quote by Henry VIII of England

I see and hear daily that you of the Clergy preach one against another, teach one contrary to another, inveigh one against another without charity or discretion. Some be too stiff in their old mumpsimus, others be too busy and curious in their new sumpsimus. Thus all men almost be in variety and discord.

— Henry VIII of England

Revolutionary Discrete quotations

Whatever defamation of character my enemies are spreading about me, I do not feel the need to justify myself toward them. While discretion obliges me to remain silent, my duty compels me to prevent them from doing any more harm.

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.

Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

The pride of youth is in strength and beauty, the pride of old age is in discretion.


Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.

Pay attention to everything in the world as if it's alive. Realize everything has its own discrete existence outside your story. By doing this, you open to gifts and lessons that the world has to give you.

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.

I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.

A fully developed bureaucratic mechanism stands in the same relationship to other forms as does the machine to the non-mechanical production of goods. Precision, speed, clarity, documentary ability, continuity, discretion, unity, rigid subordination, reduction of friction and material and personal expenses are unique to bureaucratic organization.

Great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and discretion.


At the head of these new discoveries and insights comes the establishment of the facts that electricity is composed of discrete particles of equal size, or quanta, and that light is an electromagnetic wave motion.

I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway.

I would prefer to, I assure you -- it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.

Childhood obesity isn't some simple, discrete issue.

There's no one cause we can pinpoint. There's no one program we can fund to make it go away. Rather, it's an issue that touches on every aspect of how we live and how we work.

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.

When you turn from one room to the next, when your animal senses no longer perceive the sounds of the dishwasher, the ticking clock, the smell of a chicken roasting - the kitchen and all its seemingly discrete bits dissolve into nothingness - or into waves of probability.


The first principle of solid wisdom is discretion, without it all the erudition of life is merely bagatelle.

I'll privily away; I love the people, But do not like to stage me to their eyes; Though it do well, I do not relish well Their loud applause and aves vehement, Nor do I think the man of safe discretion That does not affect it.

We must never expect discretion in first love: it is accompanied by such excessive joy that unless the joy is allowed to overflow, it will choke you.

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

What exactly is 'viewer discretion'? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air.


So long as the laws remain such as they are today, employ some discretion: loud opinion forces us to do so; but in privacy and silence let us compensate ourselves for that cruel chastity we are obliged to display in public.

Hikmah (Wisdom) is knowing when to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.

Discretion, like the hole in a doughnut, does not exist except as an area left open by a surrounding belt of restriction. It is therefore a relative concept. It always makes sense to ask, "Discretion under which standards?" or "Discretion as to which authority?

Parental Discretion is advised, but will be completely f*n, ignored

I can scarcely contemplate a greater calamity that could befall this country, than be loaded with a debt exceeding their ability ever to discharge. If this be a just remark, it is unwise and improvident to vest in the general government a power to borrow at discretion, without any limitation or restriction.


Males do not represent two discrete populations, heterosexual and homosexual.

The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats. Not all things are black nor all things white.

I have tales to tell, but I don't tell them. Discretion. Discretion.

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.

Discretion is the better part of valour.

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


The policeman on the beat or in the patrol car makes more decisions and exercises broader discretion affecting the daily lives of people every day and to a greater extent, in many respects, than a judge will ordinarily exercise in a week.

Our lives, our stories, flowed into one another's, were no longer our own, individual, discrete.

The future woman must have a life work and economic independence.

She must have the right of motherhood at her own discretion.

One can pass on responsibility, but not the discretion that goes with it.

Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end

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