The world is filled with the proverbs and acts and winkings of a base prudence
, which is a devotion to matter, as if we possessed no other faculties than the palate, the nose, the touch, the eye and ear; a prudence
which adores the Rule of Three, which never subscribes, which never gives, which seldom lends, and asks but one question of any project,--Will it bake bread?
But, as to the formality of taking possession in my sovereign's name, it never came once into my thoughts; and if it had, yet, as my affairs then stood, I should perhaps, in point of prudence
and self-preservation, have put it off to a better opportunity.
But a continual change even of good measures is inconsistent with every rule of prudence
and every prospect of success.
The veteran soon caused this set of patriotic disinterestedness to be followed by another of private munificence, that, however little it accorded with prudence
, was in perfect conformity with the simple integrity of his own views.
Who can but admire this quality of gratitude in an unprotected orphan; and, if there entered some degree of selfishness into her calculations, who can say but that her prudence
was perfectly justifiable?
The only happy marriages I know are marriages of prudence