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PRUDENCE
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[ Also see Advice Care Carefulness Caution Choice Circumspection Common Sense Conservatism Consideration Counsel Discretion Economy Expediency Forethought Frugality Indiscretion Intelligence Policy Providence Reflection Safety Self-control Sense Watchfulness Wisdom ]

According to her cloth she cut her coat.
      - John Dryden, Fables--Cock and Fox (l. 20)

. . . Therefore I am wel pleased to take any coulor to defend your honour and hope you wyl remember that who seaketh two strings to one bowe, he may shute strong but never strait.
      - Elizabeth I, Letter X, to James VI

Prudence is the virtue of the senses. It is the science of appearances. It is the outmost action of the inward life.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spurious prudence, making the senses final, is the god of sots and cowards, and is the subject of all comedy. It is nature's joke, and therefore literature's. True prudence limits this sensualism by admitting the knowledge of an internal and real world.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

For chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.
      - Euripides, Pirithous, (adapted)

Prudence is a duty which we owe ourselves, and if we will be so much our own enemies as to neglect it, we are not to wonder if the world is deficient in discharging their duty to us; for when a man lays the foundation of his own ruin, others too often are apt to build upon it.
      - Henry Fielding

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

Yes, I had two strings to my bow; both golden ones, egad! and both cracked.
      - Henry Fielding, Love in Several Masques
         (act V, sc. 13)

Prudence is one of the virtues which were called cardinal by the ancient ethical writers.
      - William Fleming

At a great pennyworth pause a while.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Great Estates may venture more. Little Boats must keep near Shore.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

In the embers shining bright
  A garden grows for thy delight,
    With roses yellow, red, and white.
      But, O my child, beware, beware!
        Touch not the roses growing there,
          For every rose a thorn doth bear.
      - Richard Watson Gilder

Prudent and active men, who know their strength and use it with limit and circumspection, alone go far in the affairs of the world.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who does not stretch himself according to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered.
  [Ger., Wer sich nicht nach der Decke streckt,
    Dem bleiben die Fusse unbedeckt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche In Reimen (III)

Better is to bow than breake.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. IX)

It is good the have a hatch before the durre.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI)

Yee have many strings to your bowe.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI)

So that every man lawfully ordained must bring a bow which hath two strings, a title of present right and another to provide for future possibility or chance.
      - Richard Hooker,
        Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity
         (bk. V, ch. LXXX, no. 9)

He is a dangerous fellow, keep clear of him. (That is: he has hay on his horns, showing he is dangerous.)
  [Lat., Faenum habet in cornu, longe fuge.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (I, IV, 34)

In Virgil's account of the good housewife, who rises early in order to measure out the work of the household, and in Solomon's description of the thrifty woman of his time, one sees the value set upon feminine industry and economy in times far removed from our own.
      - Julia Ward Howe (Howel)

A woman's best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence.
      - Victor Hugo

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Remember that nothing will supply the want of prudence, and 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 great end of prudence is to give cheerfulness to those hours which splendor cannot gild, and acclamation cannot exhilarate.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")


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