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Prudence Quotes

Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

Fortune always fights on the side of the prudent.

Author: Critias (460-403 BC)

Profession: Athenian Orator, Politician, Pupil of Socrates

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.

Author: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Profession: British Novelist, Dramatist

I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.

Author: Molly Ivins


Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rule of composition; it produces vigilance rather than elevation; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

I consider it a mark of great prudence in a man to abstain from threats or any contemptuous expressions, for neither of these weaken the enemy, but threats make him more cautious, and the other excites his hatred, and a desire to revenge himself.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Profession: Italian Author, Statesman

Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

He that fights and runs away will live to fight another day.

Author: Old English Rhyme


It is no less a feat to keep what you have, than to increase it. In one there is chance, the other will be a work of art.

Author: Ovid

Profession: Roman Poet

Never speak of a rope in the family of one who has been hanged.

Author: French Proverb

Profession: Sayings of French Origin

Nothing can be done quickly and prudently at the same time.

Author: Publilius Syrus

Profession: Roman Writer