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Discretion Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Discretion are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

Related topics: Life Human-Nature Psychology

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

I know of 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.
- Thomas Jefferson

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

 

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never
making a mistake as by never repeating it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory.
Without memory we'd have amnesia. What good would there be in that?
Offer discretion and discernment for our past
with a broad spectrum of forgiveness.
As for our present moment, delight.
And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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.
- Francis Bacon


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By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

The first duty of a state is to see that every child
born therein shall be well housed,
clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
- John Ruskin

Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which
he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours.
This right flows from the very nature of man.
- William Godwin

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion;
even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
- Hannah More

Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.
- Junius

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

Every man has his dignity.
I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion
and not when someone else tells me to.
- Denis Diderot

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden

Discretion is the perfection of reason,
and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
- Walter Scott

Judgment is not upon all occasions required,
but discretion always is.
- Philip Stanhope

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

The rest is a mere matter of detail,
to be settled with judgment,
discretion, and caution.
- John Griffin Carlisle

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
- Evelyn Waugh

So long as the laws remain such as they are today,
employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so;
but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves
for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
- Marquis de Sade

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper,
may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin,
or follow bad courses, out of charitable design,
and with hope to reclaim them.
- Isaac Barrow

Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion,
such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews.
Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily
serve with the help of God,
to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some,
following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
- Pope Gregory VII

The basic structure of proteins is quite simple:
they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete
subunits called amino acids.
- Michael Behe

Males do not represent two discrete populations,
heterosexual and homosexual.
The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats.
Not all things are black nor all things white.
- Alfred Kinsey

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.
- John Shirley

A discrete series is a series of terms each of which is empirically derived,
each one of which is empirically true.
And this is the reason for the fragmentary character of those poems.
- George Oppen

At the head of these new discoveries and insights comes
the establishment of the facts that electricity is
composed of discrete particles of equal size,
or quanta, and that light is an electromagnetic wave motion.
- Johannes Stark

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The basic problems facing the world today
are not susceptible to a military solution.
- John F. Kennedy

There is no person in this room whose basic rights
are not involved in any successful defiance
to the carrying out of court orders.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual
right and an essential condition for sustainable development,
especially in developing countries.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic
need for education in our society.
- Kent Conrad

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

Life is an organic whole. The basic problems of the people -
poverty, ignorance, disease and civic inertia - interlock.
To address one problem, we must address all.
Hence our emphasis on an integrated program
of livelihood, education, health and self-government.
- Jimmy Yen

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

The very idea of marriage is basic to recognition as equals in our society;
any status short of that is inferior,
unjust, and unconstitutional.
- Ted Olson

It all comes back to the basic.
Serve customers the best-tasting food at a good value in a clean,
comfortable restaurant, and they'll keep coming back.
- Dave Thomas

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle,
you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.
- Tennessee Williams

Clean air is a basic right.
The responsibility to ensure that falls to Congress and the president.
- Thomas Carper

Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Only truthful hands write true poems.
I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
- Paul Celan

My commitment to the security and future of Israel
is based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest.
Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage.
- Gerald R. Ford

My impression, is that prayer is one of the most basic forms of magic.
That it's harnessing the powers of your mind.
- Boyd Rice

I love sport because I love life, and sport is one
of the basic joys of life.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I still believe in the nonviolent Jesus and the basic
human goodness present in all of us.
- Martin Sheen

I play a couple basic folks songs and break them down.
I did that on a six string.
I can't recall all the songs on it.
There's some finger picking on it.
- Roger McGuinn

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
But why? Why do you choose one set of tools rather than another?
- James D. Houston

And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion,
which is that our global economy is out of control
and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics.
- David Korten

Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
- Elizabeth Goudge

There's a basic human weakness inherent in all people
which tempts them to want what they can't have and
not want what is readily available to them.
- M. Kathleen Casey

Between rounds of speed chess I read enough of a programming
manual to teach myself to write programs on the school's
DEC mainframe in the language Basic.
- Eric Allin Cornell

I have confidence in people's basic common sense.
- Dixie Lee Ray

The Good Friday Agreement and the basic rights and
entitlements of citizens that are enshrined within
it must be defended and actively promoted by London and Dublin.
- Gerry Adams

I think your program has to reflect what your basic feelings are.
I'll plead guilty to that.
- Frank Reynolds

The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity
are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed.
- Frederica Montseny

The rule of law in place of force, always basic to my thinking,
now takes on a new relevance in a world where,
if war is to go, only law can replace it.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

Life is supplied with a basic adequacy.
- E. Stanley Jones

I do think actually in this case the government does
get credit for funding some of the basic research.
- Steve Case


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