Quotes by: Baltasar Gracian

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Baltasar Gracián
Baltasar Gracián
Born (1601-01-08)8 January 1601
Belmonte, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Died 6 December 1658(1658-12-06) (aged 57)
Tarazona, Aragon, Spain
Religion Roman Catholic
Era 17th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Christian philosophy
Main interests
Power, politics, strategy, moral philosophy

Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
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
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
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
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
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
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
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
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 take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
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
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.
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