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Baltasar Gracian Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Baltasar Gracian.

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
- Baltasar Gracian

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
- Baltasar Gracian

 

Know or listen to those who know.
- Baltasar Gracian

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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Begin with another's to end with your own.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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

The things we remember best are those better forgotten.
- Baltasar Gracian

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
- Baltasar Gracian

Evil report carries further than any applause.
- Baltasar Gracian

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
- Baltasar Gracian

When desire dies, fear is born.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
- Baltasar Gracian

Work is the price which is paid for reputation.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
- Baltasar Gracian

Have friends.
'Tis a second existence.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
- Baltasar Gracian

Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
- Baltasar Gracian

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
- Baltasar Gracian

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
- Baltasar Gracian

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through
a joke than grave teaching.
- Baltasar Gracian

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion,
at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog,
at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.
- Baltasar Gracian

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion,
and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
- Baltasar Gracian

It is better to have too much courtesy than too little,
provided you are not equally courteous to all,
for that would be injustice.
- Baltasar Gracian

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will
be miserable from your very happiness.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

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.
- Baltasar Gracian

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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