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Discretion Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Discretion.

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden

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

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

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

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

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers
of the society but the people themselves;
and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise
their control with a wholesome discretion,
the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
- Thomas Jefferson

Judgment is not upon all occasions required,
but discretion always is.
- Philip Stanhope

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

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

Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.
- Junius

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

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

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

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 not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper,
may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin,
or follow bad courses, out of charitable design,
and with hope to reclaim them.
- Isaac Barrow

So long as the laws remain such as they are today,
employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so;
but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves
for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
- Marquis de Sade

Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion,
such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews.
Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily
serve with the help of God,
to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some,
following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
- Pope Gregory VII

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.
- John Shirley

A discrete series is a series of terms each of which is empirically derived,
each one of which is empirically true.
And this is the reason for the fragmentary character of those poems.
- George Oppen

The basic structure of proteins is quite simple:
they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete
subunits called amino acids.
- Michael Behe

Males do not represent two discrete populations,
heterosexual and homosexual.
The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats.
Not all things are black nor all things white.
- Alfred Kinsey

At the head of these new discoveries and insights comes
the establishment of the facts that electricity is
composed of discrete particles of equal size,
or quanta, and that light is an electromagnetic wave motion.
- Johannes Stark

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles.
Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge,
it repeats the same knowledge,
it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again.
No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence.
No-mind is the real way to live,
the real way to know, the real way to be.
- Osho

Zen says that if you drop knowledge -
and within knowledge everything is included;
your name, your identity, everything,
because this has been given to you by others -
if you drop all that has been given by others,
you will have a totally different quality to your being: innocence.
This will be a crucifixion of the persona, the personality,
and there will be a resurrection of your innocence.
You will become a child again, reborn.
- Osho

It may part of a one way evolution...
or it may be we are currently on the downside of an
innocence cycle where one day,
with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again.
- Christopher Knight

Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Art is the fatal net which catches these strange moments
on the wing like mysterious butterflies,
fleeing the innocence and distraction of common men.
- Giorgio de Chirico

Whether we knew many who died on September 11 or personally knew none,
we all lost something on that day.
Innocence.
Security.
A trust that our homeland would always be safe.
- Bob Taft

Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals
go free than let one innocent man be executed.
The Innocence Project represents that point of view.
- Norman Lamm

Atheism is aristocratic; the idea of a great Being
that watches over oppressed innocence and punishes
triumphant crime is altogether popular.
- Maximilien Robespierre

I think innocence is something that adults project
upon children that's not really there.
- Donna Tartt

The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.
- Irving Howe

The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses
that proceed from innocence.
- Flannery O'Connor

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
- Donna Tartt

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

There have always been poets who performed.
Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
- Adrian Mitchell

I started writing books for children because I could
illustrate them myself and because,
in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.
- Mark Haddon

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus

What innocence, may I ask, is being played here when
it is known that this virtuous damsel has already got
a dozen illegitimate children?
- Nikita Khrushchev

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
- A. E. Housman

Jesse Jackson, when I met him, he had an innocence
about him which is still very much a part of him today.
- Jackie Jackson

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends,
for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action?
- Arthur Miller

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence
cannot imagine being under suspicion.
- Pierre Corneille

Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.
- Bishop Robert South

The more decadent a culture gets, the more they have
a need for what they don't have at all,
which is innocence, so you end up with kiddie porn
and a perverse obsession with youth.
- Joni Mitchell

Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes
on with innocence the first time.
Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.
- Daniel Day Lewis

Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness.
One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the
loss of one's prejudices.
- Denis Diderot

Power is something of which I am convinced there is
no innocence this side of the womb.
- Nadine Gordimer

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution,
is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
- Mignon McLaughlin

I had no idea that he was going to write that,
but I've always believed that insecurity was what would
keep you always in your innocence,
no matter what the business did.
- Sally Kirkland

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -
a lot passes you by -
simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
- Anita Brookner

The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration,
and feign innocence vis a vis language,
because language is never innocent.
- Juan Goytisolo

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits
of innocence and blessedness.
- William C. Bryant

All things truly wicked start from innocence.
- Ernest Hemingway


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