Baltasar Gracian quotes page 3
One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred by all in adversity.
Watchfulness is the only guard against cunning. Be intent on his intentions. Many succeed in
making others do their own affairs, and unless you possess the key to their motives you may
at any moment be forced to take their chestnuts out of the fire to the damage of your own
Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.
Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.
Never lose your self-respect, nor be too familiar with yourself when you are alone. Let your
integrity itself be your own standard of rectitude, and be more indebted to the severity of
your own judgement of yourself than to all external precepts. Desist from unseemly conduct,
rather out of respect for your own virtue than for the strictures of external authority. Come
to hold yourself in awe, and you will have no need of Seneca's imaginary tutor.