The awful daring of a moment's surrender Which an age of prudence can never retract. 306
If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and Prudence justify.Alexander Hamilton
Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be spent: deliberation, which those who begin it by Prudence , and continue it with subtlety, must, after long experience of thought conclude by chance. To prefer one future mode of life to another, upon just reason, requires faculties which it has not pleased our Creator to give us.
The softest breeze to fairest flowers gives birth: Think not that Prudence dwells in dark abodes, She scans the future with the eye of gods.william wordsworth
Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and switfly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and Prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider's web would have to stop a fallen rock.jonathan edwards
Il est un temps où le courage et l'audace tranquilles deviennent pour un peuple aux moments clés de son existence la seule forme de Prudence convenable. S'il n'accepte pas alors le risque calculé des grandes étapes, il peut manquer sa carrière à tout jamais, exactement comme l'homme qui a peur de la vie.rené lévesque
Which do you believe most likely to enter an insane convention, a body of English gentlemen honoured by the favour of their Sovereign and the confidence of their fellow-subjects, managing your affairs for five years, I hope with Prudence, and not altogether without success, or a sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself?benjamin disraeli
My mother took too much, a great deal too much, care of me; she over-educated, over-instructed, over-dosed me with premature lessons of Prudence: she was so afraid that I should ever do a foolish thing, or not say a wise one, that she prompted my every word, and guided my every action. So I grew up, seeing with her eyes, hearing with her ears, and judging with her understanding, till, at length, it was found out that I had not eyes, ears or understanding of my own.Maria Edgeworth
I have seen a trifle decide the most important issues in the gravest affairs. It is only by Prudence , wisdom , and dexterity, that great ends are attained and obstacles overcome. Without these qualities nothing succeeds
For Prudence, is but Experience; which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto.thomas hobbes
Prudence, and experience, suggested she expect the worst.jack mcdevitt
Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.
I said that this would be a Budget based on Prudence for a purpose and that guides us also in our approach to public spending.gordon brown
Antonius [i. e., C. Antonius Hybrida] heartily agreed with him [i. e., M. Tullius Cicero] that the budget should be balanced, that the Treasury should be refilled, that public debt should be reduced, that the arrogance of the generals should be tempered and controlled, that assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt, that the mobs should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence, and that Prudence and frugality should be put into practice as soon as possible.taylor caldwell
Since, though I do not repent my amorous exploits, I am far from wanting my example to contribute to the corruption of the fair sex, which deserves our homage for so many reasons, I hope that my observations will foster Prudence in fathers and mothers and thus at least deserve their esteem.giacomo casanova
Alcohol-inspired fights … are a reminder of the price we pay for our daily submission at the altars of Prudence and order.Alain de Botton
...for the truth is, I am gone something further in hate to the English Government than perhaps you and the rest of my friends are, and certainly further than can with Prudence be avowed. The triumph of the French Government over the English does in fact afford me a degree of pleasure which it is very difficult to disguise.charles james fox
Lucretius was passionate, and much more in need of exhortations to Prudence than Epicurus was. He committed suicide, and appears to have suffered from periodic insanity – brought on, so some averred, by the pains of love or the unintended effects of a love philtre.lucretius
Self-denial is not a virtue : it is only the effect of Prudence on rascality.George Bernard Shaw
It is when physicians are bogged down by their incomplete technologies, by the innumerable things they are obliged to do in medicine when they lack a clear understanding of disease mechanisms, that the deficiencies of the health-care system are most conspicuous. If I were a policy-maker, interested in saving money for health care over the long haul, I would regard it as an act of high Prudence to give high priority to a lot more basic research in biologic science.lewis thomas
Common sense is a phrase employed to denote that degree of intelligence, sagacity, and Prudence, which is common to all men.
There are many situations in life, and particularly in the commercial world, where a man cannot by any diligence inform himself of the degree of credit which ought to be given to the persons with whom he deals; in which cases he must apply to those whose sources of intelligence enable them to give that information. The law of Prudence leads him to apply to them, and the law of morality ought to induce them to give the information required.
I hold that the real policy of England apart from questions which involve her own particular interests is to be the champion of justice and right; pursuing that course with moderation and Prudence, not becoming the Quixote of the world, but giving the weight of her moral sanction and support wherever she thinks that justice is, and wherever she thinks that wrong has been done.
The moment the very name of Ireland is mentioned, the English seem to bid adieu to common feeling, common Prudence, and to common sense, and to act with the barbarity of tyrants, and the fatuity of idiots.
The same Prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.thomas jefferson
An ounce of Prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.
Cautious silence is where Prudence takes refuge.
It is a revolution; a revolution of the most intense character; in which belief in the justice, Prudence, and wisdom of secession is blended with the keenest sense of wrong and outrage, and it can no more be checked by human effort for the time than a prairie fire by a gardener’s watering pot.