The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.
Every man has his dignity. I'm willing to forget mine, but at my own discretion and not when someone else tells me to.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty, and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear, that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours. This right flows from the very nature of man.
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
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.
Notable talents are not necessarily connected with discretion.
Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
Depart from discretion when it interferes with duty.
Most high courts in other nations do not have discretion, such as we enjoy, in selecting the cases that the high court reviews. Our court is virtually alone in the amount of discretion it has.
The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
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.
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
Philosophy is nothing but discretion.
Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
Judgment is not upon all occasions required, but discretion always is.
Discretion is not the better part of biography.
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.
We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.