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Discretion Quotes
Inspirational Quotes about Discretion

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The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea,
headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as
for rendezvous with discretion.
- Barbara Tuchman

Related topics: History

Discretion is the better part of valor.
(originally "The better part of valor is discretion")
- William Shakespeare

Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory.
Without memory we'd have amnesia. What good would there be in that?
Offer discretion and discernment for our past
with a broad spectrum of forgiveness.
As for our present moment, delight.
And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Discretion is not the better part of biography.
- Lytton Strachey

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Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which
he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours.
This right flows from the very nature of man.
- William Godwin

Every man has his dignity.
I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion
and not when someone else tells me to.
- Denis Diderot

Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.
- Junius


 

We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.
- Evelyn Waugh

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Discretion is the perfection of reason,
and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
- Walter Scott

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

The first duty of a state is to see that every child
born therein shall be well housed,
clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
- John Ruskin

The rest is a mere matter of detail,
to be settled with judgment,
discretion, and caution.
- John Griffin Carlisle

Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
- Hannah More

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
- John Selden

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion;
even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine

Judgment is not upon all occasions required,
but discretion always is.
- Philip Stanhope

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never
making a mistake as by never repeating it.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence,
and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is
more than to speak in good words,
or in good order.
- Francis Bacon

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license,
such a statute creates a threat of censorship that
by its very existence chills free speech.
- Harry A. Blackmun

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
- Christine Keeler

So long as the laws remain such as they are today,
employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so;
but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves
for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.
- Marquis de Sade

It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily
serve with the help of God,
to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some,
following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
- Pope Gregory VII

Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion,
such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews.
Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

I know of 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.
- Thomas Jefferson

Even private persons in due season, with discretion and temper,
may reprove others, whom they observe to commit sin,
or follow bad courses, out of charitable design,
and with hope to reclaim them.
- Isaac Barrow

Males do not represent two discrete populations,
heterosexual and homosexual.
The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats.
Not all things are black nor all things white.
- Alfred Kinsey

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.
- John Shirley

A discrete series is a series of terms each of which is empirically derived,
each one of which is empirically true.
And this is the reason for the fragmentary character of those poems.
- George Oppen

The basic structure of proteins is quite simple:
they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete
subunits called amino acids.
- Michael Behe

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

At the head of these new discoveries and insights comes
the establishment of the facts that electricity is
composed of discrete particles of equal size,
or quanta, and that light is an electromagnetic wave motion.
- Johannes Stark

This idea that males are physically aggressive and
females are not has distinct drawbacks for both sexes.
- Katherine Dunn

Women tend to give political candidates only about
10 percent of what males give,
and males give women candidates only 10 percent of what they give to males.
- Maureen Reagan

There are not many males, black or white,
who wish to get involved with a woman who's committed to her own development.
- Eleanor Holmes Norton

There's a call to adventure.
It's something in the inner psyche of humanity,
particularly males.
- Gary Gygax

The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
- Simone de Beauvoir

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment
to becoming the rich instead of the poor,
the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
- Andrea Dworkin

Scientists now believe that the primary biological
function of breasts is to make males stupid.
- Dave Barry

White males are the most responsible for the destruction
of human life and environment on the planet today.
- Robin Morgan

The whole tone now of TV is under 35 and directed toward males.
- Sharon Gless

I spent my whole life trying to play the games males play.
- Elisabeth Shue

Writing about dead white males seems to be out of favor among academics.
- Ron Chernow

Males transmit signals in courtship through behavioral displays.
- Peter R. Grant

High status males had multiple wives or additional
mating opportunities in the ancestral environment.
- Keith Henson

The common erotic project of destroying women makes
it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood;
this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork
for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.
- Andrea Dworkin

One can make a case that says that since 85% of children
being brought up in single family homes are being brought
up by women that about 85% of elementary school teachers
should be males to balance out the feminization that
the boys and girls receive.
- Warren Farrell

About 10,000 years ago, males and females were acting
equitably and were treating one another as equals,
and then males took over the power, because they have
physical power and physical strength.
- Jane Elliot

Our main reasons for fearing males having sex with
males is that you really had to construct a more powerful
social role to keep men in their place than you did
to keep women in their place.
- Warren Farrell

I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are
fantastic people and I love hanging out with them.
But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life,
does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women.
- Ryan Seacrest

We are turning against boys and forgetting a simple truth:
that the energy,
competitiveness, and corporal daring of normal,
decent males is responsible for much of what is right in the world.
- Christina Hoff Sommers

The first census in 1790 asked just six questions:
the name of the head of the household,
the number of free white males older than 16,
the number of free white males younger than 16,
the number of free white females, the number of other free persons,
and the number of slaves.
- Tom G. Palmer

I'm sure that you could go back and make a graph showing
that all the killings of black males increased in times of economic difficulty.
As a matter of fact, a black man was lynched last year.
- Ishmael Reed

We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a
newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension
in black males being higher than whites,
and increasing.
So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times,
had hypertension.
- Norman Lear

Fifteen years ago, while I was temporarily chairing
meetings of pro-life leaders,
I pleaded with the angry males to say no to interviews,
and instead let beautiful pro-life women become the face for the movement.
- Marvin Olasky

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes

Unity with all creation is a huge idea,
but it fits comfortably within the vast cathedral of our being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

That deep emotional conviction of the presence
of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed
in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
- Albert Einstein

I will dance a little.
I will move with the wind.
I will give my body to my love and celebrate
that we have substance beyond the idea of ourselves.
We can move. We can touch. This is my physical exclamation point.
This is how I can awaken my mind to the possibilities in the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain


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