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Baltasar Gracian

Baltasar Gracián y Morales, SJ (Spanish pronunciation: [balta?sar ??a??jan]; 8 January 1601 – 6 December 1658), formerly Anglicized as Baltazar Gracian, 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.

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True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life ...

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Know or listen to those who know.

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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.

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

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Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

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

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

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

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

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At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog ...

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Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't be ...

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Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She s ...

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

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

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