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Baltasar Gracian quotes page 2

It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous
to all, for that would be injustice.
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A sage has one advantage: He is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.
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Words are feminine; deeds are masculine.
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A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one.
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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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A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
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It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
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One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come
to the ground.
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Good things, when short, are twice as good.
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Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by
their jackets.
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Keep the extent of your abilities unknown.The wise man does not allow his knowledge and
abilities to be sounded to the bottom, if he desires to be honored at all.
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When desire dies, fear is born.
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A weak spirit does more harm than a weak body.
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We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.
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A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything,
gilds a "No," sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
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Do pleasant things yourself, unpleasant things through others.
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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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Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
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A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
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Be master over yourself before you would be master over others.
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He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
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Know or listen to those who know.
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Two kinds of people are good at foreseeing danger: those who have learned at their own
expense, and the clever people who learn a great deal at the expense of others.
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Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.
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Keep the extent of your abilities unknown. The wise man does not allow his knowledge and
abilities to be sounded to the bottom, if he desires to be honored by all. He allows you to
know them but not to comprehend them. No one must know the extent of his abilities, lest he
be disappointed. No one ever has an opportunity of fathoming him entirely. For guesses and
doubts about the extent of his talents arouse more veneration than accurate knowledge of
them, be they ever so great.
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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.
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Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness.
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Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have
to put up with himself.
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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.
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Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.
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Do not show your wounded finger, for everything will knock up against it.
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Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
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Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.
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One should cultivate good habits of memory, for it is capable of making existence a paradise
or an inferno.
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One half the world laughs at the other, and fools are they all!
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Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
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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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