choose (one's) battles (wisely)

(redirected from choose our battles wisely)

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
References in periodicals archive ?
I guess we must choose our battles wisely to avoid too much crowing and pecking this year.
We want to do whatever we can to challenge the amendments, but we are trying to be strategic; we need to choose our battles wisely, so we are taking a close look.
We will not find peace if we do not learn to choose our battles wisely and infrequently.
Thus, we must accept that we shall remain a minority and that we must choose our battles wisely We should engage in dialogues, not debate, for we cannot win if we muster rational arguments against blind faith.
It doesn't recklessly push us into another battle, but it reminds us to choose our battles wisely.