Quotes and Sayings about Discretion



"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
(Related: Design, Hope, Discretion, May, Sin, Temper)

"If you or me go to the gas station to fill up our car and it costs us much more than we expected, it will zap our discretionary income. We won't have the extra money to buy that washing machine or new winter coat-all big ticket items that are important to economic growth."
- Maria Bartiromo
(Related: Car, Money, Growth, Income, Machine, Will, Winter)

"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
(Related: Censorship, Discretion, Existence, Free speech)

"A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Mistake, Discretion, Sound)

"The American people elected us here to cut spending so we can create an environment for jobs in America. The House has acted. We have demonstrated that we want to see spending, discretionary spending, brought down to levels of 2008. We've seen no counteraction. We have seen no position that has been expressed by the other side at all."
- Eric Cantor
(Related: People, America, American, Environment, Jobs, Want)

"The rest is a mere matter of detail, to be settled with judgment, discretion, and caution."
- John Griffin Carlisle
(Related: Caution, Detail, Discretion, Judgment, Rest)

"Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Admiration, Discretion)

"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
(Related: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End)

"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
(Related: Society, Purpose, Censorship, Discretion, End, Fact)

"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
(Related: Dignity, Discretion, Forget, Man)

"Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Friend, Discretion, Enemy, Nothing)

"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
(Related: Faith, Men, Discretion, End, Folk, Loyalty)

"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
(Related: Nature, Discretion, Man, Right)

"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
(Related: God, Church, Blind, Custom, Discretion, Eye, Help, Law, Spirit)

"A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Indiscretion)

"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
(Related: Society, People, Control, Discretion, Exercise)

"Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion."
- Junius
(Related: Discretion)

"Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Discretion, Hypocrisy, Word)

"(A Foreign Secretary) is forever poised between the cliche and the indiscretion."
- Harold MacMillan
(Related: Indiscretion)

"He is forever poised between a cliche and an indiscretion."
- Harold MacMillan
(Related: Indiscretion)

"Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty."
- Hannah More
(Related: Discretion, Duty)

"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
(Related: Court, Discretion, Nations)

"Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people."
- Pope Paul VI
(Related: People)

"And so we go over the cliff fiscally, and our Republican friends try to pin the blame on discretionary domestic spending, including spending for security. We pass budget resolutions that fall far short."
- David E. Price
(Related: Blame, Friends, Republican, Security)

"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
(Related: Discretion, Duty, First, State, Years)

"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
(Related: Chastity, Laws, Opinion, Privacy, Public, Silence, Today)

"Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Life, Discretion, Perfection, Reason)

"Philosophy is nothing but discretion."
- John Selden
(Related: Discretion, Nothing, Philosophy)

"Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life."
- Georg Simmel
(Related: Life, Discretion, Justice, Nothing, Respect, Sense)

"Domestic discretionary spending on education and health care and the environment has been growing at 2 to 3 percent a year. He says we have to rein it in, but he ignores the spending category that is the big spike in the budget."
- John Spratt
(Related: Education, Health, Care, Environment)

"Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is."
- Philip Stanhope
(Related: Discretion, Judgment)

"Discretion is not the better part of biography."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Biography, Discretion)

"It is being alleged that the Federal Government is 'cutting' spending. In fact, we are not 'cutting' anything. Defense spending under this budget would rise by 4.3 percent over last year. Other discretionary spending would also rise."
- Craig L. Thomas
(Related: Government, Being, Defense, Fact)

"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: War, Discretion, Glory, Sea)

"We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Deceit, Discretion, Temper)

"All good art is an indiscretion."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Art, Indiscretion)