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Discretion is the better part of valor.
by William Shakespeare

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare PHOTO

 

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
- William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

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O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which
doth mock the meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- William Shakespeare

Be true to thyself.
- William Shakespeare
(paraphrase of Shakespeare's famous quote)

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

To thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.
- William Shakespeare

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare

When a father gives to his son, both laugh;
when a son gives to his father, both cry.
- William Shakespeare

In time we hate that which we often fear.
- William Shakespeare

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
- William Shakespeare

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

The course of true love never did run smooth.
- William Shakespeare

Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
- William Shakespeare

Love is blind.
- William Shakespeare

Love sought is good,
but given unsought is better.
- William Shakespeare

A peace is of the nature of a conquest;
for then both parties nobly are subdued,
and neither party loser.
- William Shakespeare

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
- William Shakespeare

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench
the fire of love with words.
- William Shakespeare

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet
- William Shakespeare

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great,
some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
- William Shakespeare

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
- William Shakespeare

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.
- William Shakespeare

Being born is like being kidnapped.
And then sold into slavery.
- William Shakespeare

Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!
- William Shakespeare

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
- William Shakespeare

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.
- William Shakespeare

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
- William Shakespeare

Brevity is the soul of wit.
- William Shakespeare

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
- William Shakespeare

An overflow of good converts to bad.
- William Shakespeare

Boldness be my friend.
- William Shakespeare

Absence from those we love is self from self -
a deadly banishment.
- William Shakespeare

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
- William Shakespeare

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods;
they kill us for their sport.
- William Shakespeare

As he was valiant, I honour him.
But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
- William Shakespeare

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
- William Shakespeare

Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new- hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade.
- William Shakespeare

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

The first duty of a state is to see that every child
born therein shall be well housed,
clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
- John Ruskin

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

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
- Evelyn Waugh

Every man has his dignity.
I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion
and not when someone else tells me to.
- Denis Diderot

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,
and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is
more than to speak in good words,
or in good order.
- Francis Bacon

Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory.
Without memory we'd have amnesia. What good would there be in that?
Offer discretion and discernment for our past
with a broad spectrum of forgiveness.
As for our present moment, delight.
And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which
he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours.
This right flows from the very nature of man.
- William Godwin

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Discretion is the perfection of reason,
and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
- Walter Scott

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
- Hannah More

The rest is a mere matter of detail,
to be settled with judgment,
discretion, and caution.
- John Griffin Carlisle

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion;
even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine


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