Advice...Quotable Quotes...
Words of Wisdom...etc.
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"I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking."
-George MacDonald

"God can fill your life with His presence so you will walk in the light.
But you must keep your eyes on Him and not on your own inadequacies."
-Carole Mayhall

"God takes us through just the right combination of waves, storms, and sunshine for each individual to learn about Him.  He teaches us through our delights and deliverances as well as through our tears and tempests."
-Carole Mayhall

"Gather the riches of God's promises.  Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible which you have learned by heart."
-Corrie ten Boom

"Silence makes the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say is what counts."

"I've learned that good-byes will always hurt, pictures can never replace being there, memories forget the hard times, words can never replace feelings, and heroes often go unsung."

"I wanted a perfect ending.  Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.  Delicious ambiguity."
-Gilda Radner

What you do tells everyone who you are.

It is not your position in life but your disposition that determines your success.

What happens to you is less significant than what happens within you.

You reveal yourself to the world by your behavior.

Recognize that all things are difficult before they are easy and it will change your outlook on so many things.

The thoughts you have chosen have brought you to where you are today.

Change your thoughts and you change your actions.

Change your actions and you are on the road to success.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Money doesn't bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.

Your conscience may not keep you from doing wrong, but it sure keeps you from enjoying it.

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

Misers aren't much fun to live with, but they make great ancestors.

Be careful what rut you choose. You may be in it the rest of your life.

Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.

A closed mouth gathers no feet.

The world is full of willing people: some willing to work and some willing to let them.

Some people are like blisters. They don't show up until the work is done.

A true friend is one that lets his grass grow as tall as his neighbor's.

A baby-sitter is a teenager acting like an adult while the adults are out acting like teenagers.

If you don't know where you're going, you're never lost.

Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

One good turn gets most of the blankets.

There are two kinds of pedestrians -- the quick and the dead.

An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.

If quitters never win, and winners never cheat, then who is the fool who said "Quit while you're ahead"?

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

It's not hard to meet expenses, they're everywhere.

Jury -- Twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer.

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

God gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into it's nest.

He who loses money, loses much;
He who loses a friend, loses more;
He who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

The tongue weighs practically nothing, but so few people can hold it.

If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.

For every 60 seconds of anger, you lose one minute of happiness.

Kindness: a language the deaf can hear, the blind can see, and the mute can speak.

When you see someone without a smile, give him one of yours.

I do not think happiness is too hard to find--it is how you treat it once you get hold of it that counts.

What holds you together is far greater than what can tear you apart.

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.  He told me to be in the first group; there was much less competition.

Respect costs nothing.

Don't marry the person you think you can live with: Marry the one you can't live without.

I complained I had no shoes 'til I met a man who had no feet.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door...that we do not see the one which had been opened for us.

The days are very long, but the years are very short.

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.

Speak only well of people, and you need never whisper.

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.

Wise men learn more from fools, than fools from wise men.

It is better to share happiness than keep it to yourself.

Be direct; usually one can accomplish more that way.

Prayer is the language of the heart.

"I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody."
-Benjamin Franklin

Never, Never Quit: When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two and I know it was not that blow that did it—but all that had gone before.

Young parents are the meat and sustenance to a child. Grandparents are the pastry that comes at no extra charge!
-Joan Lowery Nixon

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.
-Sir Arthur Wing Dinero

Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives.
-Isabel Norton

He who says goodbye many times has little desire to leave.

A garden begins quietly, as do many things of great significance in our lives.
-Carol Bessent Hayman

Gratitude is the heart's memory! (also, Gratitude is the memory of the heart!)

Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting fragrance.

"God has given grace to allow memories of troublesome times to fade to pale shadows. Memories of happy times have been retained in living color!"

"When we get to Glory, we will become cognizant of all the eternal ramifications of what God did when He worked in the special times of our lives. We will have much about which to 'reminisce' and rejoice!"

Hope: Knowing that whatever God allows in my life is given with love and purpose. (Romans 5:2-5)
-Bill Gothard

Hope—our most beautiful possession.

What a strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
-"Grandma Moses, My Life's History,"(ed. Aotto Kallir, ch. 1.)

"Hope is the denial of reality."

"Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good."
-Vaclav Havel

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
-Dale Carnegie

"If you have a lemon, make lemonade."
-Howard Gossage

"Beware how you take away hope from another human being."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours."
-Swedish Proverb

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."

