Discretion is the better part of valor.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #326



今回のフレーズは「Discretion is the better part of valor.」です。

「Discretion is the better part of valor.」は、直訳すると「思慮深さは勇気の大部分」となりますが、実際には「無謀な行動よりも慎重さが大切である」という意味になります。


例えば、友人が無謀な計画を立てているときに、「Discretion is the better part of valor.(勇気も大事だけど、慎重さも大事だよ)」と助言することができます。また、リスクの高い投資を検討している人に「In such uncertain times, discretion is the better part of valour.(このような不確実な時期には、慎重さが大切だ)」と言うこともできます。

「Discretion is the better part of valor.」というフレーズは、ウィリアム・シェイクスピアの戯曲『ヘンリー四世 第1部』(1597年頃)に由来しています。劇中で、フォルスタッフという登場人物が「The better part of valor is discretion(勇気の大部分は慎重にある)」と語ります。その後、無謀なリスクを避けて慎重に行動する重要性を伝える慣用句として定着しました。イギリス英語では「valor」ではなく「valour」が一般的なので、「Discretion is the better part of valour」がよく使われます。

まとめると、「Discretion is the better part of valor.」は、勇気とはただ無謀に行動することではなく、慎重に判断することが本質であることを指します。このフレーズを使うことで、、無謀に突き進むよりも冷静な判断が重要であることを伝えることができます。

この「Discretion is the better part of valor.」を使って、慎重に行動することの大切さを伝える場面で活用してみてください。

Discretion is the better part of valor.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.