Baltasar Gracián Quotations

Baltasar Gracián

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

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

A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.

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

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

Do what is easy as if it were difficult, and what is difficult as if it were easy.

He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

One half the world laughs at the other, and fools are they all.

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

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.

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 find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

Use human means as if there were no divine ones, and divine means as if there were no human ones.

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.