"The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
-Allan K. Chalmers

"He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife." :)
-Douglas Adams

Some people are kind, polite and sweet-spirited - until you try to get into their pew.  
-George Goldtrap

The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but the fly comes close.  
-Mark Twain

Most of us spend the first six days of the week sowing wild oats, then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
-Fred Allen

Do you know the three times that most people are in church? When they are hatched, matched and dispatched.
-Lowell B. Yoder

Quit griping about your church; if it were perfect, you couldn't belong.
-Msgr. Joseph P. Dooley

If a church wants a better pastor, it can get one by praying for the one it has.
-Rev. Robert E. Harris

A lot of church members who are singing "Standing On The Promises" are just sitting on the premises.
-Sr. Monique Rysavy

We were called to be witnesses, not lawyers.
-Donna Maddux

Every evening I turn my troubles over to God - He's going to be up all night anyway.
-Donald J. Morgan

I don't know why some people change churches - what difference does it make which one you stay home from?
-Rev. Denny Brake

If a Savior leaves you as you are and where you are, from what has He saved you?
-Rev. Denny Brake

Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If your left hand doesn't know what your right hand is doing, you should consider running for a job in Washington. 

To err is human; to blame it on somebody else is even more human.
-John Nadeau, Medford, Massachusetts

Some minds are like concrete, thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
-Rev. Denny Brake

The taking up of the cross is not one of great action done for all, but the continual practice of small duties which are distasteful to us.
- John Newman

A cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, however suddenly jolted.
-Amy Carmichael

Live near to God and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.
-Robert Murray McCheyne

The wise man is one who knows the difference between good sound reasons and reasons that sound good.

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

"If your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
To whom you speak; of whom you speak;
And how, and when, and where."
-William Norris

Every man lives by faith, the nonbeliever as well as the saint; the one by faith in natural laws and the other by faith in God.
-A. W. TOZER (1897-1963)

Faith can put a candle in the darkest night.

Faith does not mean believing without evidence. It means believing in realities that go beyond sense and sight-for which a totally different sort of evidence is required.
-JOHN BAILLIE (1741-1806)

Faith does not struggle; faith lets God do it all.
CORRIE TEN BOOM (1892-1983)

Faith does nothing alone-nothing of itself, but everything under God, by God, through God.

Faith in faith is faith astray.
A. W. TOZER (1897-1963)

Faith is the root; hope is the stem; love the perfect flower. You may have faith without hope, and hope without love; but you cannot have love apart from faith and hope.
-E. B. MEYER (1847-1929)

Life is a great bundle of little things.

Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.

If you have love in your heart, you always have something to give.

If you love, you will suffer, and if you do not love, you do not know the meaning of a Christian life.
-AGATHA CHRISTIE (1891-1976)

Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training.

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible. It is therefore able to undertake all things, and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love, would faint and lie down.
-THOMAS KEMPIS (C. 1380-1471)

Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller or better in heaven or on earth. . . . A lover flies, runs, rejoices. . . . Love often knows no limits but is fervent beyond measure. Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of labors, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility. . . . Though wearied, it is not tired; though pressed, it is not straitened; though alarmed, it is not confounded; but as a lively flame and burning torch, it forces its way upwards and passes securely through all.
-THOMAS KEMPIS (C. 1380-1471)

Our Lord does not care so much for the importance of our works as for the love with which they are done.

Plant a word of love heart-deep in a person's life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens.
-MAX L. LUCADO (1955- )

What does love look like? It has hands to help others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

The attributes of a great lady may still be found in the rule of the four S's: sincerity, simplicity, sympathy, and serenity.
-EMILY POST (1872-1960)

True triumphs are God's triumphs over us. His defeats of us are our real victories.
-HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871)

"In your family, the service you perform and the work you accomplish is your love for God put into practice."
-Mother Theresa

Oh, let us rejoice in the Lord evermore,
   When darts of the tempter are flying.
For Satan still dreads, as he oft did of yore,
   Our singing much more than our sighing.

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."

- Demosthenes

"Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either."
- Golda Meir

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

- Henry Ford

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."
- Abraham Lincoln

"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are."
- Muhammad Ali

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
- Mark Twain

"It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."

- Sarah Bernhardt

"We must use time creatively…and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do great things."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

- Victor Borge

"There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self."
- Hindu Proverb

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction."

- Antoine de Saint Exupery

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

- Mahatma Gandhi

"Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open."
- Unknown

"Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy."
- Katharine Hepburn

"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition."

