A Quote by Robert Burns on caution, expectation, joy, life, and play

O Life! how pleasant is thy morning, Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning! Cold-pausing Caution's lesson scorning, We frisk away, Like schoolboys at th' expected warning, To joy and play.

Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Source: Epistle to James Smith.

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on boldness, caution, fortune, and skill

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Patrick Henry on argument, caution, constitution, evil, government, presidency, style, and world

Patrick Henry opposed the federal Constitution not only because it lacked a Bill of Rights in its unamended form, but also because it would establish a "consolidated government" rather than a confederation of states. It is proper to note George F. Willison's caution that "[s]peeches by Henry and others, as reported, were approximations of what was said. . . . The 'shorthand gentlemen' of the convention did not attempt a verbatim report of everything that was said. Rather, they reported the lines of argument, the special points that were made, but their notes did manage to convey something of the style of the various speakers, picking up and preserving many of their more graphic phrases." (George F. Willison, Patrick Henry and His World, 1969) "The Constitution is said to have beautiful features; but when I come to examine these features, Sir, they appear to me horribly frightful. Among other deformities, it has an awful squinting - it squints towards monarchy. And does not this raise indignation in the breast of every true American? Your president may easily become king. . . . Where are your checks in this government? . . . I would rather infinitely - and I am sure most of this convention are of the same opinion - have a king, lords, and commons than a government so replete with such insupportable evils."

Patrick Henry (1736 - 1799)

Source: at the Virginia convention for constitutional ratification, June, 1788

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A Quote by Otto von Bismarck on caution


A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.

Otto von Bismarck (1815 - 1898)

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A Quote by Neil Gaiman on action, affection, caution, evil, good, and influence

I do not permit affection, or lack thereof, to influence my actions. There is good, and there is evil. The good must be protected; the evil eradicated. I have shown you the triumph of evil, as a caution.

Neil Gaiman (1960 -)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on brothers, caution, elderly, experience, friendship, genius, hope, life, perseverance, success, and wishes

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

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Jack Nicholson on caution


Take caution in your tone, commander. I'm a fair man, but this -- heat is making me absolutely crazy.

Jack Nicholson (1937 -)

Source: As Col. Nathan R. Jessop in A Few Good Men (1992)

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A Quote by Harish-Chandra on belief, caution, certainty, conflict, conventionality, discovery, experience, imagination, intuition, knowledge, roles, and wisdom

I have often pondered over the roles of knowledge or experience, on the one hand, and imagination or intuition, on the other, in the process of discovery. I believe that there is a certain fundamental conflict between the two, and knowledge, by advocating caution, tends to inhibit the flight of imagination. Therefore, a certain naivete, unburdened by conventional wisdom, can sometimes be a positive asset.

Harish-Chandra (1923 - 1983)

Source: R. Langlands, "Harish-Chandra," Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 31 (1985)

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A Quote by George Washington on caution, country, habits, morality, nations, politics, preparation, presidency, prosperity, providence, religion, and virtue

In his address of 19 September 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, President George Washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . . Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue?

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1993, pp. 794-95

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on caution, courage, fear, prudence, and wisdom

There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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