Quotation Explorer - 'Discretion'

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice. - Unknown
FELON, n. A person of greater enterprise than discretion, who in embracing an opportunity has formed an unfortunate attachment. - Ambrose Bierce
He had a certain frankness and generosity, qualities indeed which turn to a man's ruin, unless tempered with discretion. - Cornelius Tacitus
Discretion is not the better part of biography. - Lytton Strachey
The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion otherwise the garrison are to be put to the sword if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender nor retreat. - William Travis, at the Alamo
Your ability to show discretion defines your likeliness to contribute to a wholesome performance. - Even Engesland
I know 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 by education. - Thomas Jefferson
The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperment of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.
Discretion is knowing how to hide that which we cannot remedy. - Spanish Proverb
The better part of valour is discretion. - William Shakespeare
Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. - Sir Francis Bacon
The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life. - William Shakespeare
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. - George Santayana
The pride of youth is in strength and beauty, the pride of old age is in discretion. - Democritus
Discretion is the better part of valor. - Anonymous
One can pass on responsibility, but not the discretion that goes with it. - Benvenuto Cellini
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