That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
Affairs are easier of entrance than exit; and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
There hath grown no grass on my heels since I went hence.
What is done hastily cannot be done prudently.
Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.
‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.
Take a second look… It costs you nothing.
Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human life.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for want of care about a horse-shoe nail.
The prudent takes no poison even if he possesses the antidote.