Quotes by Baltasar Gracian

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Baltasar Gracin y Morales (January 8, 1601 - December 6, 1658), Spanish prose writer, was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). more

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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
Good things, when short, are twice as good.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.
Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other ones invariably slink in after it.
When desire dies, fear is born.
There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.
Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
Begin with another's to end with your own.
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much.
Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.
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.
True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.
To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.
He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.
There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.
It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.
The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.