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Zeal without prudence is frenzy

This page is about the saying "Zeal without prudence is frenzy"

Possible interpretation:
If the energy of zeal is not counterbalanced by thought, then it is not zeal but a kind of mental derangement.

Note:
zeal (noun) = enormous energy or enthusiasm for a cause or an objective | prudence (noun) = quality of showing care and thought | frenzy (noun) = uncontrolled excitement; wild behaviour

Quick Quiz:

"Zeal without prudence is frenzy" seems to recommend that zealous people should be

a. prudent

b. imprudent

c. frenzied

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Contributor: Josef Essberger