Baltasar Gracian's Quotes
Biography of Baltasar Gracian
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.Tags: Ignorance, Knowledge, Wise
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.Tags: Alone, Beast, God
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.Tags: Advice, Sometimes, Teacher
He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.Tags: Another, Communication, Makes
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.Tags: Art, Best, Nature
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.Tags: Him, Patience, Power
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.Tags: Said, Time, Word
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.Tags: Greatness
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.Tags: Side, Taken, Wrong
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.Tags: Cannot, Excellent, Somebody
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.Tags: Judged, Pass, Seem
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It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.Tags: Courteous, Courtesy, Injustice
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.Tags: After, Door, Evil
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.Tags: Center, Pass, Time
Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.Tags: Dignity, Office, Show
To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.Tags: Business, Else, Time
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.Tags: Her, She, Sometimes
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.Tags: Age, Beauty, Good
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.Tags: Friendship, Good, Life
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.Tags: Off, Show, Talent
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.Tags: Anger, Temper, Wrong
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.Tags: Dreams, Good, Nowhere
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.Tags: Happiness, Leave, Wish
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.Tags: Common, Leave, Often
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.Tags: Dog, Lion, Thirty
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.Tags: Great, Luck, Waiting
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.Tags: Confidence, Difficult, May
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.Tags: Awake, Lie, Sleep
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.Tags: Envy, Good, May
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.Tags: Forget, Honour, Others
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.Tags: Ability, Assignment, Great