Famous Quotes By Baltasar Gracian


  1. A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
  2. Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
  3. Always leave something to wish for otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
  4. Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
  5. Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
  6. Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
  7. Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
  8. He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
  9. He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
  10. Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
  11. Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.
  12. Know or listen to those who know.
  13. Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
  14. Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best for that we must have recourse to art.
  15. Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
  16. Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
  17. Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
  18. Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.
  19. Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
  20. The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
  21. The things we remember best are those better forgotten.
  22. The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
  23. 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.
  24. True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune to keep him is a blessing.
  25. True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
  26. When desire dies, fear is born.
  27. Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
  28. Work is the price which is paid for reputation.

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