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The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.

The richest endowments of the mind are temperance, prudence, and fortitude. Prudence is a universal virtue, which enters into the composition of all the rest; and where she is not, fortitude loses its name and nature.

The rules of prudence, in general, like the laws of the stone tables, are for the most part prohibitive. - Thou shalt not, is their characteristic formula; and it is an especial part of Christian prudence that it should be so.

There is no amount of praise which is not heaped on prudence; yet there is not the most insignificant event of which it can make us sure.

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Those who, in the confidence of superior capacities or attainments, neglect the common maxims of life, should be reminded that nothing will supply the want of prudence; but that negligence and irregularity, long continued, will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.

Too many, through want of prudence, are golden apprentices, silver journeymen, and copper masters.

Want of prudence is too frequently the want of virtue; nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty.


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