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

Henry Fielding Quotes

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If thou art terrible to many, then beware of many. [Lat., Multis terribilis, caveto multos.]

Decimus Magnus Ausonius Quotes , Source: Septem Sapientum Sententioe Septenis Versibus Explicatoe (IV, 5)

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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

Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

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Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

William Shakespeare Quotes

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Good nature without prudence, is foolishness

Proverb Quotes

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If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.

Omar Bradley Quotes

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Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.

William Blake Quotes

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Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human life

Akhenaton Quotes

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If a wise man behaves prudently, how can he be overcome by his enemies? Even a single man, by right action, can overcome a host of foes.

Saskya Pandita Quotes

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Prudent people are very happy; 'tis an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of Death the Humour of saying what I think.

Mary Worley Montagu Quotes

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It is always good When a man has two irons in the fire.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: The Faithful Friends (act I, sc. 2)

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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 Quotes , Source: Isaiah (ch. XXIII, v. 23)

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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 Quotes , Source: Luke (ch. XII, v. 35-36)

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

Bible Quotes , Source: Luke (ch. XII, v. 35-36)

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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) Quotes , Source: Works (bk. IV, tit. I, c. 2, sec. IV)

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Look before you ere you leap.

Samuel Butler (1) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. II, canto I)

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'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) Quotes , Source: Hudibras (pt. III, canto I, l. 1)

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Let us not throw the rope after the bucket. [Sp., No arrojemos la soga tras el caldero.]

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote (II, 9)

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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 Quotes , Source: Bussy d'Ambois (act II, sc. 1)

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Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Officiis (I, 43)

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I prefer silent prudence to loquacious folly. [Lat., Malo indisertam prudentiam, quam loquacem stultitiam.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Oratore (III, 35)

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Precaution is better than cure. [Lat., Praestat cautela quam medela.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Oratore (III, 35)

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According to her cloth she cut her coat.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Fables--Cock and Fox (l. 20)

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. . . 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 Quotes , Source: Letter X, to James VI

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For chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

Euripides Quotes , Source: Pirithous, (adapted)

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