Baltasar Gracian Quotes
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When desire dies, fear is born.
Exaggeration is a branch of lying.
Exaggeration is a species of lying.
Hope is a great falsifier of truth.
Self-reflection is the school of wisdom
Ability is wont to grow old, and with it fame.
Blame is like the lightning; it hits the highest.
Friends provoked become the bitterest of enemies.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice.
The things we remember best are those better forgotten.
Truth always lags last, limping along on the arm of time.
Wisdom is immortal. She can wait forever, but you cannot.
The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
In conversation, discretion is more important than eloquence.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
Nature often lets us down when we most need her; let us turn to art.
Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
A brand new mediocrity is thought more of than accustomed excellence.
All victories breed hate, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than to lie awake about them afterward.
Many things cause pain, which would cause pleasure if you regarded their advantages.
Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
Avoid affectation. The more merit, the less affectation, which gives a vulgar flavor.
To dissent from others' views is regarded as an insult because it is their condemnation.
Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.
The sage has one advantage: he is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Keep expectation alive. Keep stirring it up. Let much promise more, and great deeds herald greater.
"No" and "Yes" are words quickly said, but they need a great amount of thought before you utter them.
Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it, and that it is too much for them.
Never risk your reputation on a single trial, because if it does not turn out well, the damage will be irreparable.
There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one's inmost self.
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, and at eighty nothing.
Cultivate tact, for it is the mark of culture, and as important as character itself. It is the lubricant of human relationships, softening contacts and minimizing friction.
Self reflection is the school of wisdom.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.