Caution Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old caution quotes, caution sayings, and caution proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A fool and his money are quickly parted.      

J. Bridges (1587)

A watched pot never boils.      


A word once let out of the cage cannot be whistled back again.      

Horace (65-8 BC)

Always be prepared.      


Be careful what you ask for; you may get it.      

unknown (Thanks to J. Martin)

Be careful what you wish for.      


Be ever vigilant but never suspicious.      

English (on vigilance)

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.      

Egyptian (on caution and care)

Better the devil you know than the one you don't      

R. Taverner (1539)

Better to be safe than sorry.      

Samuel Lover (1797-1868)

Beware a rickety wall, a savage dog and a quarrelsome person.      

Iranian (on caution and care)

Beware the door with too many keys.      

Portuguese (on vigilance)

Beware the fury of a patient man.      

John Dryden (1631-1700)

Beware the Greeks bearing gifts.      

Virgil (70-19 BC) "I fear the Greeks even when bearing gifts."

Beware the person with nothing to lose.      

Italian (on prudence)

Buyer beware.      

Latin Proverb "Caveat emptor"

Choose your neighbors before you buy your house.      

Hausa (West African) (on planning)

Creditors have better memories than debtors.      

English (on business)

Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping.      

Hawaiian (on the conduct of life)

Don't be caught flat     

ed. - unknown

Don't sail out farther than you can row back.      

Danish (on prudence)

Easy does it.

T. Taylor (1863)

Eggs have no business dancing with stones.      

Haitian (on prudence)

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.      

John Philpot Curran (1750-1817)

Fear the Greeks bearing gifts.      

Virgil (70-19 BC) "I fear the Greeks, even when bringing gifts."

Fine feathers don't make fine birds.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Fish don't get caught in deep water.      

Malay (on caution and care)

Forewarn'd, forearm'd.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)