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

There must be in prudence also some master virtue.
      - Aristotle

If thou art terrible to many, then beware of many.
  [Lat., Multis terribilis, caveto multos.]
      - Decimus Magnus Ausonius,
        Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe
         (IV, 5)

Be circumspect in your dealings, and let the seed you plant be the offspring of prudence and care; thus fruit follows the fair blossom, as honor follows a good life.
      - Hosea Ballou

It is always good
  When a man has two irons in the fire.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Faithful Friends (act I, sc. 2)

And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XXIII, v. 23)

Let your loins be girded about, and your light burning;
  And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
      - Bible, Luke (ch. XII, v. 35-36)

Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder try.
      - Colonel Blacker

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

And it is a common saying that it is best first to catch the stag, and afterwards, when he has been caught, to skin him.
  [Lat., Et vulgariter dicitur, quod primun oportet cervum capere, et postea, cum captus fuerit, illum excoriare.]
      - Henry de Bracton (Bratton or Bretton),
        Works (bk. IV, tit. I, c. 2, sec. IV)

If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts.
      - Edmund Burke

Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause.
      - Edmund Burke

Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all.
      - Edmund Burke

Look before you ere you leap.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. II, canto I)

'Tis true no lover has that pow'r
  T' enforce a desperate amour,
    As he that has two strings t' his bow,
      And burns for love and money too.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 1)

Dine on little, and sup on less.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Let us not throw the rope after the bucket.
  [Sp., No arrojemos la soga tras el caldero.]
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (II, 9)

Archers ever
  Have two strings to bow; and shall great Cupid
    (Archer of archers both in men and women),
      Be worse provided than a common archer?
      - George Chapman, Bussy d'Ambois
         (act II, sc. 1)

Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Officiis (I, 43)

I prefer silent prudence to loquacious folly.
  [Lat., Malo indisertam prudentiam, quam loquacem stultitiam.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Oratore (III, 35)

Precaution is better than cure.
  [Lat., Praestat cautela quam medela.]
      - Lord Edward Coke

The rules of prudence, like the laws of the stone tables, are for the most part prohibitive. "Thou shalt not" is their characteristic formula.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Prudence is a necessary ingredient in all the virtues, without which they degenerate into folly and excess.
      - Jeremy Collier

A man exercising no forethought will soon experience present sorrow.
      - Confucius

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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