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The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler
I knew a wise man who had it for a by-word when he saw men hasten to a conclusion: "Stay a little, that we may make an end the sooner."
- Francis Bacon
The way out of our narrowness may not be so easy as the way in. The weasel that creeps into the corn-bin has to starve himself before be can leave by the same passage.
- Cyrus Augustus Bartol
All is to be feared where all is to be lost.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)
- Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)
Caution is the lower story of prudence.
- Thomas Carlyle
Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
- Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
Who 'scapes the snare
Once, has a certain caution to beware.
- George Chapman
Confident because of our caution.
Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.
Vessels large may venture more,
But little boats should keep near shore.
- Benjamin Franklin
Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.
- Victor Hugo
A hare is not caught with a drum.
- Jean de la Fontaine
Be cautious and bold.
- Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild
The bird alighteth not on the spread net when it beholds another bird in the snare. Take warning by the misfortunes of others, that others may not take example from you.
- Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)
Pitchers have ears.
- William Shakespeare
Caution, though very often wasted is a good risk to take.
- Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)
But now so wise and wary was the knight
By trial of his former harms and cares,
That he descry'd and shunned still his slight;
The fish, that once was caught, new bait will hardly bite.
- Edmund Spenser
It is a good thing to learn caution by the misfortunes of others.
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus)
Better an ounce from the ground than a pound from the roof.
- The Talmud
Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
- Harry S. Truman
Man's caution often into danger turns, and his guard falling crushes him to death.
- Edward Young
Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.
- Johann Georg von Zimmermann
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