Baltasar Gracian

Baltasar Gracien y Morales (January 8, 1601 - December 6, 1658) was a Spanish Baroque prose writer. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon)

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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
All that really belongs to us is time even he who has nothing else has that.
All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.
At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.
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.
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.
Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
Friendship multiplies the good in life and divides the evil.
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
It is impossible to live without brains, either one's own or borrowed.
Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light.
The great art of giving consists in this the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

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