Quotations on Discretion

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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
(Keywords: Design, Hope, Discretion, May, Sin, Temper)

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Mistake, Discretion, Sound)

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

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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: Dignity, Discretion, Forget, Man)

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: 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
(Keywords: God, Church, Blind, Custom, Discretion, Eye, Help, Law, Spirit)

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
(Keywords: Society, People, Control, Discretion, Exercise)

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
(Keywords: Court, Discretion, Nations)

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

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

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
(Keywords: War, Discretion, Glory, Sea)

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

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