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77 Inspirational Quotes on Prudence (WISDOM)

Top 13 Most Famous Quotes on Prudence

“We must expect reverses, even defeats. They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence, to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our falling into greater disasters.”

Robert E. Lee
Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all. - Edmund Burke
Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all. – Edmund Burke
Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto. - Thomas Hobbes
Prudence is but experience, which equal time, equally bestows on all men, in those things they equally apply themselves unto. – Thomas Hobbes
Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Benjamin Franklin
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. – Benjamin Franklin
Prudence is the necessary ingredient in all the virtues, without which they degenerate into folly and excess. - Jeremy Collier
Prudence is the necessary ingredient in all the virtues, without which they degenerate into folly and excess. – Jeremy Collier
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best hearts. - Henry Fielding
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best hearts. – Henry Fielding

Life is always uncertain, and common prudence dictates to every man the necessity of settling his temporal concerns, while it is in his power, and while the mind is calm and undisturbed.”

George Washington
Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Prudence is the knowledge of things to be sought, and those to be shunned. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence. - Democritus
Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence. – Democritus
The eye of prudence may never shut. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The eye of prudence may never shut. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The prudent man does himself good; the virtuous one does it to other men. - Voltaire
The prudent man does himself good; the virtuous one does it to other men. – Voltaire

20 Quotes on Prudence that Will Help You Be Smarter In Life

“Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken.”

Pope Benedict XVI
It is one of the oldest maxims of moral prudence Do not, by aspiring to what is impracticable, lose the opportunity of doing the good you can effect! - William Godwin
It is one of the oldest maxims of moral prudence: Do not, by aspiring to what is impracticable, lose the opportunity of doing the good you can effect! – William Godwin
Prudence is no doubt a valuable quality, but prudence which degenerates into timidity is very seldom the path to safety. - Viscount Cecil
Prudence is no doubt a valuable quality, but prudence which degenerates into timidity is very seldom the path to safety. – Viscount Cecil
In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best. - Robert Hall
In matters of conscience, first thoughts are best. In matters of prudence, last thoughts are best. – Robert Hall
Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy. - Samuel Johnson
Prudence is an attitude that keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy. – Samuel Johnson

“Remember that nothing will supply the want of prudence, and that negligence and irregularity long continued will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.”

Samuel Johnson
I will talk and act, not on my knees, but with prudence. - Lech Walesa
I will talk and act, not on my knees, but with prudence. – Lech Walesa
Often the prudent, far from making their destinies, succumb to them; it is destiny which makes them prudent. - Voltaire
Often the prudent, far from making their destinies, succumb to them; it is destiny which makes them prudent. – Voltaire
Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom. - Amos Bronson Alcott
Prudence is the footprint of Wisdom. – Amos Bronson Alcott
It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age. - Cicero
It is a truth but too well known, that rashness attends youth, as prudence does old age. – Cicero
Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place. - John Milton
Prudence is the virtue by which we discern what is proper to do under various circumstances in time and place. – John Milton

“One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won.”

Bryant H. McGill
Prudence is a necessary ingredient in all the virtues, without which they degenerate into folly and excess. - Jeremy Collier
Prudence is a necessary ingredient in all the virtues, without which they degenerate into folly and excess. – Jeremy Collier
No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation. - Knut Hamsun
No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation. – Knut Hamsun
Prudence is but experience, which equal time equally bestows on all men, in all things they equally apply themselves unto. - Thomas Hobbes
Prudence is but experience, which equal time equally bestows on all men, in all things they equally apply themselves unto. – Thomas Hobbes
Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word 'satiety'. - Francis Quarles
Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word ‘satiety’. – Francis Quarles
Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise. - Charles Horton Cooley
Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise. – Charles Horton Cooley
Let no one trust so entirely to natural prudence as to persuade himself that it will suffice to guide him without help from experience. - Francesco Guicciardini
Let no one trust so entirely to natural prudence as to persuade himself that it will suffice to guide him without help from experience. – Francesco Guicciardini
Philanthropic humility is necessary if a giver is to do more good than harm, but it is not sufficient - philanthropic prudence is also needed. - Marvin Olasky
Philanthropic humility is necessary if a giver is to do more good than harm, but it is not sufficient – philanthropic prudence is also needed. – Marvin Olasky
Prudence is not the same thing as caution. Caution is a helpful strategy when you're crossing a minefield; it's a disaster when you're in a gold rush. - John Ortberg
Prudence is not the same thing as caution. Caution is a helpful strategy when you’re crossing a minefield; it’s a disaster when you’re in a gold rush. – John Ortberg
No other protection is wanting, provided you are under the guidance of prudence. - Juvenal
No other protection is wanting, provided you are under the guidance of prudence. – Juvenal

