Baltasar Gracián


Spanish Jesuit Writer and Philosopher

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The things we remember best are those better forgotten.

The tongue is a wild beast; once let loose it is hard to chain.

The man who lives a peaceful life lives a long life.

The passions are the gates of the soul.

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

The heaven of the envied is hell for the envious.

The disease is often made worse by the remedy.

The great rule of life: Learn to forget.

The best remedy for disturbances is to let them run their course, for so they quiet down.

Success rarely brings satisfaction.

The art of correcting scandal is to ignore it; to combat it prejudices your own case.

Sometimes it proves the highest understanding not to understand.

Select the lucky and avoid the unlucky. Ill-luck is generally the penalty of folly, and there is no disease so contagious.

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.

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

Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else.

Never talk of yourself. You must either praise yourself, which is vain, or blame yourself, which is small-minded.

Nothing arouses ambition in the heart like the clarion-call of another's fame.

Never stake your reputation on a single cast.

It is wise to aim high so as to hit your mark.

Never battle with a man who has nothing to lose, for then the conflict is unequal.

It is far easier to prevent than to cure.

It is not enough for a careful man not to meddle with others, he must see that they do not meddle with him.

In prosperity prepare for adversity. It is both wiser and easier to collect winter stores in summer.

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

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Spanish Jesuit Writer and Philosopher