A Quote by Ogden Nash on discretion and virtue

Discretion is the better part of virtue, Commitments the voters don't know about can't hurt you.

Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)

Source: The Old Dog Barks Backwards, 1972, Political Reflection

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A Quote by Leon Michel Gambetta on ability, discretion, and tragedy

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

Leon Michel Gambetta (1838 - 1882)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on consequences, discretion, errors, learning, life, mind, perfection, prejudice, rest, sharing, talent, value, virtue, weakness, wit, work, and world

There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on authority, children, discretion, dreams, duty, education, government, order, and people

I hold it for indisputable, that the first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion. But in order to the effecting this the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Time and Tide

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, constitution, defense, direction, discretion, government, individuality, laws, liberty, military, privacy, and support

To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, defense, discretion, individuality, and privacy

Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on destruction, discretion, and life

We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out discretion, and so disappears the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Elective Affinities

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A Quote by Jean de La Fontaine on discretion

What is denominated discretion in man we call cunning in brutes.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on discretion and speech

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on discretion and good

It is good discretion not make too much of any man at the first; because one cannot hold out that proportion.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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