In statesmanship prudence counts for more than daring. (Harper’s Weekly)

Those words were written in the issue of April 29, 1865, in commemoration of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. They are words well worth our consideration today. We often look for someone to lead us who is daring and bold, qualities that are commendable in leaders. But prudence—wise judgment—must precede and inform action.

I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion (Proverbs 8:12).