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Be prudent, and if you hear, . . . some insult or some threat, . . . have the appearance of not hearing it.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant),
        Handsome Lawrence (ch. II)

All these you may avoid but the Lie Direct; and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven justices could not take up a quarrel, but when the parties were met themselves, one of them thought but of an If, as "If you said so, then I said so;" and they shook hands and swore brothers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much virtue in If.
      - William Shakespeare

Be advis'd;
  Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
    That it do singe yourself: we may outrun,
      By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
        And lose by over-running.
      - William Shakespeare

For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes,
  And hold-fast is the only dog.
      - William Shakespeare

Love all, trust a few,
  Do wrong to none. Be able for thine enemy
    Rather in power than use, and keep thy friend
      Under thy own life's key. Be checked for silence,
        But never taxed for speech.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Countess of Rossillion at I, i)

And since the quarrel
  Will bear no color for the thing he is,
    Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,
      Would run to these and these extremities;
        And therefore think him as a serpent's egg,
          Which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous,
            And kill him in the shell.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Brutus at II, i)

In my schooldays, when I had lost one shaft
  I shot his fellow of the selfsame flight
    The selfsame way, with more advised watch,
      To find the other forth; and by adventuring both
        I oft found both.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at I, i)

Self-denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Prudence, like experience, must be paid for.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

That should be considered long which can be decided but once.
  [Lat., Deliberandum est diu, quod statuendum semel.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

You will conquer more surely by prudence than by passion.
  [Lat., Consilio melius vinces quam iracundia.]
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

It is well to moor your bark with two anchors.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (119)

We accomplish more by prudence than by force.
  [Lat., Plura consilio quam vi perficimus.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (II, 26)

Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader.
  [Lat., Ratio et consilium, propriae ducis artes.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (XIII, 20)

As we can, according to the old saying, when we can not, as we would.
  [Lat., Ut quimus, aiunt, quando ut volumnus, non licet.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
         (IV, 5, 10)

I think it is better to have two strings to my bow.
  [Lat., Commodius esse opinor duplici spe utier.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (IV, 2, 13)

Try therefor before ye trust; look before ye leap.
      - John Trapp, Commentary on I Peter
         (III, 17),
        tracing the saying to St. Bernard

Keep close to the shore: let others venture on the deep.
  [Lat., Litus ama: . . . altum alii teneant.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 163)

The richest endowments of the mind are temperance, prudence, and fortitude. Prudence is a universal virtue, which enters into the composition of all the rest; and where she is not, fortitude loses its name and nature.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Prudence supposes the value of the end to be assumed, and refers only to the adaptation of the means. It is the relation of right means for given ends.
      - William Whewell

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