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Discretion Quotes

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious.

Author: Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852)

Profession: British Statesman, Military Leader

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.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.

Author: Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Profession: British Statesman, Author

For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again.

Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.

Author: Junius (1769-1771)

Profession: Anonymous British Letter Writer

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

Author: Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695)

Profession: French Poet

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.

Author: Hannah More (1745-1833)

Profession: British Writer, Reformer, Philanthropist

Better a living dog than a dead lion.

Author: Proverb


Never wrestle with a strong man nor bring a rich man to court.

Author: Latvian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Latvian Origin

Be advised what thou dost discourse of, and what thou maintainest whether touching religion, state, or vanity; for if thou err in the first, thou shalt be accounted profane; if in the second, dangerous; if in the third, indiscreet and foolish.

Author: Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)

Profession: British Courtier, Navigator, Writer

I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.

Author: Philip Roth (1933)

Profession: American Novelist

Never say ''oops'' in the operating room.

Author: Dr. Leo Troy