General Indiscretion

Sunday, June 27, 2010 – General Indiscretion

All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end. ~ Tacitus

A Foreign Secretary is forever poised between the cliché and the indiscretion. ~ Harold MacMillan

The function of a briefing paper is to prevent the ambassador from saying something dreadfully indiscreet. I sometimes think its true object is to prevent the ambassador from saying anything at all. ~ Kingman Brewster, Jr.

A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. ~ Thomas Hardy

All good art is an indiscretion. ~ Tennessee Williams

Indeed, I was so afraid to dishonor my friends and family by my indiscreet actions that I rather chose to be accounted a fool, than to be thought rude or wanton. ~ Margaret Cavendish

Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are. ~ Oscar Wilde

Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet. ~ John Donne

I have the most perfect confidence in your indiscretion. ~ Sydney Smith

TALK, v.t. – To commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose. ~ Ambrose Bierce

It was as if, at moments, we were perpetually coming into sight of subjects before which we must stop short, turning suddenly out of alleys that we perceived to be blind, closing with a little bang that made us look at each other – for, like all bangs, it was something louder than we had intended – the doors we had indiscreetly opened. ~ Henry James

Constancy has nothing virtuous in itself, independently of the pleasure it confers, and partakes of the temporizing spirit of vice in proportion as it endures tamely moral defects of magnitude in the object of its indiscreet choice. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and knowledge into a degree of contempt. They compose at most a merry fellow; and a merry fellow was never yet a respectable man. ~ Lord Chesterfield

Beware of the pursuit of the Superhuman; it leads to an indiscriminate contempt for the human. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people. ~ Saki

I find it’s as hard to live down an early triumph as an early indiscretion. ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

My tongue within my lips I rein: For who talks much must talk in vain. ~ John Gay, Introduction to the Fables (pt. I, l. 57)

And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south – With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth; Four things greater than all things are – Women and Horses and Power and War. ~ Rudyard Kipling, Ballad of the King’s Jest

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. ~ Yogi Berra

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet. ~ Ann Landers

Everybody’s talking trash these days, so why not keep quiet? ~ Dennis Rodman

Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop. ~ Marcel Marceau

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about. ~ Miguel de Unamuno

Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it. ~ Shel Silverstein

If you are the greatest, why would you go around talking about it? ~ Joe Rogan

When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself. ~ Peter O’Toole

Have you ever had one of those moments when you look up and realize that you’re one of those people you see on the train talking to themselves? ~ Marc Maron

I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know anything about. ~ Oscar Wilde

Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don’t know what your rights are, or who the person is you’re talking to. Then on the way out, slam the door. ~ Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts

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