Discretion is the better part of valour

Discretion is the better part of valour.

  (British & Australian literary) also Discretion is the better part of valor. (American & Australian literary)
something that you say which means that it is better to be careful and think before you act than it is to be brave and take risks She decided not to voice her opposition to the Chairman's remarks. Perhaps discretion was the better part of valour.
See also: better, discretion, of, part
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Westwood has decided discretion is the better part of valour and will not be at Goodwood as he is due to leave for America tomorrow morning, but Chandler, whose clients include Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, knows how to enjoy himself in both victory and defeat.
Dave has done well for me and I have got no problem with him because he is a good player but I could not afford Dave to come back for the game the other night and go bang because that would really be stressing ourselves out, so discretion is the better part of valour.
Even Chelsea and Manchester United exercise a degree of caution at times, especially away from home - the trick for the manager is identifying the point at which it's right to go for broke and when discretion is the better part of valour.
Sometimes you decide discretion is the better part of valour.
So what you often get is unruly players overseen by a referee who has decided that discretion is the better part of valour and it would be best not to enforce the laws.
The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles clearly need all the support they can get at the moment, but there are moments when discretion is the better part of valour.