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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Prudence (16 Quotations)

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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

 

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Fortune always fights on the side of the prudent.
~ Critias

 

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He that fights and runs away will live to fight another day.
~ Old English Rhyme

 

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

 

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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.
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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

 

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Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
~ Marcus T. Cicero

 

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

 

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There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

 

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