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On the Value of Forethought, Reflection, Deliberation, Caution and Prudence

   Our nature such, ill choice ensures ill fate. 

   Let reason go before every enterprise, and counsel before every 

   If thou wilt apply thy mind thou shalt be prudent. 

   Caution is the parent of safety.

   Measure thrice before you cut once. 

   Be slow in choosing, but slower in changing. 

   Fore-think, though you cannot fore-tell.

   Be slow enough to be sure.

   One false move may lose the game.

   A little oil may save a deal of friction.

   Deliberating is not delaying.

   A little fore-talk may save much after-talk.

   Hasty judgments are generally faulty ones.

   Of hasty counsel take good heed, for haste is very rarely 

   What the fool does in the end the wise man does in the 

   It is easier to stem the brook than the river.

   Measure thy cloth ten times, thou canst cut it but once. 

                                                  Russian Proverb

   Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. 


   Thatch your roof before rainy weather;  dig your well before 
   you become parched with thirst. 

                                                  Chinese Proverb

   Anger and haste hinder good counsel.

   It is too late to cover the well when the child is drowned.

   Look before you leap;  see before you go. 


   When clouds are seen wise men put on their cloaks. 


   None pities him that's in the snare, who warned before, would 
   not beware. 


   Take warning by the misfortune of others, that others may not 
   take example from you. 


   It is well to learn caution by the misfortunes of others. 

                                                   Publius Syrus    

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