The Best Quotes About Discretion 

Updated June 14, 2019 58 votes 37 voters 7.3k views 10 items

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A list of the best discretion quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous discretion quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic discretion quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational discretion quotes from that same writer.

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Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable. Jean de La Fontaine
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious.
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
Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so.
For he that fights and runs away, may live to fight another day, but he, who is in battle slain, can never rise and fight again. Oliver Goldsmith
Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion. Junius
Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty. Hannah More
Better a living dog than a dead lion.
Be advised what thou dost discourse of, and what thou maintainest whether touching religion, state, or vanity; for if thou err in the first, thou shalt be accounted profane; if in the second, dangerous; if in the third, indiscreet and foolish. Walter Raleigh
I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists. Philip Roth