Spanish Jesuit Writer and Philosopher
"A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself."
"Avoid familiarities in intercourse. Neither use them nor permit them. The stars keep their brilliance by not making themselves common. Every familiarity breeds contempt."
"Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult tasks as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed."
"Character and intellect: the two poles of our capacity. One without the other is but half-way to happiness."
"Do not be inaccessible. None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others. He is an incorrigible ass who will never listen to any one... A friend must be free to advise, and even to upbraid, without feeling embarrassed."
"If to talk to oneself when alone is folly, it must be doubly unwise to listen to oneself in the presence of others... In conversation discretion is more important than eloquence."
"Know how to use your enemies. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends."
"One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground."
"Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one's knowledge or one's taste."
"In prosperity prepare for adversity. It is both wiser and easier to collect winter stores in summer."