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Those who, in the confidence of superior capacities or attainments, neglect the common maxims of life, should be reminded that nothing will supply the want of prudence; but that negligence and irregularity, long continued, will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The first years of man must make provision for the last.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rasselas (ch. XVII)

I love prudence very little, if it is not moral.
      - Joseph Joubert

No god is absent where prudence dwells.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

No other protection is wanting, provided you are under the guidance of prudence.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

One has no protecting power save prudence.
  [Lat., Nullum numen habes si sit prudentia.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 365)

When we are young we lay up for old age; when we are old we save for death.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

I bend and do not break.
  [Fr., Je plie et ne romps pas.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (IX, 14)

Too many expedients may spoil an affair.
  [Fr., Le trop d'expedients peut gater une affaire.]
      - Jean de la Fontaine, Fables (IX, 14)

Prudence and love are inconsistent; in proportion as the last increases, the other decreases.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There is no praise we have not lavished upon prudence; and yet she cannot assure to us the most trifling event.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Don't cross the bridge till you come to it,
  Is a proverb old, and of excellent wit.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. VI)

Prudence is that virtue by which we discern what is proper to be done under the various circumstances of time and place.
      - John Milton

Between the tree and the bark it is better not to put your finger.
  [Fr., Entre l'arbre et l'ecorce il n'y faut pas mettre le doigt.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Medicin Malgre Lui (act I, sc. 2)

One must draw back in order to leap better.
  [Fr., Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, ch. XXXVIII)

It is prudence that first forsakes the wretched.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Believe me; it is prudence that first forsakes the wretched.
  [Lat., Crede mihi; miseros prudentia prima relinquit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 12, 47)

In ancient times all things were cheape,
  'Tis good to looke before thou leape,
    When corne is ripe 'tis time to reape.
      - Martin (Martyn) Parker,
        The Roxbughe Ballads--An Excellent New Medley

The virtuous woman flees from danger; she trusts more to her prudence in shunning it than in her strength to overcome it.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.
  [Lat., Cito rumpes arcum, semper si tensum habueris.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (bk. III, 14)

With a grain of salt. [To accept a statement with doubt.]
  [Lat., Cum grano salis.]
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus),
        Natural History

It seems as if prudence exhaled a perfume.
      - Achille Poincelot

Do not limp before the lame.
  [Old Fr., Ne clochez pas devant les boyteus.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua

Prevention is the daughter of intelligence.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        Letter to Sir Robert Cecil

Prudence is not poverty; it is the thorny road to wealth.
      - Charles Reade

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