The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

— Baltasar Gracian

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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.


Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.


A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.

Baltasar Gracian quote A wise man gets more use from his enemie

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


Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.


He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.


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

Baltasar Gracian quote Friendship multiplies the good of life a

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.


Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.


Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.


The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.


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


To find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.


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.


About Baltasar Gracian

Quotes 261 sayings
Nationality Spanish
Profession Philosopher
Birthday January 8, 1601

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.


One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.


It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.


The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.


Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.


Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.


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


Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.


True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.


Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw 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.


Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.


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


Harness the imagination, for she is the whole of happiness.


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.


Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.


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


Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem.

Most things are judged by their jackets.


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.


When a man's knowledge is deep, he speaks well of an enemy.

Instead of seeking revenge, he extends unexpected generosity. He turns insult into humor, ... and astonishes his adversary who finds no reason not to trust him.


Treat your enemies with courtesy, and you'll see how valuable it really is.

It costs little but pays a nice dividend: those who honor are honored. Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.


The path to greatness is along with others.


True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils.

Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.


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.


It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.


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


Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.


Know how to choose well. Most of life depends thereon. It needs good taste and correct judgment, for which neither intellect nor study suffices.


Life is a warfare against the malice of others.


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


Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.


A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.


Know what is evil, no matter how worshipped it may be.

Let the man of sense not mistake it, even when clothed in brocade, or at times crowned in gold, because it cannot thereby hide its hypocrisy, for slavery does not lose its infamy, however noble the master.


He who puts off nothing till tomorrow has done a great deal.


Mix a little mystery with everything, for mystery arouses veneration.


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


Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.

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