Friday, 1 June 2012

Discretion

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

Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions. - William O. Douglas

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit. - American Proverb

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any. - Arthur Wellesley

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. - Francis Bacon

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. - Unknown

Discretion is the better part of valour. - Unknown

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

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

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

Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action. - Hamlet

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

Of all the virtues, discretion began to seem the most rewarding: it kept people guessing and sometimes, by default, admiring. - Julia Glass

There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life. - Joseph Addison

Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend: be discreet. - Unknown

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