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





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


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Fortune always fights on the side of the prudent.


Critias of Athens


The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.


Molly Ivins


Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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 (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


Never cut what can be untied.


Portuguese Proverb (Sayings of Portuguese origin)


He that fights and runs away will live to fight another day.


Old English Rhyme


It is no less a feat to keep what you have, than to increase it. In one there is chance, the other will be a work of art.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Never speak of a rope in the family of one who has been hanged.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


He is bad that will not take advice, but he is a thousand times worse that takes every advice.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Never burn a penny candle looking for a halfpenny.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


No matter how much you eat, save some seeds for sowing.


Latvian Proverb (Sayings of Latvian origin)


Nothing can be done quickly and prudently at the same time.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


How wonderful it is to say the right thing at the right time. A good man thinks before he speaks; the evil man pour out his evil words without a thought.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 15:23,28


My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: James 1:19-20


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