Baltasar Gracian Quotes (24 quotations)

1. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. - Baltasar Gracian

2. All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that. - Baltasar Gracian

3. Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. - Baltasar Gracian

4. 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. - Baltasar Gracian

5. Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others. - Baltasar Gracian

6. Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. - Baltasar Gracian

7. Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way. - Baltasar Gracian

8. Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance. - Baltasar Gracian

9. Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. - Baltasar Gracian

10. He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything. - Baltasar Gracian

11. He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold. - Baltasar Gracian

12. I strive to be brief, and I become obscure. - Baltasar Gracian

13. It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward. - Baltasar Gracian

14. It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you. - Baltasar Gracian

15. Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier. - Baltasar Gracian

16. Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself. - Baltasar Gracian

17. Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art. - Baltasar Gracian

18. Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong. - Baltasar Gracian

19. Never open the door to the lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. - Baltasar Gracian

20. Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame. - Baltasar Gracian

21. Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light. - Baltasar Gracian

22. 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. - Baltasar Gracian

23. The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. - Baltasar Gracian

24. Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers. - Baltasar Gracian

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