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Max Ehrmann

“Desiderata" Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Business | Caution | Character | Counsel | Discipline | Distress | Doubt | Dreams | God | Good | Haste | Life | Life | Loneliness | Love | Misfortune | Noise | Peace | Right | Silence | Soul | Spirit | Story | Strength | Surrender | Truth | Universe | Virtue | Virtue | Will | World | Youth | Business | Counsel | Child |

Publius Syrus

It is well to learn caution by the misfortunes of others.

Caution | Character | Learn |

Robertson Davies

The whole world is burdened with young fogies. Old men with ossified minds are easily dealt with. But men who look young and everlasting harp on the fact that they are young, but who nevertheless think and act with a degree of caution that would be excessive in their grandfathers, are the curses of the world.

Caution | Men | Wisdom | World | Old | Think |

Publius Syrus

It is a good thing to learn caution by the misfortunes of others.

Caution | Good | Wisdom | Learn |

Mayer Rothschild, fully Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune; and when you have got it, it requires ten times as much wit to keep it.

Boldness | Caution | Fortune | Wisdom | Wit |

Waldo Beach, fully William Waldo Beach

It is not just negative inertia and caution which lie behind racial discrimination, but the positive counterfaiths which produce them. The “conflicting valuations” turn out to be a warfare of the gods in the soul of man. Ultimately the racial problem is not one of hypocrisy but idolatry.

Caution | Hypocrisy | Man | Soul | Inertia |

Baltasar Gracián

It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.

Caution | Truth |

Bertrand Russell, fully Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

Of all the forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Caution | Love |

Charles Caleb Colton

When young, we trust ourselves too much and we trust others too little when old. Rashness is the error of youth, timid caution of age. Manhood is the isthmus between the two extremes; the ripe and fertile season of action, when alone we can hope to find the head to contrive, united with the hand to execute.

Action | Age | Caution | Error | Hope | Little | Rashness | Trust | Youth |

Epictetus "the Stoic" NULL

If a man should transfer caution to those things in which the will may be exercised and the acts of the will, he will immediately, by willing to be cautious, have also the power of avoiding what he chooses: but if he transfer it to the things which are not in his power and will, and attempt to avoid the things which are in the power of others, he will of necessity fear, he will be unstable, he will be disturbed. For death or pain is not formidable, but the fear of pain or death.

Caution | Death | Fear | Man | Necessity | Pain | Power | Will |

James Bryant Conant

When young, we trust ourselves too much and we trust others too little when old. Rashness is the error of youth, timid caution of age. Manhood is the isthmus between the two extremes; the ripe and fertile season of action, when alone we can hope to find the head to contrive, united with the hand to execute.

Action | Age | Caution | Error | Hope | Little | Rashness | Trust | Youth |

Joseph Addison

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Caution | Experience | Friend | Genius | Hope | Life | Life | Perseverance | Success | Wise |

Emma Goldman

Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.

Caution | Enough | Mankind |

Gary Ryan Blair

Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.

Caution | Failure | Failure |

Gary Ryan Blair

Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity.

Caution | Failure | Risk | Success | Failure |

Bawa Mahaiyadden, fully Muhammad Raheem Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

O man, no matter what you have studied or how much you have studied, do not follow the ways of your mind with conceit in your learning. Ask a man of wisdom who is on the path and follow his directions. If you do not meet a man of wisdom, lay your heart open and ask even a tree or a wall. The power of God within your heart called conscience will caution you and guide you. It will say, "Go," or "Don't go," "Right," or "Wrong." If your heart is open, your conscience will provide useful fruit which will benefit your journey through life.

Caution | Conscience | God | Heart | Journey | Man | Mind | Power | Will | Wisdom | God |

Randall Jarrell

That razor-edge where Greed and Caution meet.

Caution | Greed |