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INDISCRETION
[ Also see Discretion Folly Haste Mistake Prudence Rashness Recklessness Tact ]

An indiscreet man is more hurtful than an ill-natured one; for as the latter will only attack his enemies, and those he wishes ill to, the other injures indifferently both friends and foes.
      - Joseph Addison

Three things too much and three too little are pernicious to man: to speak much and know little; to spend much and have little; to presume much and be worth little.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
      - Dr. John Donne

A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage; people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought up against him upon some subsequent occasion.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The generality of men expend the early part of their lives in contributing to render the latter part miserable.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Indiscretion and wickedness, be it known, are first cousins.
      - Ninon de L'Enclos (real name Anne L'Enclos)

We waste our best years in distilling the sweetest flowers of life into potions which, after all, do not immortalize, but only intoxicate.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion.
      - Sydney Smith


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