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“One who was abhorred by all in prosperity is adored by all in adversity.”

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

“Tis much to gain universal admiration; more, universal love.”

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

“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 Gracian

“A person of your century: Great persons are of their time. Not all were born into a period worthy of them, and many so born failed to benefit by it. Some merited a better century, for all that is good does not always triumph. Fashions have their periods and even the greatest virtues, their styles. But the philosopher, being ageless, has one advantage: Should this not prove the right century, many to follow will.”

 

Baltasar Gracian

“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 Gracian

“Have Friends. ‘Tis a second existence.”

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

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

 

Baltasar Gracian

“Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good.”

 

Baltasar Gracian

“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 Gracian

“Hope is a great falsifier of truth.”

 

Baltasar Gracian