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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In a lengthy text message Stava-Murray wrote to Jessica Basham, Madigan's chief of staff, the new lawmaker said that she has "fielded several calls from colleagues seeking to change my mind about my vote that had made me actively worry about retaliation if I didn't 'choose my battles wisely' and if I 'started off on the wrong foot.'"
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Madonna says she "sometimes" argues back with Ritchie but adds: "I have to pick and choose my battles." Sounds like your average, solid relationship to me.
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"Oh, I don't know," replied Telnaes, noting that, because there are so few women in editorial cartooning, and because there was sexism when she worked in animation, "I try not to get too exercised over trivial things - and choose my battles. However, I do find it amusing to think what a group of six male cartoonists might be called."
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Maybe I have realized that at this stage of my life, I have to choose my battles, and that these should be concerned with what would really make a difference not just to me but, more importantly, to the good of a greater number.
I now choose my battles. If you can't lick them, join them.
'As an old cow, I choose my battles,' he said, adding that he will seek the chancellor post again when his term ends in February.
But, I choose my battles, kasi hindi mo puwedeng patulan lahat.