-William Arthur Ward

"Where there is great love there are always miracles."

- Willa Cather

"There are unrecognized heroes among our ordinary neighbors."

- Harold W. Bernard

“To help recognize problems, we must begin to view them as 'situations in need of improvement.”


"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

- Albert Einstein

"Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."
- Langston Hughes

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
- Walt Disney

"The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose."

- Heda Bejar

"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails."
- Unknown

"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."
- Ivy Baker Priest

"It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."

- W. Somerset Maugham

"The only people who never fail are those who never try."
- Ilka Chase

"Blessed are those who give without remembering and receive without forgetting."
- Unknown

"There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament."

- Henry Van Dyke

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

- Unknown

"Cherish your human connections: your relationships with friends and family."

- Barbara Bush

"The soul is healed by being with children."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Life is the first gift, love the second, and understanding the third."
- Marge Piercy

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Saint Augustine

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
- Albert Einstein

"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
- John F. Kennedy

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."
- Michael Korda

"There is a better way for everything. Find it."
- Thomas Edison

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."

- Marie Curie

"I praise loudly; I blame softly."

- Catherine II

"The glow of one warm thought is, to me, worth more than money."
- Thomas Jefferson

"Know the value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it."
- Earl of Chesterfield

"What you do for yourself dies with you, what you do for others lives long after you are gone."

- Teddy Roosevelt

"There is more to life than increasing its speed."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"I am not sure I should have dared to start, but I am sure that I should not have dared to stop."
- Winston Churchill

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."
- Sophia Loren

"The man who has no imagination has no wings."

- Muhammad Ali

"Positive attitudes create positive people."
- Unknown

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."

- Mahatma Gandhi

"Life is not measured by the breaths you take.  It is measured by the moments that take your breath away."

- Unknown

"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."
- Booker T. Washington

"I'm extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end."
- Margaret Thatcher

"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining."
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"We all have possibilities we don't know about. We can do things we don't even dream we can do."

- Dale Carnegie

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
- Dolly Parton

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
- Aristotle

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If you accept a dinner invitation, you have a moral obligation to be amusing."

- The Duchess of Windsor

"No one has been honored for what they received; they were honored for what they gave."

- Calvin Coolidge

"Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open."
- Unknown

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
- Franz Kafka

"Opportunity always involves some risk. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first."

- Unknown

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
- Confucius

"If you have a purpose in which you believe, there's no end to the amount of things you can accomplish."

- Marian Anderson

"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves."
- Latin proverb

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Happiness is a direction - not a place."

- Bill Sands

"If you can't convince them, confuse them."
- Harry S. Truman

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
- Helen Keller

"He who seeks advice seldom errs."

- Philippine proverb

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on."
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive."
- Anais Nin

"Where love reigns the impossible may be attained."
- Indian Proverb

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."

- Colin Powell

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
- Will Rogers

"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning."

- Christopher Morley

"Act honestly, and answer boldly."

- Danish proverb

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all."
- Baron Alfred Tennyson

"Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it."
- Lily Tomlin

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."

- Andy Warhol

"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes."

- Frank Lloyd Wright

"Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?"

- Phyllis Diller

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Confucius

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward."
- Spanish Proverb

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
- Winston Churchill

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."

- Virginia Woolf

"I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up."
- Julia Child

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
- Buddha

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."

- Stanley Horowitz

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Unknown

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."
- Demosthenes

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."

- Andy Warhol

"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind."
- Coleridge Samuel Taylor

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
- Helen Keller

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

- Helen Keller

"Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life."

- Burton Hills

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

- Ben Franklin

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."
- Albert Einstein

"I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on."
- Roseanne

"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around."
- Henry David Thoreau

"To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven."

- Karen Sunde

"Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing."

- Unknown

"The one thing in the world of value is the active soul."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others."
- Helen Keller

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly."

- Lauren Bacall

"Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life."
- W.E.B. Dubois

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain

"Confidence in nonsense is requirement for the creative process."

- Unknown

"Life was meant to lived, and curiosity must be kept alive."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Everything you can imagine is real."
- Picasso

 "Fortune is like glass,--the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken."

- Publilius Syrus

"All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents."

- John F Kennedy

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
- Colin Powell

"There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way."
- Christopher Morley

"For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance."
- Mignon Mclaughlin

"We never talked, my family. We communicated by putting Ann Landers articles on the refrigerator."
- Judy Gold

"There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way."

