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 things we remember best are those better forgotten.

Without courage wisdom bears no fruit.

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

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

Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word never to withdraw 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.

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

Don't show off every day or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.

It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious especially those who envy you.

A bad manner spoils everything even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything - gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.

Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best, for that we must have recourse to art.

It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.

Work is the price which is paid for reputation.

To equal a predecessor one must have twice they worth.

There is always time to add a word never to withdraw one.

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

Be content to act and leave the talking to others.

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.

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