Baltasar Gracián y Morales, SJ, better known as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud. His writings were lauded by Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
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.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.
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.
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.
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
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.
Excellence resides in quality, not in quantity. The best is always few and rare; much lowers value.
Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.
Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
Do not make mistakes about character. Better be cheated in the price than in the quality of goods.
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.
Wisdom is immortal. She can wait forever, but you cannot.
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem.