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BALTASAR GRACIAN
(USED PSEUDONYM LORENZO GRACIAN)
Spanish philosopher
(1601 - 1658)
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A man of honor should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
      - [Honor]

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
      - [Enemies]

Admiration is the basis of ignorance.
      - [Admiration]

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.
      - [Action]

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
      - [Wisdom]

Censure is like the lightning which strikes the highest mountains.
      - [Censure]

Chance has something to say in everything, even how to write a good letter.
      - [Chance]

Evil report carries further than any applause.
      - [Evil]

For a thing to remain undone nothing more is needed than to think of it done.
      - [Accomplishments]

Fortune pays sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration.
      - [Fortune]

Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.
      - [Fortune]

Good things, when short, are twice as good.
      - [Brevity]

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
      - [Ability]

Know or listen to those who know.
      - [Learning]

Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
      - [Mediocrity]

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

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
      - [Nothing]

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

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

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
      - [Respect]

Silence is the sanctuary of prudence.
      - [Silence]

Sometimes it proves the highest understanding not to understand.
      - [Understanding]

The crutch of Time accomplishes more than the club of Hercules.
      - [Time]

The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are.
      - [Fools]

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
      - [Power]


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