Baltasar Gracian quotes

“The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“When desire dies, fear is born.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Work is the price which is paid for reputation.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“The things we remember best are those better forgotten.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Begin with another's to end with your own.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Evil report carries further than any applause.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“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.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.”

— Baltasar Gracian

“To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.”

— Baltasar Gracian
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