The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a book written in by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better known as Baltasar Gracian. It is a collection of maxims, each with. The Art of Worldly Wisdom has ratings and reviews. 7jane said: This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience. If y. 74 quotes from The Art of Worldly Wisdom: ‘Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.’.

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The Aragonese village where he was born Belmonte de Calatayudchanged its name to Belmonte de Gracian in his honour. Feb 07, Mohammad rated it it was amazing. The more luck pyramids, the greater the danger of slip and collapse. Also, this translation is, I feel, much better than those I’ve seen marketed under the variant title Art of Worldly Wisdom.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom Quotes by Baltasar Gracián

Mar 19, Melina rated it it was amazing Shelves: For luck always compensates her intensity by her brevity. I DO also read the Bible, The Qu’ran and other religous books as well However, the advice in this little book is invaluable.

Theological writing, much like the religious experience, is defined in ways that diminish and ridicule its very existence. The extraordinary of every kind is always rare, wherefore temper your estimate. Trecento aforismi, campioni di scrittura per un pensiero breve, affatto superficiale.

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The Art of Worldly Wisdom Quotes

Great translation by one Jeremy Robbins, a master on Spanish Baroque culture. Maybe same editions 4 50 Apr 07, Praise excites anticipation and stimulates desire. Although these condensed insights and suggestions come down to us from almost grwcian ago, their relevance to our experience today is striking and proves the depth of these maxims.


She sets to rights even the understanding.

Return to Book Page. Each paragraph contained a string woeldly one-sentence balrhasar that give the appearance of world-weary wisdom to mask their overgeneralization. For however great may be a person’s virtues, the will never measure up to what was imagined. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Non pensate che questo prete spagnolo secentesco voglia fare qualcosa di inquisitivo.

His demand was not met, but his sanction was eased off: It did not respect many thing. Of all this she is capable if not held in check by the wisest of wills. Better yet it’s written, how can I say, positively, without the cynicism of say, The Prince or other books who try to do the same.

Thus the stupidity of a crowd is lost in admiration, even as the brain of an individual uncovers the trick. Because balthadar commonly forsakes us at her best, take refuge in art.

Rileggetevi Machiavelli e forse capirete. Why not post a question or comment yourself? It is the misfortune of the over-celebrated that they cannot measure up to excessive expectations. No active discussions on Gracian found.

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Quite as important as a gallant advance is a well-planned retreat. And not in mind: The works of nature all amount to a peak of perfection; up to it they wax, beyond it they wane. Serait-il le premier “self-help” book de notre histoire? Here is where you find links to related content on this site or other sites, possibly including full books or essays about Balthasar Gracian written by other authors featured on this site.

He spent time in Huesca, where he befriended the local scholar Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa, who helped him achieve an important milestone in his intellectual upbringing. The last aphorism gives the whole lot a nice twist; it might make you read the text again, which may not be hard work since the book is quite slim: Sep 17, Osbert rated it really liked it.


I recommend it to every man woman or child that wants to live their very best. Un frammento ci indica come manovrare, un altro come difendersi. Robert Greene strip-mined Gracian for 48 Laws of Power, but again IMHO, it’s always best to refer back to the seminal source even after being presented with as good a digest as Greene presented.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

This is one of the great books of wisdom, dispensed in brief paragraphs with headings like “better to be intensive than extensive,” and “reserve is the seal of talent.

It is the mark of cultivated taste to enjoy everything at its best. During the Spanish war with Catalonia and France, he was chaplain of the army that liberated Lleida in Entre varias de las ideas se puede subrayar el dar una apariencia coherente, el hablar lo necesario, reflexionar bien, rodearse de amigos y nunca excederse en el trato.

A collection of balthaswr on life and the way you should live, Balthasar Gracian’s work has been used as a modern day guide to life much in the way that Sun Tzu’s Art of War or Machiavelli’s The Prince have. Thus she becomes the mistress of life itself. Well-spent leisure is worth more than work.

Of Balthasar Gracian and his Works.

So look for a scapegoat, someone whose own ambition will make him a good target. To overvalue something is a form of lying.

Some of the text clearly shows that certain aphorisms can be grouped together, and some themes do pop up again as one keeps reading.