist BC -~1375
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    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.
  • Robert Hall
    Robert Hall
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    In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    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.
  • John Dryden
    John Dryden
    English poet and playwright 1631-1700
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    It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    American poet and philosopher 1803-1882
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    Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.
  • Bryant H. McGill
    Bryant H. McGill
    American journalist and author 1969-
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    One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won.
  • William Blake
    William Blake
    English poet 1757-1827
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    Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.
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