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True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. ---->>>

Know or listen to those who know.

Know or listen to those who know.

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early. ---->>>

We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.

We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.

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

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

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.

Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. ---->>>

Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.

Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. ---->>>

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

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

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

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. ---->>>

Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do. ---->>>

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade. ---->>>

Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.

Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.

Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one. ---->>>

He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.

He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.

Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you. ---->>>

Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check. ---->>>

It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it. ---->>>

It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards. ---->>>

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

He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.

He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.

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

Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second. ---->>>

True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.

True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. ---->>>

The things we remember best are those better forgotten. ---->>>

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

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

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

Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets. ---->>>

When desire dies, fear is born. ---->>>

Work is the price which is paid for reputation. ---->>>

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.

Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.

Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.

Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.

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. ---->>>

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. ---->>>

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

One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity. ---->>>

There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled. ---->>>

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

Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.

Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.

There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. ---->>>

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it. ---->>>

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence. ---->>>

I strive to be brief, and I become obscure. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Evil report carries further than any applause. ---->>>

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

Begin with another's to end with your own. ---->>>

To oblige persons often costs little and helps much. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Spanish
Born: January 8, 1601
Birthplace: Belmonte, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Die: December 6, 1658
Occupation: Philosopher
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Baltasar Gracián y Morales, SJ (Spanish pronunciation: [baltaˈsar ɣɾaˈθjan]; 8 January 1601 – 6 December 1658), better known as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). His writings were lauded by Schopenhauer and Nietzsche (wikipedia)