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Baltasar Gracian
January 8, 1601 - December 6, 1658
Nationality: Spanish
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Spanish Philosopher

A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.


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


The things we remember best are those better forgotten.


Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.


Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second.


Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.


Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.


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.


It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.


Little said is soon amended. There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.


To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.


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.


Begin with another's to end with your own.


Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.


Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.


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.


He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.


Know or listen to those who know.


Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive - for that is common - but being missed when you leave.


Evil report carries further than any applause.


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