5 Quotes on Prudence To Help You Make Better Decisions

Prudence is not hesitation, procrastination, or moderation. It is not driving in the middle of the road. It is not the way of ambivalence, indecision, or safety. - John Ortberg
Prudence is not hesitation, procrastination, or moderation. It is not driving in the middle of the road. It is not the way of ambivalence, indecision, or safety. – John Ortberg
We should use prudence when making decisions as to what is best for us, our families and our communities based on the information we have. - Nancy Mace
We should use prudence when making decisions as to what is best for us, our families and our communities based on the information we have. – Nancy Mace
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Rashness belongs to youth; prudence to old age. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence. - Johann Kaspar Lavater
Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence. – Johann Kaspar Lavater
Prudence is foresight and far-sightedness. It's the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects. - John Ortberg
Prudence is foresight and far-sightedness. It’s the ability to make immediate decisions on the basis of their longer-range effects. – John Ortberg

4 Quotes on Prudence in Finance and Business

“Bringing back something akin to Glass-Steagall would clearly help limit risk in the system. And that’s a very good and worthy goal. Letting banks sell securities and insurance products and services allowed them to grow too big too fast and fueled a culture that put profit and pay over prudence.”

Andrew Ross Sorkin
For those of us learning the way to financial serenity and solvency, the envelope system teaches prudence, patience, and perseverance. You can only spend what you have. - Sarah Ban Breathnach
For those of us learning the way to financial serenity and solvency, the envelope system teaches prudence, patience, and perseverance. You can only spend what you have. – Sarah Ban Breathnach
Learning options will indeed mushroom for business students and leaders, but it will take prudence and shrewdness to find and utilize the best option. - Warren Bennis
Learning options will indeed mushroom for business students and leaders, but it will take prudence and shrewdness to find and utilize the best option. – Warren Bennis

“As stupid as it might sound, older people everywhere would probably be better off if they’d abandoned prudence and borrowed more. That is obviously not what the central bankers or our political leaders want. But that’s the situation they’ve created.”

Neil Macdonald

3 Quotes on Prudence in Technology

“Once we no longer have the intellectual upper hand, then we quite literally, by definition, cannot outwit our successors. So unless we are absolutely sure that the machines we are building right now are not going to eventually become our new robot overlords, prudence is called for.”

Robert J. Sawyer
The future of food security will depend on a combination of the ecological prudence of the past and the technological advances of today. - M. S. Swaminathan
The future of food security will depend on a combination of the ecological prudence of the past and the technological advances of today. – M. S. Swaminathan
If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. - Omar N. Bradley
If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. – Omar N. Bradley

5 Quotes on Prudence in Good Leadership and Governance

“The batteries are gradually becoming charged, and if the prudence of the government does not provide an outlet for the currents that are accumulating, some day the spark will be generated.”

Jose Rizal
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. - William E. Gladstone
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. – William E. Gladstone
Prudence dictates that there should be a balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region. - Lee Kuan Yew
Prudence dictates that there should be a balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region. – Lee Kuan Yew

“In an economy where public spending is extremely important, the governments must spend, they must spend more but at the same time you can’t afford to be reckless and do away with all kinds of fiscal prudence.”

Arun Jaitley

“If the Republican Party continues to take the view that there must be no tax increases, we’re stuck. Capitalism can’t work without safety nets or fiscal prudence, and we need both in a sustainable balance.”

