Baltasar Gracian

(Baltasar Gracián y Morales)

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A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. Public Relations & Image
Courtesy is the politic witchery of great personages. Leaders & Leadership
Don’t give explanations to those who haven’t asked for them. And although they are asked for, it is folly to give them too eagerly. To offer excuses before they are called for is to incriminate yourself, and to bleed yourself when you are healthy is to attract malady and malice. Excusing yourself before hand awakens suspicions that were fast asleep. The prudent person should never blink before the suspicion of others: that would be looking for offense. He should try to dissimulate with a firm, righteous manner. Human Nature
Don’t take the wrong side of the argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Man’s life is warfare against the malice of men. Miscellaneous
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The only advantage of power is that you can do more good. Power
Those who insist on the dignity of their office, show they have not deserved it. Leaders & Leadership
What the multitude says is so, or soon will be. Public Opinion & Polling
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. Truth
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear 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.
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.
Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
Begin with another's to end with your own.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
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.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Evil report carries further than any applause.
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.
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.
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Life ;Friendship
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything. Religion & God
He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave. Communication & Communications
He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one. Hope
Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check. Hope
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
Know or listen to those who know. Motivation
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself. Power ;Patience
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. Time
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art. Nature ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade. Friendship
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity. Time
Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. Respect
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
The things we remember best are those better forgotten.
The wise does at once what the fool does at last. Motivation
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. Time
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.
Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.
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. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
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. Life ;Friendship
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.
When desire dies, fear is born.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Work is the price which is paid for reputation. Work, Workers & The Labor Force

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