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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Philosopher
Nation: Spanish
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Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.

Tags: Appear, Hero, Rather

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

Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.

Tags: Pass, Second, Wait

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

Tags: Die, Jealousy, Win

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.

Tags: Act, Leave, Others

He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.

Tags: Another, Communication, Makes

When desire dies, fear is born.

Tags: Born, Desire, Fear

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

Tags: Chance, Luck, Wise

Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.

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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.

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True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.

Tags: Knowing, Knowledge, True

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Tags: Courage, Fruit, Wisdom

Work is the price which is paid for reputation.

Tags: Paid, Reputation, Work

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

Tags: Side, Taken, Wrong

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

Tags: Satisfied, Thirst, Turns

Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.

Tags: Good, Great, Hope

The things we remember best are those better forgotten.

Tags: Best, Forgotten, Remember

There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.

Tags: Add, Time, Word

There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.

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Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.

Tags: Judged, Pass, Seem

Begin with another's to end with your own.

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Evil report carries further than any applause.

Tags: Applause, Carries, Evil
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Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.

Tags: Existence, Friends, Second

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.

Tags: Become, Obscure, Strive

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.

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Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.

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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

To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.

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To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

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We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.

Tags: Depend, Often, Put

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

Know or listen to those who know.

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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

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.

Tags: Integrity, Lie, Single

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

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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 have a companion that casts you in the shade.

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

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The wise does at once what the fool does at last.

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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

Tags: Others, Respect, Yourself

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

Tags: Alone, Wisdom, Wise

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.

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Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

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

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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

Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.

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A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.

Tags: Beautiful, Her, Woman

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

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.

Tags: Good, Gratitude, Hope
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