Discretion

An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning.

Foremost among the barriers to equality is the system which ignores the mother’s service to Society in making a home and rearing children. The mother is still the uncharted servant of the future, who receives from her husband, at his discretion, a share in his wages.

Discretion, the best part of valor.

Discretion and hardy valor are the twins of honor, and, nursed together, make a conqueror; divided, but a talker.

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life; cunning is a kind of instinct, that only looks after our immediate interests and welfare. Discretion is only found in men of strong sense and good understanding; cunning is often to be met with in brutes themselves, and in persons who are but the fewest removes from them.

One can pass on responsibility, but not the discretion that goes with it.

Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance and circumspection spread over all we do and say.

Knowledge is the treasure of the mind, but discretion is the key to it, without which it is useless. The practical part of wisdom is the best.

Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end.

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.

It is not good to speak of evil of all whom we know bad; it is worse to judge evil of any who may prove good. To speak ill upon knowledge shows a want of charity; to speak ill upon suspicion shows a want of honesty. I will not speak so bad as I know of many; I will not speak worse than I know of any. To know evil of others and not speak it, is sometimes discretion; to speak evils of others and not know it, is always dishonesty. He may be evil himself who speaks good of others upon knowledge, but he can never be good himself who speaks evil of others upon suspicion.

Silence, when nothing need be said, is the eloquence of discretion.

A sound discretion is not so much indicted by never making a mistake, as by never repeating it.

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life. It is only found in men of sound sense and understanding.

Madness must necessarily have more followers than discretion.

There can be no true pleasantry without discretion.

Politeness is a mixture of discretion, civility, complaisance, and circumspection spread over all we do and say.

Offices are given, but not discretion.

Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end.

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.