Baltasar Gracian Quotes
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.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
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.
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.
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Begin with another's to end with your own.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
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.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
Evil report carries further than any applause.
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.
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January 8, 1601
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