Baltasar Gracian Quotes

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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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A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Those who insist on the dignity of their
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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It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Let him that hath no power of patience
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.

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

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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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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: To oblige persons often costs little and
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

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A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.

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Do not commit yourself to anybody or anything, for that is to be a slave, a slave to every man Above all, keep yourself free of commitments and obligations - they are the device of another to get you into his power

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Know how to play the card of contempt it
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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Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.

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Hurry is the weakness of fools.

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Many pleasant things are better when they belong to someone else ... When things belong to others, we enjoy them twice as much, without the risk of losing them, and with the pleasure of novelty.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Always act as if you were seen
Always act as if you were seen.

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Silence is the sanctuary of prudence.

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Excellence resides in quality, not in quantity. The best is always few and rare; much lowers value.

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Keep expectation alive. Keep stirring it up. Let much promise more, and great deeds herald greater.

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

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Knowledge and courage take turns at
Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness.

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Many people who pretend to be very busy have the least to do.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: All victories breed and that over your
All victories breed, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.

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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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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: The wise persono would rather see others
The wise persono would rather see others needing him than thanking him.

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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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Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.

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Help others solve their problems; standing farther away, you can often see matters more clearly than they do ... The greatest service you can render someone else is helping him or her help themselves.

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We live by information, not by sight.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: The greatest fool is he who thinks he is
The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are.

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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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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Tis by no means the least of lifes rules
Tis by no means the least of life's rules: To let things alone.

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None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: It is therefore an excellent device to
It is therefore an excellent device to acquire knowledge from everybody.

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The greatest wisdom often consist in ignorance.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: You have to appear wiser and more
You have to appear wiser and more prudent than is required by the people you are dealing with if you want to give a high opinion of yourself.

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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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Be known for pleasing others, especially if you govern them. Ruling other has one advantage: you can do more good than anyone else.

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

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You should aim to be independent of any one vote, of any one fashion, of any one century.

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There must be something good in a thing that pleases so many; even if it cannot be explained, it is certainly enjoyed.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: Tis much to gain universal admiration
Tis much to gain universal admiration; more, universal love.

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Hope is a great falsifier of truth.

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It is a great misfortune to be of use to nobody; scarcely less to be of use to everybody.

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Baltasar Gracian Quotes: You may be obliged to wage war but not
You may be obliged to wage war, but not to use poisoned arrows.

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Even monarchs have need of authors, and fear their pens more than ugly women the painter's pencil.

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What is not seen is as if it was not. Even the Right does not receive proper consideration if it does not seem right.

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