Caution Quotes

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Caution Quotes

Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.


Sleeping people can’t fall down.

African Proverb

Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies.

Al Capone

It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.

Bahya ibn Paquda

Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.

Benjamin Franklin

If you are going a long way, go slowly.

Benjamin Franklin

If you buy what you don’t need, you steal from yourself.

Benjamin Franklin

If you call one wolf, you invite the pack.

Benjamin Franklin

Ill weeds grow fast.

Benjamin Franklin

When in doubt, do nothing.

Benjamin Franklin

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Bertrand Russell

Keep no more cats than will catch mice.

Bulgarian (on caution and care)

Choose your neighbors before you buy your house.

Buyer beware.

Throw caution to the wind and just do it.

Carrie Underwood

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.

Charles Caleb Colton

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Czech (on indebtedness)

Eggs have no business dancing with stones.

Danish (on prudence)

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

Egyptian (on caution and care)

Don’t be caught flat

English (on business)

Be ever vigilant but never suspicious.

English (on vigilance)

One thing leads to another.

English Proverb

Caution always, but when a man acts he should act suddenly and with decision.


Hear reason or she will make you feel her.

Forewarn'd, forearm'd.

One of the rules of caution is not to be too cautious.

Frank Herbert

Never reveal the bottom of your purse or the depth of your mind.

George Eliot

Caution is the eldest child of wisdom.

George John Whyte-Melville

A little caution outflanks a large cavalry.

George Washington

Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

German (on prudence)

The second word makes the quarrel.

Haitian (on caution and care)

Fear the Greeks bearing gifts.

Haitian (on prudence)

Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping.

Hausa (West African) (on planning)

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

Hawaiian (on the conduct of life)

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


It’s an ill wind that blows no good.

Ilocano (Filipino) (on journeys)

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

Iranian (on caution and care)

Only a fool tests the water with both feet.

Italian (on caution and care)

Beware the person with nothing to lose.

Italian (on prudence)

A fool and his money are quickly parted.

J. Bridges

Nothing seems expensive on credit.

J. Dare

The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting.

Japanese (on caution and care)

You never know what lies right around the corner.

Japanese Proverb

‎Be careful not to keep your eyes glued to detail. Stand far enough away to get a perspective of the whole.

Jean Webster

What we call the wisdom that comes with age is usually simple caution.

Jessica Zafra

Woodrow Wilson

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beware the fury of a patient man.

John Dryden

Look before you leap.

John Heywood

Measure a thousand times; cut once.

John Heywood

Once a word is spoken, it flies, you can’t catch it.

John Heywood

Tap even a stone bridge before crossing it.

John Heywood

Fine feathers don’t make fine birds.

John Philpot Curran

Caution, though very often wasted is a good risk to take.

Josh Billings

The prudent embark when the sea is calm

Korean (on vigilance)

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut

Choose your friends with caution. Plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith.

Latin American (on caution and care)

Creditors have better memories than debtors.

Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve.

Louis L'Amour

More caution and perhaps more restraint are necessary in breaking a fast than in keeping it.

Mahatma Gandhi

He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.

Malay (on caution and care)

Whoever has a tail of straw should not get too close to the fire.

Maori (on prudence)

Among mortals second thoughts are wisest.

Miguel de Cervantes

One must not play on the nose of a sleeping bear.

Mind your p's and q's.

It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.

Otto von Bismarck

Beware the door with too many keys.

Portuguese (on vigilance)

The scars of others should teach us caution.

Publilius Syrus

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

R. Taverner

The crab that walks too far, falls into the pot.

Robert Burton

Penny wise, pound foolish.

Russian Proverb

Better to be safe than sorry.

Samuel Lover

What thou seest, speak of with caution.


Caution comes too late when we are in the midst of evils.

St. Jerome

It’s but little good you’ll do a

Swedish (on thrift)

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

T. Taylor

Walls have ears.

Tagalog (Filipino)(on vigilance)

Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.

Thomas Carlyle

Every step of life shows much caution is required.

Thomas S. Monson

Once bitten, twice shy.

Turkish (on caution and care)

A watched pot never boils.


Always be prepared.


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


Be careful what you wish for.


Colonial American Saying


Distrust and caution are the parents of security.


Easy does it.


It is a good thing to learn caution by from the misfortunes of others.


Pick your poison.


The hardest person to awaken is the person already awake.


Caution is the lower story of prudence.

Victor Hugo

Beware the Greeks bearing gifts.


Fish don’t get caught in deep water.


Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

W. Clement Stone

And let us with Caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.

Walter Scott

Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel.

Ziad K. Abdelnour

Be careful not to compromise what you want most for what you want now.

Zig Ziglar

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