About Baltasar Gracian:
Baltasar Gracián y Morales was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). His writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Know or listen to those who know.
Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
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.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.
For the advice in a joke is sometimes more useful than the most serious teaching.
The most and best of us depend on others; we have to live either among friends or among enemies.
Rivalry discovers that courtesy overlooks.