Discretion Sayings and Quotes

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

All food is fit to eat but not all words are fit to speak.      

Haitian (on discretion)

Discretion is the better part of valor.      

William Shakespeare

Don't spill the beans.      


For news of the heart, ask the face.     

Guinean (on life and living)

Forethought is easy, repentance is hard.      

Chinese (on discretion)

Give thy thoughts no tongue.      

William Shakespeare

Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.      

Turkish (on discretion)

Least said, soonest mended      


Little pitchers have big ears.     

John Heywood

Nothing is as burdensome as a secret.      

French Proverb

Proclaim not all thou knowest, all thou owest, all thou hast, nor all thou can'st.      

Benjamin Franklin

Silence is sometimes the answer.      

Estonian (on discretion)

Some things are better left unsaid.      


Stones decay, words last.      

Samoan (on discretion)

The tongue has no bones, yet it breaks bones.      

Greek (on discretion)

Words should be weighed not counted.      

Yiddish (on discretion)

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.      

Walter Scott

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.     

Georg Simmel

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.     

Christine Keeler

Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.     

Philip Stanhope

A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

Discretion is the better part of not getting exsanguinated.     

Jim Butcher

Why must you speak your thoughts? Silence, if fair words stick in your throat, would serve all our ends better.     

J.R.R. Tolkien

Discretion is a girl's best friend. Learn when to use it, and when to let it slip.     

Jennifer Megan Varnadore

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.     

Author Unknown

Discretion is the salt, and fancy the sugar of life; the one preserves, the other sweetens it.     

John Christian Bovee

The age of discretion is the age of impotence.     

Author Unknown

Without discretion, people may be overlaid with unreasonable affection, and choked with too much nourishment.     

Jeremy Collier

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious     

Author Unknown

Discretion of speech is more than eloquence, and to speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words, or in good order.     

Francis Bacon