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Discretion Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Discretion

Please enjoy these Discretion Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

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The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
- Evelyn Waugh

 

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.
- Junius

Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which
he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours.
This right flows from the very nature of man.
- William Godwin

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Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The rest is a mere matter of detail,
to be settled with judgment,
discretion, and caution.
- John Griffin Carlisle

Judgment is not upon all occasions required,
but discretion always is.
- Philip Stanhope

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
- Hannah More

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never
making a mistake as by never repeating it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory.
Without memory we'd have amnesia. What good would there be in that?
Offer discretion and discernment for our past
with a broad spectrum of forgiveness.
As for our present moment, delight.
And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden

Every man has his dignity.
I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion
and not when someone else tells me to.
- Denis Diderot

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion;
even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

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

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

The first duty of a state is to see that every child
born therein shall be well housed,
clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
- John Ruskin

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

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

Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion,
such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews.
Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

So long as the laws remain such as they are today,
employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so;
but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves
for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
- Marquis de Sade

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper,
may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin,
or follow bad courses, out of charitable design,
and with hope to reclaim them.
- Isaac Barrow

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily
serve with the help of God,
to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some,
following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
- Pope Gregory VII

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers
of the society but the people themselves;
and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise
their control with a wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
- Thomas Jefferson

Males do not represent two discrete populations,
heterosexual and homosexual.
The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats.
Not all things are black nor all things white.
- Alfred Kinsey

A discrete series is a series of terms each of which is empirically derived,
each one of which is empirically true.
And this is the reason for the fragmentary character of those poems.
- George Oppen

The basic structure of proteins is quite simple:
they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete
subunits called amino acids.
- Michael Behe

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.
- John Shirley

At the head of these new discoveries and insights comes
the establishment of the facts that electricity is
composed of discrete particles of equal size,
or quanta, and that light is an electromagnetic wave motion.
- Johannes Stark

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

There are not many males, black or white,
who wish to get involved with a woman who's committed to her own development.
- Eleanor Holmes Norton

Males transmit signals in courtship through behavioral displays.
- Peter R. Grant

High status males had multiple wives or additional
mating opportunities in the ancestral environment.
- Keith Henson

Scientists now believe that the primary biological
function of breasts is to make males stupid.
- Dave Barry

I spent my whole life trying to play the games males play.
- Elisabeth Shue

This idea that males are physically aggressive and
females are not has distinct drawbacks for both sexes.
- Katherine Dunn

White males are the most responsible for the destruction
of human life and environment on the planet today.
- Robin Morgan

The whole tone now of TV is under 35 and directed toward males.
- Sharon Gless

The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Writing about dead white males seems to be out of favor among academics.
- Ron Chernow

There's a call to adventure.
It's something in the inner psyche of humanity,
particularly males.
- Gary Gygax

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment
to becoming the rich instead of the poor,
the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
- Andrea Dworkin

Women tend to give political candidates only about
10 percent of what males give,
and males give women candidates only 10 percent of what they give to males.
- Maureen Reagan

Our main reasons for fearing males having sex with
males is that you really had to construct a more powerful
social role to keep men in their place than you did
to keep women in their place.
- Warren Farrell

I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are
fantastic people and I love hanging out with them.
But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life,
does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women.
- Ryan Seacrest

I'm sure that you could go back and make a graph showing
that all the killings of black males increased in times of economic difficulty.
As a matter of fact, a black man was lynched last year.
- Ishmael Reed

The common erotic project of destroying women makes
it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood;
this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork
for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.
- Andrea Dworkin

Fifteen years ago, while I was temporarily chairing
meetings of pro-life leaders,
I pleaded with the angry males to say no to interviews,
and instead let beautiful pro-life women become the face for the movement.
- Marvin Olasky

We are turning against boys and forgetting a simple truth:
that the energy,
competitiveness, and corporal daring of normal,
decent males is responsible for much of what is right in the world.
- Christina Hoff Sommers

We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a
newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension
in black males being higher than whites,
and increasing.
So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times,
had hypertension.
- Norman Lear

One can make a case that says that since 85% of children
being brought up in single family homes are being brought
up by women that about 85% of elementary school teachers
should be males to balance out the feminization that
the boys and girls receive.
- Warren Farrell

The first census in 1790 asked just six questions:
the name of the head of the household,
the number of free white males older than 16,
the number of free white males younger than 16,
the number of free white females, the number of other free persons,
and the number of slaves.
- Tom G. Palmer

About 10,000 years ago, males and females were acting
equitably and were treating one another as equals,
and then males took over the power, because they have
physical power and physical strength.
- Jane Elliot

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell


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