Favorite Quotations Baltasar Gracián Wisdom of Baltasar Gracian

"Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. " ~ Baltasar Gracián


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

Hurry is the weakness of fools.

Not he that adorns but he that adores makes a divinity.

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

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

Maturity of mind is best shown in slow belief.

There is no greater perversity than to take everything to heart.

Do not belong so wholly to others that you do not belong to yourself.

Put a grain of boldness in everything you do.

Many people who pretend to be very busy have the least to do.

So much depends on being a person of depth. The interior must be at least as impressive as the exterior. Some people’s character is all façade, like houses that, due to lack of means, have the portico of a palace leading to the rooms of a cottage.

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Wise men appreciate all men, for they see the good in each and know how hard it is to make anything good.

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

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Never contend with a person that has nothing to lose.

Freedom is more precious than any gifts for which you may be tempted to give it up.

The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.

Good things, when short are twice as good.

Friendship soothes the soul.

You may be obliged to wage war, but not to use poisoned arrows.