Authors - Baltasar Gracian

Brief Biography

Baltasar Gracian y Morales, SJ (January 8, 1601 - December 6, 1658) was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). His proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. - Wikipedia

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Quote 1004by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
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    Quote 1612by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

    Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
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      Quote 1889by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

      Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
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        Quote 2223by Anonymous on 25/01/2011

        A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
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          Quote 2610by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

          The path to greatness is along with others.
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            Quote 2811by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

            The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
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              Quote 3106by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

              One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground.
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                Quote 3450by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
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                  Quote 3570by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                  Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
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                    Quote 3916by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                    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 islandÂ….to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
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                      Quote 4268by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                      Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
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                        Quote 4475by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                        Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
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                          Quote 4697by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                          A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
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                            Quote 4729by Anonymous on 26/02/2011

                            Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
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                              Quote 9007by Anonymous on 10/06/2012

                              An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
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                                Quote 10641by Anonymous on 15/10/2012

                                Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
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                                  Quote 10661by Anonymous on 19/10/2012

                                  Know or listen to those who know.
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                                    Quote 11374by Anonymous on 25/12/2012

                                    The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
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                                      Quote 12946by Anonymous on 05/06/2013

                                      Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
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                                        Quote 13181by Anonymous on 26/06/2013

                                        Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
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