Balthasar Gracian Quotes

Balthasar Gracian

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Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.

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Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.

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Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own fingers.

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Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.

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Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.

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Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.

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It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.

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Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.

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The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.

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Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.

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Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light.

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Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.

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All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.

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He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.

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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

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