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The meaning and origin of the expression: Discretion is the better part of valour

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Discretion is the better part of valour

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Discretion is the better part of valour'?

Literal meaning.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Discretion is the better part of valour'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareShakespeare, in Henry IV, Part One, 1596:

Falstaff: 'The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.'

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