Thomas Friedman

2 Quotes on Prudence that Inspires Happiness

“Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well.”

Mary Cholmondeley
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit. - Jonathan Swift
The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit. – Jonathan Swift

3 Quotes on Prudence that Sparks Courage

Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God. - Robert Dale Owen
Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God. – Robert Dale Owen
But after this natural burst of indignation, no man of sense, courage, or prudence will waste his time or his strength in retrospective reproaches or repining. - Robert Peel
But after this natural burst of indignation, no man of sense, courage, or prudence will waste his time or his strength in retrospective reproaches or repining. – Robert Peel
Courage is a virtue only so far as it is directed by prudence. - Francois Fenelon
Courage is a virtue only so far as it is directed by prudence. – Francois Fenelon

2 Quotes on Prudence To Handle Affairs Better

The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs. - Warren Buffett
The less prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we should conduct our own affairs. – Warren Buffett
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in. - Aesop
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in. – Aesop

3 Quotes on Prudence in Spirituality

“There has been a most Providential Guidance which the want of prudence, vigilance, or judgement has not impeded, and it is here that we can most clearly see the designs of God.”

Catherine McAuley

“We must believe what is good and true about the prophets, that they were sages, that they did understand what proceeded from their mouths, and that they bore prudence on their lips.”

Origen

“When I visited Africa to make my film ‘Music by Prudence,’ I was struck by how intensely religious and socially conservative Africans were. There was literally a church on every corner.”

Roger Ross Williams

17 Quotes on Prudence that Will Make You Think

“It would be doing me great injustice to think that I have any feeling of indifference to my country; I have more reason than anyone to feel, every day of my life, the value of the blood which flows in my veins, and it is only from prudence that at times I abstain from showing how proud I am of it.”

Marie Antoinette
You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character. - Luc de Clapiers
You must rouse into people’s consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character. – Luc de Clapiers
There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence. - Charles Caleb Colton
There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence. – Charles Caleb Colton
Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent. - Euripides
Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent. – Euripides

“Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human life.”

Akhenaton
One very clear impression I had of all the Beautiful People was their prudence. It may be that they paid for their own airline tickets, but they paid for little else. - James Brady
One very clear impression I had of all the Beautiful People was their prudence. It may be that they paid for their own airline tickets, but they paid for little else. – James Brady
I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years. - Molly Ivins
I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years. – Molly Ivins

“It is important that the Church of London, which has now lost its ruler, should receive for its new bishop a man whose personal merit, attainments in learning, and prudence in managing public business shall not be unworthy of the dignity of that see.”

Thomas Becket
It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence. - John Dryden
It is madness to make fortune the mistress of events, because by herself she is nothing and is ruled by prudence. – John Dryden
Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity. - William Blake
Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity. – William Blake

“Prudence is what makes someone a great commodities trader – the capacity to face reality squarely in the eye without allowing emotion or ego to get in the way. It’s what is needed by every quarterback or battlefield general.”

John Ortberg
There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either. - Samuel Johnson
There are goods so opposed that we cannot seize both, but, by too much prudence, may pass between them at too great a distance to reach either. – Samuel Johnson
One must not mix up prudence with gestures of servility. - Joe Kaeser
One must not mix up prudence with gestures of servility. – Joe Kaeser

“Romance is a bird that will not sing in every bush, and love-affairs, however devoted the sentiments that inspire them, are often so business-like in the prudence with which they are conducted, that romance is reduced to a mere croaking or a disgusted silence.”

E. F. Benson

“It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.”

Mark Twain

“Once established with Great Britain, it would not be difficult, with moderation and prudence, to establish permanent peace with the rest of the world, when our most sanguine hopes of prosperity may be realized.”

John C. Calhoun

Running back-to-back races requires a certain tactical prudence. Going too hard in any one race might jeopardize your performance in another. Maintaining proper hydration and caloric equilibrium also becomes increasingly critical.”

Dean Karnazes

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