Quotes by Baltasar Gracian

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

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

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

Do not enter where too much is anticipated. It is the misfortune of the over-celebrated that they cannot measure up to excessive expectations. The actual can never attain the imagined: for to think perfection is easy, but to embody it is most difficult. The imagination weds the wish, and together they always conjure up more than reality can furnish. For however great may be a person’s virtues, the will never measure up to what was imagined. When people see themselves cheated in their extravagant anticipations, they turn more quickly to disparagement than to praise. Hope is a great falsifier of the truth; the the intelligence put her right by seeing to it that the fruit is superior to its appetite. You will make a better exit when the actual transcends the imagined, and is more than was expected.
– Baltasar Gracian

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

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

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.
– Baltasar Graci├ín

Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
– Baltasar Gracian

Politeness is the chief sign of culture.
– Baltasar Gracian

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

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