Baltasar Gracian

Baltasar Gracian

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (8 January 1601 – 6 December 1658), better known as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). His writings were lauded by Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

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The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

A man of honour should never forget what he is, because he sees what others are.

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.

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.

Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.

Evil report carries further than any applause.

Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.

Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.

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

At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.

Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.

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

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

Let the first impulse pass wait for the second.

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.

Know or listen to those who know.

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

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

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