Discretion is the better part of valour

This page is about the saying "Discretion is the better part of valour".

Possible interpretation: It may sometimes be better to avoid a dangerous situation than to confront it.

Note: discretion (noun) = 1 the quality of behaving in such a way as to avoid causing offence; 2 the freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation | valour (noun) = great courage in the face of danger

Quick Quiz:

If John says he felt that "discretion was the better part of valour", we understand that

a. he made a loud complaint

b. he said or did nothing

c. he never likes to make a fuss

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Contributor: Josef Essberger