Who on Earth is Baltasar Gracián?

Baltasar Gracián y Morales was a Spanish seventeenth century philosopher.

Books by Baltasar Gracián

Quotes by Baltasar Gracián

“A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.”

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

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

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

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

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“Always act as if others were watching.”

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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“Be first the master of yourself.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“Know or listen to those who know.”

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“Knowledge without courage is sterile.”

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“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. ”

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

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“Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose. ”

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“Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong. ”

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“Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.”

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“Never share your secrets with those greater than you.”

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“One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred by all in adversity.”

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“Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light.”

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“Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.”

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“Readiness is the mother of luck.”

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“Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.”

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“Rivalry discovers that courtesy overlooks.”

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“Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.”

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“The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.”

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“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.”

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“The most and best of us depend on others; we have to live either among friends or among enemies.”

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“The right kind of leisure is better than the wrong kind of work.”

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“The things we remember best are those better forgotten. ”

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“The wise does at once what the fool does at last.”

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“There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.”

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“Things are done quickly enough if done well. If just quickly done they can be quickly undone.”

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“True knowledge lies in knowing how to live. ”

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“We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.”

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“When desire dies, fear is born.”

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“When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.”

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“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. ”

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