- Christopher Morley

"Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice."


Discretion is the better part of valor.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)


"We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear. Although we can never rivet our fortune so tight as to make it impregnible, we may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life that we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living."
-Randolph Bourne, Youth and Life


"Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise."
-Charles Horton Cooley, Life and the Student


Discretion of speech is more than eloquence; and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order.

Francis Bacon (1561–1626)


Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.

Martin Farquhar Tupper (1810–1889)


As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

Proverbs xi. 22.



Book I: Admonitions Profitable for the Spiritual Life

IV. Of Prudence in Action

WE must not trust every word of others or feeling within ourselves, but cautiously and patiently try the matter, whether it be of God. Unhappily we are so weak that we find it easier to believe and speak evil of others, rather than good. But they that are perfect, do not give ready heed to every news-bearer, for they know man’s weakness that it is prone to evil and unstable in words.

2. This is great wisdom, not to be hasty in action, or stubborn in our own opinions. A part of this wisdom also is not to believe every word we hear, nor to tell others all that we hear, even though we believe it. Take counsel with a man who is wise and of a good conscience; and seek to be instructed by one better than thyself, rather than to follow thine own inventions. A good life maketh a man wise toward God, and giveth him experience in many things. The more humble a man is in himself, and the more obedient towards God, the wiser will he be in all things, and the more shall his soul be at peace.

Thomas Kempis. (b. 1379 or 1380, d. 1471).  The Imitation of Christ.

The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.


Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
- Euripides


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 (1821 - 1912) US humanitarian, In "Angel of the Battlefield," ch. 19, by Ishbel Ross, 1956.


Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC - 3BC) Roman statesman, scholar, orator, In The Ultimate Success Quotations Library, 1997


Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US philosopher, poet, essayist, In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.


The only prudence in life is concentration.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US philosopher, poet, essayist, In The Ultimate Success Quotations Library, 1997.


I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.
Molly Ivins (1707 - 1754) English novelist, In "Readers' Digest."


Who makes quick use of the moment, is a genius of prudence.
Johann Casper Lavater (1741 - 1801) Swiss theologian, author, In "Correct Quotes for DOS," WordStar International, 1991.


Those who get their living by their daily labor . . . have nothing to stir them up to be serviceable but their wants which it is a prudence to relieve, but folly to cure.
Bernard Mandeville (1670? - 1733) English philosopher, "The Fable of the Bees," 1714..


Many a man wins glory for prudence by seeking advice, then seeking advice as to what advice would be best to take, and finally following appetite.
Austin O'Malley (1670? - 1733) English philosopher, In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.


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


Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC - 3BC) Roman statesman, scholar, orator, In The Ultimate Success Quotations Library, 1997.


I find it's as hard to live down an early triumph as an early indiscretion.
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1882 - 1950) US author, poet
In "The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women," by Rosalie Maggio, 1994.


"Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in."
Aesop (620-560 BC)

"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."
Mary Cholmondeley 

"Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist

"Self-denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish-born British playwright, founder "Fabian Society", Nobel

"It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have these three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. - from Following the Equator"
Mark Twain (1835-1910), [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist

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 (1835-1910), [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist


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 (1835 - 1910)


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



Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)


Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.



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

Johann Kaspar Lavater


Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear.

William Gladstone



"Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one preserves, the other sweetens it."

John Christian Bovee (1820-1904), Writer, author

"Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life."

Jean de La Bruyre (1645-96), French writer, moralist

"No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion."

James Burgh (1714-1775)


"Nothing more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable."

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95), French writer, author

"Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out."

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825), German writer, "Titan", "Years of Indiscretion"

"Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it."

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825), German writer, "Titan", "Years of Indiscretion"

"Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm."

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825), German writer, "Titan", "Years of Indiscretion"

"In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army."

Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825), German writer, "Titan", "Years of Indiscretion"

"Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness."

George Santayana (1863-1952), Spanish-born American philosopher, writer, "Realms of Being"


Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.



There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

Joseph Addison


The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperment of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.

E.M. Cioran


A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
- Thomas Hardy, The Hand of Ethelberta


``The first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated, till it attain years of discretion. ''

- John Ruskin 1819-1900. Time and Tide (1867)


``A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it. ''

- Christian Nestell Bovee


"Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost."

- James Thurber

"Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts."
- Charles Lamb

"A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone."
- Unknown

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
- Charles Schultz

"About the time we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends."

- Herbert Hoover


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