Baltasar Gracián Quotes

Who is Baltasar Gracián?

Baltasar Gracián y Morales was a Spanish seventeenth century philosopher.

Born January 08, 1601
Died December 06, 1658

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“A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.”

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”

“A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

“Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.”

“All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.”

“Always act as if others were watching.”

“Always have your mouth full of sugar to sweeten your words, so that even your ill-wishers enjoy them.”

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“Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.”

“Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”

“Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.”

“Avoid outshining the master. All superiority is odious, but the superiority of a subject over his prince is not only stupid, it is fatal. This is a lesson that the stars in the sky teach us – they may be related to the sun, and just as brilliant, but they never appear in her company.”

“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.”

“Be first the master of yourself.”

“Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone. ”

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“Do not show your wounded finger, for everything will knock up against it.”

“Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.”

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“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”


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“Don’t take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.”

“Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way. ”

“Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive, for that is common, but being missed when you leave.”

“Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.”

“He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave. ”

“He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.”

“He who finds fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.”

“It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.”

“Keep the extent of your abilities unknown.The wise man does not allow his knowledge and abilities to be sounded to the bottom, if he desires to be honored at all.”

“Know or listen to those who know.”

“Knowledge without courage is sterile.”

“Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second. ”

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“Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. ”

“Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.”

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“The hardest tumble a man can take is to fall over his own bluff.”


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