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BALTASAR GRACIAN QUOTES

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

They are both foolish and cruel who yoke together the wild beast and the tame.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

The liar suffers twice: he neither believes nor is believed.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Maturity of mind is best shown in slow belief.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

If you cannot make knowledge your servant, make it your friend.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Readiness is the mother of luck.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Look into the interior of things. Things are generally other than they seem, and ignorance that never looks beneath the rind is disillusioned when you show the kernel.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

All victories breed hate, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Never from obstinacy take the wrong side because your opponent has anticipated you by taking the right one. You begin the fight already beaten and must soon take to flight in disgrace.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

In conversation discretion is more important than eloquence.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Lost Secrets of Fame and Fortune

Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Reputation depends more on what is hidden than on what is seen. If you can’t be good, be careful.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Never disclose the source of pain or joy, if you wish the one to cease and the other to endure.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Life is a warfare against the malice of others.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Lies always come first, dragging fools along by their irreparable vulgarity. Truth always lags last, limping along on the arm of time.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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

BALTASAR GRACIAN, attributed, Quote Unquote

Deceit comes in through the ears, but usually leaves through the eyes.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

There are rules to luck, not everything is chance for the wise; luck can be helped by skill.

BALTHASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Cultivate tact for it is the mark of culture ... the lubricant of human relations, softening contacts and minimizing friction.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, attributed, The Speaker's Quote Book

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.

BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom


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