Careful Words

discretion (n.)

The better part of valour is discretion.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): King Henry IV. Part I. Act v. Sc. 4.

It shew'd discretion, the best part of valour.

Beaumont And Fletcher: A King and No King. Act iv. Sc. 3.

  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.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Of Discourse.

  Philosophy is nothing but discretion.

John Selden (1584-1654): Table Talk. Philosophy.

  O discretion, thou art a jewel!—The Skylark, a Collection of well-chosen English Songs. (London, 1772.)

  I have seen the day of wrong through the little hole of discretion.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Love's Labour's Lost. Act v. Sc. 2.