Caution Sayings and Quotes

A fool and his money are quickly parted.
J. Bridges (1587)

A watched pot never boils.

A word once let out of the cage cannot be whistled back again.
Horace (65-8 BC)

Always be prepared.

Be careful what you ask for; you may get it.
unknown (Thanks to J. Martin)

Be careful what you wish for.

Be ever vigilant but never suspicious.
English (on vigilance)

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion.
Egyptian (on caution and care)

Better the devil you know than the one you don’t
R. Taverner (1539)

Better to be safe than sorry.
Samuel Lover (1797-1868)

Beware a rickety wall, a savage dog and a quarrelsome person.
Iranian (on caution and care)

Beware the door with too many keys.
Portuguese (on vigilance)

Beware the fury of a patient man.
John Dryden (1631-1700)

Beware the Greeks bearing gifts.
Virgil (70-19 BC) “I fear the Greeks even when bearing gifts.”

Beware the person with nothing to lose.
Italian (on prudence)

Buyer beware.
Latin Proverb “Caveat emptor”

Choose your neighbors before you buy your house.
Hausa (West African) (on planning)

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
English (on business)

Do not allow sins to get beyond creeping.
Hawaiian (on the conduct of life)

Don’t be caught flat
ed. – unknown

Don’t sail out farther than you can row back.
Danish (on prudence)

Easy does it.
T. Taylor (1863)

Eggs have no business dancing with stones.
Haitian (on prudence)

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
John Philpot Curran (1750-1817)

Fear the Greeks bearing gifts.
Virgil (70-19 BC) “I fear the Greeks, even when bringing gifts.”

Fine feathers don’t make fine birds.
Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Fish don’t get caught in deep water.
Malay (on caution and care)

Forewarn’d, forearm’d.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Great good nature without prudence is a great misfortune.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

He that scatters thorns, let him not go barefoot.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Hear reason or she will make you feel her.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

If you are going a long way, go slowly.
Ilocano (Filipino) (on journeys)

If you buy what you don’t need, you steal from yourself.
Swedish (on thrift)

If you call one wolf, you invite the pack.
Bulgarian (on caution and care)

Ill weeds grow fast.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

It’s an ill wind that blows no good.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

It’s but little good you’ll do a
ring the last year’s crop. – George Eliot (1819-1880)

Keep no more cats than will catch mice.
J. Dare (1673)

Look before you leap.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Measure a thousand times; cut once.
Turkish (on caution and care)

Mind your p’s and q’s.
English Proverb

Never reveal the bottom of your purse or the depth of your mind.
Italian (on caution and care)

Nothing seems expensive on credit.
Czech (on indebtedness)

Once a word is spoken, it flies, you can’t catch it.
Russian Proverb

Once bitten, twice shy.

One must not play on the nose of a sleeping bear.
German (on prudence)

One thing leads to another.

Only a fool tests the water with both feet.
African Proverb

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
John Heywood (c.1497-1580)

Penny wise, pound foolish.
Robert Burton (1577-1640)

Pick your poison.

Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.
Colonial American Saying

Sleeping people can’t fall down.
Japanese (on caution and care)

Tap even a stone bridge before crossing it.
Korean (on vigilance)

The crab that walks too far, falls into the pot.
Haitian (on caution and care)

The hardest person to awaken is the person already awake.
Tagalog (Filipino)(on vigilance)

The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting.
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The prudent embark when the sea is calm
e rash when the sea is stormy. – Maori (on prudence)

The second word makes the quarrel.
Japanese Proverb

Walls have ears.

When in doubt, do nothing.
George John Whyte-Melville (1821-1878)

Whoever has a tail of straw should not get too close to the fire.
Latin American (on caution and care)

You never know what lies right around the corner.