Authors - Baltasar Gracian
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
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
The path to greatness is along with others.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
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.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Know or listen to those who know.
The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.