pick (one's) battle(s)

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pick (one's) battle(s)

To 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 where one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to pick your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged with nagging them. The best politicians pick their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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Pick your battles carefully, with an eye to personal satisfaction.
I'm a fighter, but you have to pick your battles in life" Ukip leader Nigel Farage, after being accused of running away from fighting the Newark by-election "Jeremy Clarkson is not a racist.
I'm a fighter, I'm a warrior, but you have to pick your battles in life.
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While not speaking up when something offends you is no way to live, you must pick your battles.
Send your diplomats across Europe on the real time tactical map and pick your battles well.
If you want to fight any aspect of the culture, pick your battles carefully, and make sure that you have allies, especially allies with power (see "Wisdom" above).
Do pick your battles, rather than going after every bid opportunity that crosses your desk.
My advice to young people just entering the military is that you pick your battles and only fight for those things that you think are the most important for your soldiers' welfare and training," he said.
All you can do is pick your battles against him and hope he's not the guy that beats you.
She offers a number of commonsense prescriptions: prioritize, pick your battles, use peers outside the building as sounding boards, take short walks to blow off steam, have a life outside school.
You don't always get to pick your battles," he says.
To a parent of teenagers, and believe me, this has nothing to do with MS -- I have one statement: Pick your battles carefully