Quotes of discretion

  1. A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it. – Christian Nestell Bovee
  2. The rest is a mere matter of detail, to be settled with judgment, discretion and caution. – John Griffin Carlisle
  3. 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
  4. Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion even a prudent enemy is preferable. – Jean de La Fontaine
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy. – Christine Keeler
  8. Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty. – Hannah More
  9. 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
  10. Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life. – Georg Simmel
  11. Discretion is not the better part of biography. – Lytton Strachey
  12. 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
  13. We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit. – Evelyn Waugh

Usage examples for discretion

  1. Instead he lay here, not only powerless to guide his destiny, which hung on the discretion of another, but unable to stretch forth a finger to further his plans. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  2. As to the form of worship, a large discretion was left to the clergy. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. Dacres should exercise the greatest possible discretion – The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan
  4. They were that the old practice made it a matter of right to claim a special hearing on a law point, while the new order would leave it to the discretion of the judge. – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  5. You should have used more discretion – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  6. De Guiche is discretion itself, Madame. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  7. The speaker stopped with significant discretion – The Blood Red Dawn by Charles Caldwell Dobie
  8. You will need discretion as much or more than you will need courage. – Raiding with Morgan by Byron A. Dunn
  9. Hence, if you adopt the taper bolt, you will have to use your own discretion unless you go into elaborate experiments to show how far the bolt head should be away from the metal when you begin to drive it. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  10. Now- she is losing her temper- and with it her discretion – The Title Market by Emily Post
  11. He never put himself forward, but when it fell to him to do anything he did it with confidence and discretion – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  12. And what did he mean by 'the discretion of his men? – A Royal Prisoner by Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain
  13. Am I to have any discretion – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  14. " I leave that to your discretion my dear," said I. " I have certainly proved that I love you, but it does not follow that I do not adore your daughter. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  15. Only one dog faced her, and he, young, with more courage than discretion rushed at her throat and in a moment was crushed by her huge paw. – True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World by Adolphus W. Greely
  16. Maxwell was a man of discretion and though he had ventured beyond the fringe of the Leopards' country, he only said: I don't know much about them. – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  17. His sudden exclamation caused the girl to turn, and as a reasonable frankness has always seemed to me essential to a nice discretion I crawled out on the roof. – The Siege of the Seven Suitors by Meredith Nicholson
  18. Lay down your arms, and surrender at discretion – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  19. " Of your discretion she said, laughing. – A Man of Mark by Anthony Hope
  20. Moreover, I would not advise you to speak again upon public matters for some time, perhaps a month or two; but I mean, never lose view of that great object; pursue it with discretion but pursue it always. – Letters to His Son, 1753-1754 by The Earl of Chesterfield