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Baltasar Gracian
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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 judgment of yourself than to all external percepts. Desist from unseemly conduct, rather out of respect for your own virtue than for the strictures of external authority. Baltasar Gracian
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Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check. Baltasar Gracian
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Be content to act, and leave the talking to others. Baltasar Gracian
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Attain and maintain a reputation, for it is the usufruct of fame. A stiff climb, for it is the issue of excellence, as rare as mediocrity is common. Baltasar Gracian
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You can cultivate taste, as you can the intellect. Full understanding whets the appetite and desire, and, later, sharpens the enjoyment of possession. Baltasar Gracian
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He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold. Baltasar Gracian
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Even monarchs have need of authors, and fear their pens more than ugly women the painter's pencil. Baltasar Gracian
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Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness. Baltasar Gracian
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The path to greatness is along with others. Baltasar Gracian
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Truth is for the minority. Baltasar Gracian
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Many would be wise if they did not think themselves wise. Baltasar Gracian
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Many of the things that bring delight should not be owned. They are more enjoyed if another's, than if yours; the first day they give pleasure to the owner, but in all the rest to the others: what belongs to another rejoices doubly, because it is without the risk of going stale and with the satisfaction of freshness. . . the possession of things not only diminishes their enjoyment, but augments their annoyance, whether shared or not shared. Baltasar Gracian
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Never participate in the secrets of those above you; you think you share the fruit, and you share the stones - the confidence of a prince is not a grant, but a tax Baltasar Gracian
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The best remedy for disturbances is to let them run their course, for so they quiet down. Baltasar Gracian
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The heaven of the envied is hell for the envious. [...because they focus on what they don't have rather than being grateful for what they have, which is always better than some others.] Baltasar Gracian
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Knowing how to keep a friend is more important than gaining a new one. Baltasar Gracian
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The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. Baltasar Gracian
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Fools rush in through the door; for folly is always bold. Baltasar Gracian
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An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness. Baltasar Gracian
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Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. Baltasar Gracian
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We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend. Baltasar Gracian
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La galanteria y la honra tienen esta ventaja, que se quedan: aquella en quien la usa, esta en quien la haze. Baltasar Gracian
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He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well. Baltasar Gracian
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When desire dies, fear is born. Baltasar Gracian
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There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one. Baltasar Gracian
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Have friends. 'Tis a second existence. Baltasar Gracian
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Many get the repute of being witty, but thereby lose the credit of being sensible. Jest has its little hour, seriousness should have all the rest. Baltasar Gracian
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There is no beauty unaided, no excellence that does not sink to the barbarous, unless saved by art. Baltasar Gracian
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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. Baltasar Gracian
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No one demands more caution than a spy, and when someone has the skeleton key to minds, counter him by leaving the key of caution inside, on the other side of the keyhole. Baltasar Gracian
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The wise persono would rather see others needing him than thanking him. Baltasar Gracian
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A wise prince must never take things easy in times of peace. Baltasar Gracian
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Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itselft. Baltasar Gracian
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Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one. Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning. Baltasar Gracian
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Share weight and woe, for misfortune falls with double force on him that stands alone. Baltasar Gracian
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Hear, see, and be silent. Baltasar Gracian
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If to talk to oneself when alone is folly, it must be doubly unwise to listen to oneself in the presence of others. Baltasar Gracian
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Do not show your wounded finger for everything will knock up against it. Baltasar Gracian
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Many get the repute of being witty but thereby lose the credit of being sensible. Jest has its little hour, seriousness should have all the rest. Baltasar Gracian
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It is a great deed to leave nothing for tomorrow. Baltasar Gracian
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Know what is evil, no matter how worshipped it may be. Let the man of sense not mistake it, even when clothed in brocade, or at times crowned in gold, because it cannot thereby hide its hypocrisy, for slavery does not lose its infamy, however noble the master. Baltasar Gracian
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Yes and no are soon said, but give much to think over. Baltasar Gracian
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Nature often lets us down when we most need her; let us turn to art. Baltasar Gracian
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The greatest fool is he who thinks he is not one and all others are. Baltasar Gracian
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Be first the master of yourself Baltasar Gracian
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For a thing to remain undone nothing more is needed than to think of it done. Baltasar Gracian
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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Baltasar Gracian
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The happy are an exception who enjoy innocently their simple happiness. Baltasar Gracian
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The liar suffers twice: he neither believes nor is believed. Baltasar Gracian
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Many pleasant things are better when they belong to someone else. ... When things belong to others, we enjoy them twice as much, without the risk of losing them, and with the pleasure of novelty. Baltasar Gracian
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Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. Baltasar Gracian
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The things we remember best are those better forgotten. Baltasar Gracian
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Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it. Baltasar Gracian
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Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise. Baltasar Gracian
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To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth. Baltasar Gracian
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Folly consists not in committing Folly, but in being incapable of concealing it. All men make mistakes, but the wise conceal the blunders they have made, while fools make them public. Reputation depends more on what is hidden than on what is seen. If you ca' be good, be careful. Baltasar Gracian
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All victories breed hate, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal. Baltasar Gracian
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Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil. Tis the sole remedy against misfortune, the very ventilation of the soul. Baltasar Gracian
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The crutch of Time accomplishes more than the club of Hercules. Baltasar Gracian
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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 fingers. Baltasar Gracian
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There are certain inessential activities-moths of precious time-and it is worse to busy yourself with the trivial than to do nothing. Baltasar Gracian
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There are friendships merely for pleasure, some for the exchange of ideas. Rarest are those friends of one's inmost self. Baltasar Gracian
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Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing. Baltasar Gracian
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Politeness is the chief sign of culture. Baltasar Gracian
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Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier. Baltasar Gracian
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Maturity of mind is best shown in slow belief. Baltasar Gracian
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Man is born a barbarian, and only raises himself above the beast by culture. Baltasar Gracian
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Tis much to gain universal admiration; more, universal love. Baltasar Gracian
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The sage never seems to know his own merits, for only by not noticing them can you call others' attention to them. Baltasar Gracian
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There is no wilderness like a life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity, and it soothes the soul. Baltasar Gracian
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