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Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Don’t lie, but don’t tell the whole truth.”

Don’t lie, but don’t tell the whole truth.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “There is no need to show your ability before everyone.”

There is no need to show your ability before everyone.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things for or from others, and thus you gain more enemies than friends.”

Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things for or from others, and thus you gain more enemies than friends.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Attain and maintain a reputation, for it is the usufruct of fame. A stiff climb, for it is the issue of excellence, as rare as mediocrity is common.”

Attain and maintain a reputation, for it is the usufruct of fame. A stiff climb, for it is the issue of excellence, as rare as mediocrity is common.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The crutch of Time accomplishes more than the club of Hercules.”

The crutch of Time accomplishes more than the club of Hercules.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “To keep is more important than to make friends.”

To keep is more important than to make friends.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Knowing how to keep a friend is more important than gaining a new one.”

Knowing how to keep a friend is more important than gaining a new one.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Hope is a great falsifier of truth.”

Hope is a great falsifier of truth.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Never risk your reputation on a single shot, for if you miss the loss is irreparable.”

Never risk your reputation on a single shot, for if you miss the loss is irreparable.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.”

To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The greatest wisdom often consist in ignorance.”

The greatest wisdom often consist in ignorance.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “When desire dies, fear is born.”

When desire dies, fear is born.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Many people who pretend to be very busy have the least to do.”

Many people who pretend to be very busy have the least to do.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Knowledge without courage is sterile.”

Knowledge without courage is sterile.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.”

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.”

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

— Baltasar Gracián


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

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “You should aim to be independent of any one vote, of any one fashion, of any one century.”

You should aim to be independent of any one vote, of any one fashion, of any one century.

— Baltasar Gracián


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

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.”

Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.”

A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.”

It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The more merit, the less affection.”

The more merit, the less affection.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Nothing is good for him for whom nothing is bad.”

Nothing is good for him for whom nothing is bad.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “For a thing to remain undone nothing more is needed than to think of it done.”

For a thing to remain undone nothing more is needed than to think of it done.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Friends provoked become the bitterest of enemies.”

Friends provoked become the bitterest of enemies.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already.”

Some would be sages if they did not believe they were so already.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.”

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Evil report carries further than any applause.”

Evil report carries further than any applause.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “A gilded No is more satisfactory than a dry Yes.”

A gilded No is more satisfactory than a dry Yes.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others.”

None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Wisdom is immortal. She can wait forever, but you cannot.”

Wisdom is immortal. She can wait forever, but you cannot.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one. Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning.”

Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one. Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Man is born a barbarian, and only raises himself above the beast by culture.”

Man is born a barbarian, and only raises himself above the beast by culture.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Politeness is the chief sign of culture.”

Politeness is the chief sign of culture.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “They make the greatest show of what they have done, who have done least.”

They make the greatest show of what they have done, who have done least.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Always act as if you were seen.”

Always act as if you were seen.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “There are certain inessential activities-moths of precious time-and it is worse to busy yourself with the trivial than to do nothing.”

There are certain inessential activities-moths of precious time-and it is worse to busy yourself with the trivial than to do nothing.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.”

The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Trust your heart, especially when it is a strong one.”

Trust your heart, especially when it is a strong one.

— Baltasar Gracián


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

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one’s knowledge or one’s taste.”

Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one’s knowledge or one’s taste.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.”

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Life is a warfare against the malice of others.”

Life is a warfare against the malice of others.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Know how to use evasion. That is how smart people get out of difficulties.”

Know how to use evasion. That is how smart people get out of difficulties.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Excellence resides in quality, not in quantity. The best is always few and rare; much lowers value.”

Excellence resides in quality, not in quantity. The best is always few and rare; much lowers value.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.”

The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Not he that adorns but he that adores makes a divinity.”

Not he that adorns but he that adores makes a divinity.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness.”

Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is a novel kind of supremacy, the best that life can offer, to have as servants by skill those who by nature are our masters.”

It is a novel kind of supremacy, the best that life can offer, to have as servants by skill those who by nature are our masters.

— Baltasar Gracián

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