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.
See also: battle, choose
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We choose our battles and not the meagre fights and we choose our battles wisely and fight for them.
Wise people counsel that we have to "choose our battles." There are times when we have to fight and defend ourselves.
I guess we must choose our battles wisely to avoid too much crowing and pecking this year.
He added: "We choose our battles very carefully and so far, we have been successful."
"We, as the leadership of the section, plan to wisely pick and choose our battles, but we plan to be very proactive in protecting the integrity, independence, and funding of the court system."
Those of us that want to see the federal government returned to its proper role in our Republic need to choose our battles carefully.