choose (one's) battles (wisely)

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choose (one's) battles (wisely)

To actively choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one's strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or in which one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to choose your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged nagging them. The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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The first is to choose your battles wisely, and the second is to adapt your hunting style to take advantage of the dog's strengths.
Even if you do not fully agree with the reviewers on some points, you need to choose your battles wisely.
More thought about the final goal, which is an accepted paper, can help you choose your battles wisely.
Choose your battles wisely, as it's unwise to tackle large groups and people who are clearly insane.
That's fine, but do choose your battles wisely, and keep in mind the current astral advice which is: Keep a sense of proportion.
Choose your battles wisely, as it'sunwise to tackle large groups and people who are clearly insane.