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Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.”

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

— Baltasar Gracián



Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The greatest service you can render someone else is helping him help himself.”

The greatest service you can render someone else is helping him help himself.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Everything foreign is respected, partly because it comes from afar, partly because it is ready made and perfect.”

Everything foreign is respected, partly because it comes from afar, partly because it is ready made and perfect.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “There are rules to luck, not everything is chance for the wise; luck can be helped by skill.”

There are rules to luck, not everything is chance for the wise; luck can be helped by skill.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another’s fame.”

Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another’s fame.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Treat your enemies with courtesy, and you’ll see how valuable it really is. It costs little but pays a nice dividend: those who honor are honored. Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.”

Treat your enemies with courtesy, and you’ll see how valuable it really is. It costs little but pays a nice dividend: those who honor are honored. Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Fools rush in through the door; for folly is always bold.”

Fools rush in through the door; for folly is always bold.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.”

It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Passion colors all that it touches in its own hues.”

Passion colors all that it touches in its own hues.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time.”

Truth always lags behind, limping along on the arm of Time.

— Baltasar Gracián



Baltasar Gracián Quote: “One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground.”

One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.”

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itselft.”

Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itselft.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Keep expectation alive. Keep stirring it up. Let much promise more, and great deeds herald greater.”

Keep expectation alive. Keep stirring it up. Let much promise more, and great deeds herald greater.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “If to talk to oneself when alone is folly, it must be doubly unwise to listen to oneself in the presence of others.”

If to talk to oneself when alone is folly, it must be doubly unwise to listen to oneself in the presence of others.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Do not show your wounded finger for everything will knock up against it.”

Do not show your wounded finger for everything will knock up against it.

— Baltasar Gracián


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

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.”

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Know the great men of your age.”

Know the great men of your age.

— Baltasar Gracián



Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The wise are always impatient, for he that increases knowledge increases impatience of folly.”

The wise are always impatient, for he that increases knowledge increases impatience of folly.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The wise person finds enemies more useful than the fool does friends .”

The wise person finds enemies more useful than the fool does friends .

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Character and intelligence are the poles you talent spins on, displaying your gifts.”

Character and intelligence are the poles you talent spins on, displaying your gifts.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.”

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “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.”

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 Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is more offensive to outshine in dignity than in personal attractions.”

It is more offensive to outshine in dignity than in personal attractions.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “To overvalue something is a form of lying.”

To overvalue something is a form of lying.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.”

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “You should avoid making yourself too clear even in your explanations.”

You should avoid making yourself too clear even in your explanations.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “We live by information, not by sight.”

We live by information, not by sight.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.”

At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Courtesy is the politic witchery of great personages.”

Courtesy is the politic witchery of great personages.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.”

An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “When you find Fortune favorable, stride boldly forward, for she favors the bold, and being a woman, the young.”

When you find Fortune favorable, stride boldly forward, for she favors the bold, and being a woman, the young.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive – for that is common – but being missed when you leave.”

Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn’t being applauded when you arrive – for that is common – but being missed when you leave.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “God Himself chasteneth not with a rod but with time.”

God Himself chasteneth not with a rod but with time.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.”

Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Beauty and folly are generally companions.”

Beauty and folly are generally companions.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “If you are wise, live as you can; if you cannot, live as you would.”

If you are wise, live as you can; if you cannot, live as you would.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are.”

The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Cultivate those who can teach you.”

Cultivate those who can teach you.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.”

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Many get the repute of being witty but thereby lose the credit of being sensible. Jest has its little hour, seriousness should have all the rest.”

Many get the repute of being witty but thereby lose the credit of being sensible. Jest has its little hour, seriousness should have all the rest.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Truth is for the minority.”

Truth is for the minority.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Fortune soon tires of carrying anyone long on her shoulders.”

Fortune soon tires of carrying anyone long on her shoulders.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is impossible to live without brains, either one’s own or borrowed.”

It is impossible to live without brains, either one’s own or borrowed.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other’s slave.”

He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other’s slave.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The liar suffers twice: he neither believes nor is believed.”

The liar suffers twice: he neither believes nor is believed.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “What the multitude says, is so, or soon will be so.”

What the multitude says, is so, or soon will be so.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Maturity is the slowness in which a man believes.”

Maturity is the slowness in which a man believes.

— Baltasar Gracián

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