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Prudence Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Prudence

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

Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence.
Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
- William E. Gladstone

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If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence,
our servant may prove to be our executioner.
- Omar N. Bradley

Prudence is but experience, which equal time,
equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.
- Thomas Hobbes

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

 

One very clear impression I had of all the Beautiful
People was their prudence.
It may be that they paid for their own airline tickets,
but they paid for little else.
- James Brady

The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable,
for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
- Jonathan Swift

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

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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

We must expect reverses, even defeats.
They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence,
to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our
falling into greater disasters.
- Robert E. Lee

Where passion leads or prudence points the way.
- Robert Lowth

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Temper your enjoyments with prudence,
lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."
- Francis Quarles

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

In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best.
In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best.
- Robert Hall

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

We must believe what is good and true about the prophets,
that they were sages, that they did understand what
proceeded from their mouths,
and that they bore prudence on their lips.
- Origen

There has been a most Providential Guidance which the want of prudence,
vigilance, or judgement has not impeded,
and it is here that we can most clearly see the designs of God.
- Catherine McAuley

Genius always gives its best at first;
prudence,
at last.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events,
because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence.
- John Dryden

You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength,
if you want to raise their character.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Philanthropic humility is necessary if a giver is to do more good than harm,
but it is not sufficient - philanthropic prudence is also needed.
- Marvin Olasky

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

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

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than
becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation.
- Knut Hamsun

Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential.
But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right,
and leaves the consequences to God.
- Robert Dale Owen

But after this natural burst of indignation,
no man of sense, courage, or prudence will waste his
time or his strength in retrospective reproaches or repinings.
- Robert Peel

One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas
from falling into ignorance.
It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save
his strength for battles that can be won.
- Bryant H. McGill

Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels,
and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal,
and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide
and the mistress of human life.
- Akhenaton

I'm not a prude.
On the set, they called me 'Butt Naked.'
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.

I'm certainly not a prude.
- Kim Cattrall

Aren't women prudes if they don't and prostitutes if they do?
- Kate Millett

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not,
will be victorious.
- Sun Tzu

Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire,
but most by calm and prudent forethought.
- Thucydides

With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people,
who keep their own accounts.
- Joseph Addison

Life has no blessing like a prudent friend.
- Euripides

Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason,
knowledge of the harmony of the universe,
and constant practice of generosity.
- Jose Marti

Minor league umpires are evaluated in their respective
leagues each year and rated numerically.
This enables umpires to know where they stand and helps
them make prudent career decisions.
- Jim Evans

A good father believes that he does wisely to encourage enterprise,
productive skill, prudent self-denial,
and judicious expenditure on the part of his son.
- William Graham Sumner

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

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

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment,
every virtue, and every prudent act,
is founded on compromise and barter.
- Edmund Burke

It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes,
than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent.
- Vincent Van Gogh

I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive.
I believe in protecting a woman's right to choose.
I believe in marriage equality.
- Andrew Cuomo

Prudent people are very happy; 'tis an exceeding fine thing,
that's certain, but I was born without it,
and shall retain to my day of Death the Humour of saying what I think.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

The President wishes the Japanese to be very prudent
about the introduction of opium,
and if a treaty is made, he wishes that opium may be strictly prohibited.
- Townsend Harris

The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past,
but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

The prudent person may direct a state,
but it is the enthusiast who regenerates or ruins it.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

It is only prudent never to place complete confidence
in that by which we have even once been deceived.
- Rene Descartes

The young do not know enough to be prudent,
and therefore they attempt the impossible -
and achieve it,
generation after generation.
- Pearl S. Buck

The senses deceive from time to time,
and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.
- Rene Descartes

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything
from the uncertain events of the future.
- Anatole France

Prudent dullness marked him for a mayor.
- Charles Churchill

It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.
- Jean Racine

It's incredible considering the public perception that
he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent,
and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.
- Alan Hansen

What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any
new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans
may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?
- James Madison

And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not,
from the grave.
A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?
- Archilochus

Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.
- Periander

This Budget reflects a choice - not an easy choice,
but the right choice.
And when you think about it, the only choice.
The choice to take the responsible, prudent path to fiscal stability,
economic growth and opportunity.
- George E. Pataki

The moment is ripe for an experienced businessman to talk practical,
prudent economics to the electorate -
which is why Mitt Romney's political fortunes are steadily
being resurrected from the grave.
- Camille Paglia

In order to set forth the goodness of God towards myself,
I have thought it prudent to record some of the leading incidents of my life,
as a means of setting forth to my children that He
is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.
- William Rowley

I have serious concerns about whether it's prudent
to give any foreign country substantial leverage over the U.S.
economy.
Instead of spending $80 billion on important programs here at home,
we're sending this money overseas just to pay interest on our debt.
- Tim Johnson

The prudent see only the difficulties,
the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise;
the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate,
and so conquers.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

We will always apply the same principles of collective security,
prudent caution, and superior weaponry that enabled
us to peacefully prevail in the long cold war against the Soviet Union.
- Theodore C. Sorensen

If slavery, limited as it yet is, now threatens to
subvert the Constitution,
how can we as wise and prudent statesmen,
enlarge its boundaries and increase its influence,
and thus increase already impending dangers?
- William H. Seward

To state the facts frankly
is not to despair the future nor indict the past.
The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies
and gives a faithful accounting
to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.
- John F. Kennedy

And I think it's a prudent, responsible way,
given the scale of the emergency, the scale of the
damage still facing America,
that we finance these additional support for the unemployed
as well as the support for small business.
We think there's a good case for doing it now.
We want to do it in an overall fiscally responsible way.
- Timothy Geithner

Remember the Tea Party movement didn't get started
in September of 2008 when the bank bailout was passed.
It really began on Feb.
19th, 2009 when a television commentator named Rick
Santelli stood up and said what the hell are we doing
bailing out people who couldn't afford a mortgage by
taking money from people like me who are prudent?
- Karl Rove

The prudent course is to make an investment in learning,
testing and understanding, determine how the new concepts
compare to how you now operate and thoughtfully determine
how they apply to what you want to achieve in the future.
- Dee Hock


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