Baltasar Gracian Quotes

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes

Do not be inaccessible. None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others. He is an incorrigible ass who will never listen to any one. Even the most surpassing intellect should find a place for friendly counsel. Sovereignty itself must learn to lean. There are some that are incorrigible simply because they are inaccessible: They fall to ruin because none dares to extricate them. The highest should have the door open for friendship; it may prove the gate of help. A friend must be free to advise, and even to upbraid, without feeling embarrassed.
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Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.

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Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.

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

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Know how to play the card of contempt. It is the most politic kind of revenge. For there are many of whom we should have known nothing if their distinguished opponents had taken no notice of them. There is no revenge like oblivion, for it is the entombment of the unworthy in the dust of their own nothingness.

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Know how to use evasion. That is how smart people get out of difficulties.

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Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things for or from others, and thus you gain more enemies than friends.

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Maturity of mind is best shown in slow belief.

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One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground

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Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light.

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We live by information, not by sight.

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It is therefore an excellent device to acquire knowledge from everybody.

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The sage has one advantage: he is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.

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Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time.

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