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discretion is the better part of valor

Caution is more important than bravery. I know you want to try that risky skateboard jump, but remember that discretion is the better part of valor.
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Discretion is the better part of valor.

Prov. It is good to be brave, but it is also good to be careful.; If you are careful, you will not get into situations that require you to be brave. Son: Can I go hang gliding with my friends? Father: No. Son: But they'll say I'm chicken if I don't go! Father: Discretion is the better part of valor, and I'd rather have them call you chicken than risk your life.
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discretion is the better part of valor

It is better to be prudent than merely courageous, as in I'm signing up for the easy course first; discretion is the better part of valor. This proverb, a synonym of look before you leap, was first recorded in 1477. Charles Churchill put it in poetic form: "Even in a hero's heart, Discretion is the better part" ( The Ghost, 1762). Shakespeare also used a form of it: "The better part of valor is discretion" ( 1 Henry IV, 5:4).
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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.
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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.