Quotes by Baltasar Gracian


The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
– Baltasar Gracian
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
– Baltasar Gracian
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
– Baltasar Gracian
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
– Baltasar Gracian
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
– Baltasar Gracian
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
– Baltasar Gracian
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.
– Baltasar Gracian
Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
– Baltasar Gracian
Begin with another's to end with your own.
– Baltasar Gracian
Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
– Baltasar Gracian
Dreams will get you nowhere, a good kick in the pants will take you a long way.
– Baltasar Gracian
Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.
– Baltasar Gracian
Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
– Baltasar Gracian
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.
– Baltasar Gracian
Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.
– Baltasar Gracian
He that can live alone resembles the brute beast in nothing, the sage in much, and God in everything.
– Baltasar Gracian
He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
– Baltasar Gracian
He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.
– Baltasar Gracian
Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
– Baltasar Gracian
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
– Baltasar Gracian