Prudence

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There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear
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
If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future
Too many expedients may spoil an affair
Prudence in action avails more than wisdom in conception
Prudence keeps life safe, but does not often make it happy
One must draw back in order to leap better
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