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  Friends are a second existence.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  Always act as if others were watching.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Dont show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Knowledge without courage is sterile.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  What should move us to action is human dignity: The inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  Always have your mouth full of sugar to sweeten your words, so that even your ill-wishers enjoy them.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Readiness is the mother of luck.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  It is a great deed to leave nothing for tomorrow.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Work is the price which is paid for reputation.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Avoid outshining the master. All superiority is odious, but the superiority of a subject over his prince is not only stupid, it is fatal. This is a lesson that the stars in the sky teach us - they may be related to the sun, and just as brilliant, but they never appear in her company.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  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
  

  Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Virtue alone is for real; all else is sham. Talent and greatness depend on virtue, not on fortune. Only virtue is sufficient unto herself. She makes us love the living and remember the dead.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Do not persist in folly. Some make it a duty of failure and having started down the wrong road, think it is a badge of character to continue.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  He who laughs at everything is as big a fool as he who weeps at everything.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Never share your secrets with those greater than you.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A sage has one advantage: He is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Words are feminine; deeds are masculine.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A synonym is a word you use when you cant spell the other one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Dont take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  One deceit needs many others, and so the whole house is built in the air and must soon come to the ground.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Good things, when short, are twice as good.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Keep the extent of your abilities unknown.The wise man does not allow his knowledge and abilities to be sounded to the bottom, if he desires to be honored at all.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  When desire dies, fear is born.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A weak spirit does more harm than a weak body.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  We often have to put up with most from those on whom we most depend.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a 'No,' sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Do pleasant things yourself, unpleasant things through others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Be master over yourself before you would be master over others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Know or listen to those who know.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Two kinds of people are good at foreseeing danger: those who have learned at their own expense, and the clever people who learn a great deal at the expense of others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Keep the extent of your abilities unknown. The wise man does not allow his knowledge and abilities to be sounded to the bottom, if he desires to be honored by all. He allows you to know them but not to comprehend them. No one must know the extent of his abilities, lest he be disappointed. No one ever has an opportunity of fathoming him entirely. For guesses and doubts about the extent of his talents arouse more veneration than accurate knowledge of them, be they ever so great.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Respect yourself if you would have others respect you.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Knowledge and courage take turns at greatness.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Fortunate people often have very favorable beginnings and very tragic endings. What matters isn't being applauded when you arrive, for that is common, but being missed when you leave.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Do not show your wounded finger, for everything will knock up against it.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  One should cultivate good habits of memory, for it is capable of making existence a paradise or an inferno.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  One half the world laughs at the other, and fools are they all!  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.  
 -  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
  

  One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred by all in adversity.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  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
  

  Friendship multiplies the good of life and divides the evil.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  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 judgement of yourself than to all external precepts. Desist from unseemly conduct, rather out of respect for your own virtue than for the strictures of external authority. Come to hold yourself in awe, and you will have no need of Seneca's imaginary tutor.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Always act as if others were watching.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Words are feminine; deeds are masculine.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

  Two kinds of people are good at foreseeing danger: those who have learned at their own expense, and the clever people who learn a great deal at the expense of others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Friends are a second existence.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A weak spirit does more harm than a weak body.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  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 judgement of yourself than to all external precepts. Desist from unseemly conduct, rather out of respect for your own virtue than for the strictures of external authority. Come to hold yourself in awe, and you will have no need of Seneca's imaginary tutor.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Knowledge without courage is sterile.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a 'No,' sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a 'No,' sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Virtue alone is for real; all else is sham. Talent and greatness depend on virtue, not on fortune. Only virtue is sufficient unto herself. She makes us love the living and remember the dead.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A sage has one advantage: He is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred by all in adversity.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than grave teaching.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

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

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

  It is better to have too much courtesy than too little, provided you are not equally courteous to all, for that would be injustice.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Two kinds of people are good at foreseeing danger: those who have learned at their own expense, and the clever people who learn a great deal at the expense of others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Two kinds of people are good at foreseeing danger: those who have learned at their own expense, and the clever people who learn a great deal at the expense of others.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  When desire dies, fear is born.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Quit while you're ahead. All the best gamblers do.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Hope is a great falsifier. Let good judgment keep her in check.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  A sage has one advantage: He is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  He who laughs at everything is as big a fool as he who weeps at everything.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Readiness is the mother of luck.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Luck can be assisted. It is not all chance with the wise.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Never share your secrets with those greater than you.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty leftover. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Even knowledge has to be in the fashion, and where it is not, it is wise to affect ignorance.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian