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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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

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

Things do not pass for what they are but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.

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

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

I strive to be brief and I become obscure.

Begin with another's to end with your own.

It is better to have too much courtesy than too little provided you are not equally courteous to all for that would be injustice.

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion and where it is not it is wise to affect ignorance.

To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time which even he has who has nothing else.

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

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune, to keep him is a blessing.

To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

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

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

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

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

It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.

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

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