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Baltasar Gracián Quote: “You have to appear wiser and more prudent than is required by the people you are dealing with if you want to give a high opinion of yourself.”

You have to appear wiser and more prudent than is required by the people you are dealing with if you want to give a high opinion of yourself.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is profound philosophy to sound the depths of feeling and distinguish traits of character. Men must be studied as deeply as books.”

It is profound philosophy to sound the depths of feeling and distinguish traits of character. Men must be studied as deeply as books.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Most do violence to their natural aptitude, and thus attain superiority in nothing.”

Most do violence to their natural aptitude, and thus attain superiority in nothing.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “He who laughs at everything is as big a fool as he who weeps at everything.”

He who laughs at everything is as big a fool as he who weeps at everything.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Harness the imagination, for she is the whole of happiness.”

Harness the imagination, for she is the whole of happiness.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Be known for pleasing others, especially if you govern them. Ruling other has one advantage: you can do more good than anyone else.”

Be known for pleasing others, especially if you govern them. Ruling other has one advantage: you can do more good than anyone else.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Surfeits of happiness are fatal.”

Surfeits of happiness are fatal.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “When everyone covets something, they are easily annoyed by it.”

When everyone covets something, they are easily annoyed by it.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “A wise prince must never take things easy in times of peace.”

A wise prince must never take things easy in times of peace.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Yes and no are soon said, but give much to think over.”

Yes and no are soon said, but give much to think over.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one’s inmost self.”

There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one’s inmost self.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Peacemakers not only live, they rule life.”

Peacemakers not only live, they rule life.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Even monarchs have need of authors, and fear their pens more than ugly women the painter’s pencil.”

Even monarchs have need of authors, and fear their pens more than ugly women the painter’s pencil.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is a great misfortune to be of use to nobody; scarcely less to be of use to everybody.”

It is a great misfortune to be of use to nobody; scarcely less to be of use to everybody.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is therefore an excellent device to acquire knowledge from everybody.”

It is therefore an excellent device to acquire knowledge from everybody.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “The wise persono would rather see others needing him than thanking him.”

The wise persono would rather see others needing him than thanking him.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Begin with another’s to end with your own.”

Begin with another’s to end with your own.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Superiority is always detested.”

Superiority is always detested.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.”

We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “There must be something good in a thing that pleases so many; even if it cannot be explained, it is certainly enjoyed.”

There must be something good in a thing that pleases so many; even if it cannot be explained, it is certainly enjoyed.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “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.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “You can cultivate taste, as you can the intellect. Full understanding whets the appetite and desire, and, later, sharpens the enjoyment of possession.”

You can cultivate taste, as you can the intellect. Full understanding whets the appetite and desire, and, later, sharpens the enjoyment of possession.

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.”

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

— Baltasar Gracián


Baltasar Gracián Quote: “Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people’s expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would.”

Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people’s expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would.

— Baltasar Gracián

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