An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.


Junius (1769-1771, Anonymous British letter writer)


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


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


And there is another more general kind of discretion, for there is no man who does all he would have done if he were assured of getting off scot-free; thus, it is certain that the fear of death does somewhat subtract from valor.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.


American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Discretion in speech is more important than eloquence.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Never wrestle with a strong man nor bring a rich man to court.


Latvian Proverb (Sayings of Latvian origin)


Be advised what thou dost discourse of, and what thou maintainest whether touching religion, state, or vanity; for if thou err in the first, thou shalt be accounted profane; if in the second, dangerous; if in the third, indiscreet and foolish.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.'


Philip Roth (1933-, American novelist)


Never say "oops" in the operating room.


Dr. Leo Troy


Better a living dog than a dead lion.


Author Unknown


Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious.


Arthur (Duke of Wellington) Wellesley (1769-1852, British statesman, military leader)


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