Quotes by: Baltasar Gracian
8 January 1601|
Belmonte, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
||6 December 1658
Tarazona, Aragon, Spain
|Power, politics, strategy, moral philosophy
Seneca, Epictetus, Plutarch, Publilius Syrus, Desiderius Erasmus
Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
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.
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.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
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.
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.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
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.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
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.