Baltasar Gracian

Spanish Jesuit, writer and philosopher

Lived from: 1601-1658

Category: Philosophers | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Baltasar Gracian

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    Courtesy is the politic witchery of great personages.
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    Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.
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    Do something well, and that is quickly enough.
    Source: The Art of Worldly Wisdom
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    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.
    Source: The Art of Worldly Wisdom
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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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    Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
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    Everything foreign is respected, partly because it comes from afar, partly because it is ready made and perfect.
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    Evil report carries further than any applause.
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    Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one's knowledge or one's taste.
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    Few are the friends of a man's self, most those of his circumstances.
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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.
    Source: The Art of Worldly Wisdom
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    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.
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    Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Tis the sole remedy against misfortune, the very ventilation of the soul.
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    Good things, when short, are twice as good.
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    Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.