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[ Also see Care Carefulness Caution Common Sense Conservatism Consideration Discernment Foresight Indiscretion Intelligence Judgment Policy Prudence Reflection Self-control Sense Tact Thought Wisdom ]

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to win all the duties of life.
      - Joseph Addison

If we look into communities and divisions of men, we observe that the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, guides the conversation, and gives measure to society.
      - Joseph Addison

The greatest parts, without discretion as observed by an elegant writer, may be fatal to their owner; as Polyphemus, deprived of his eyes, was only the more exposed on account of his enormous strength and stature.
      - Joseph Addison

There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion.
      - Joseph Addison

Neither coquetry nor love is imbued with discretion.
      - Sophie Arnould

It shew'd discretion, the best part of valor.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        A King and No King (act IV, sc. 3)

  And hardy valor are the twins of honor,
    And nurs'd together, make a conqueror;
      Divided, but a talker.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XI, v. 22)

Discretion is more necessary to women than eloquence, because they have less trouble to speak well than to speak little.
      - Father du Bosc

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

Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one preserves, the other sweetens it.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

I do ride contend against the advantages of distrust. In the world we live in, it is but too necessary. Some of old called it the very sinews of discretion.
      - Edmund Burke

Quoth he, That man is sure to lose,
  That fouls his hands with dirty foes;
    For where no honor's to be gain'd,
      'Tis thrown away in being maintain'd.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

All persons are not discreet enough to know how to take things by the right handle.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Swift calls discretion low prudence; it is high prudence, and one of the most important elements entering into either social or political life.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Even in a hero's heart
  Discretion is the better part.
      - Charles Churchill

Always man needs woman for his friend. He needs her clearer vision, her subtler insight, her softer thought, her winged soul, her pure and tender heart. Always woman needs man to be her friend. She needs the vigor of his purpose, the ardor of his will, his calmer judgment, his braver force of action, his reverence and his devotion.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

Without discretion, people may be overlaid with unreasonable affection, and choked with too much nourishment.
      - Jeremy Collier

If a cause be good, the most violent attack of its enemies will not injure it so much as an injudicious defence of it by its friends.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is about to be sold, and the other to be buried.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Discreet women have sometimes neither eyes nor ears.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

If thou art a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end.
      - Leon Michel Gambetta

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
      - Thomas Hardy

In a state where discretion begins, law, liberty, and safety end.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

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