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I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian political philosopher and statesman.

Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.

It is no less a feat to keep what you have, than to increase it. In one there is chance, the other will be a work of art.

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.

Nothing can be done quickly and prudently at the same time.

Publilius Syrus (1st Centry BC-?) Roman writer and poet.

All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.


Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

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

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) English novelist and dramatist.