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Baltasar Gracian quotes

Know or listen to those who know.

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

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

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.

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

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

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.

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.

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.

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.

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

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

Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.