discretion is the better part of valour

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discretion is the better part of valour

  1. It is often wise to refrain from seemingly brave speech or action.
    • 1597William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, act v, scene 4
      The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part, I have saved my life.
    • 2019 October, Chris Stokes, “Between the Lines”, in Modern Railways, page 97:
      At least there was no problem with Alison travelling on the 'wrong' train - discretion was the better part of valour for ticket checks [on a train full of football supporters].

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