Baltasar Gracian: Philosophy quotes
should stop a successful play in time. An ability to give up with a
dignity is as important as to attack with courage. When it is
absolutely enough, when it is achieved much, you should draw a line.
The continuous luck is always suspicious.
should struggle for an easy action as for a hard action and you should
struggle for a hard action as for an easy action. In the first case
you should see to it that your confidence doesnít change into the
carefree. In the second case you should see to it that your
uncertainty doesnít change into the shyness. The direct way not to
accomplish an action is to think in advance that you made it.
Two things kill a person
very quickly: foolishness and debauchery. One man lost a life,
because he couldnít keep it, another man lost a life, because he/her
didnít want to keep it.
Why do you need knowledge, if it is impracticable? In our time the
knowledge of life is the true knowledge.
Speeches are shadows of deeds. The speeches are
female and the deeds are male.
A human life is a struggle
with personís intrigues.
In twenty years the feelings
reigns, in the thirty years a talent reigns, in the forty years a
A passion paints in her colors all things that she touches. When she
hates or loves it is important for her to make an impression on
It is more valuable a skill to hide your demerits and to transform them
into merits. Caesar hid his bald patch under the laurel wreath.
A skill to govern people is to find a master-key to each person.
The best revenge is oblivion. He buries an enemy in dust his nonentity.
Mediocrity can achieve more with zeal than endowments without it. A
glory buys with difficulty. What is given by ease, it isnít estimated
An intellect without prudence is a double madness.
It is better to be reasonable than to be very clever. To know more
than necessary is to show refinement. Where is thinly, there tears.
Generally accepted is more reliable.
Deeds are the fruits of our thoughts. From the good thoughts will be the
Hope is a good hand at faking a truth. Lass a sobriety keep her. You
should think more about useful than about your desires.
A wise man estimates all,
because in all people he notices something good.
If you donít know the way, you
should stay with wise and careful men. Sooner or later they find the
right way out.