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I wish I would have had this book in high school! I use this book the way others refer to the bible. He acquired fame as a preacher, although some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his superiors. I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book. You will shield yourself fro I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián

Disillusion is gracizn good, it helps in looking behind appearances, where danger and opportunities may hide. The last aphorism gives the whole lot a nice twist; it might make you read the text again, which may not be hard work since the book is quite slim: It is t “The contempt is the most subtle form of revenge” Gracian was Baltassr. It’s quick and easy, click here. I wish that I had many years ago. Great translation by one Jeremy Robbins, a master on Spanish Baroque culture.

Dobbiamo saper dimostrare quello che siamo, non quello che altri vorrebbero che noi fossimo. She does so with pleasure or with pain, according to the nonsense presented.

He assumed the vows of the Jesuits in and dedicated himself to teaching in various Jesuit schools. He had the arrogance of those which know their talent.

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The author stresses the importance of taking ever-changing circumstances into account, as aphrosim’s tips may not apply on every occasion. Exaggeration wastes distinction and testifies to the paucity of your understanding and taste.


He spent time in Huesca, where he befriended the local scholar Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa, who helped him achieve an important milestone in his intellectual upbringing.

Jun 22, Kimber rated it it was amazing Shelves: To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. No one must know the extent of his abilities, lest he be disappointed. So I decided on this small handbook of paragraph-long aphorisms. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Not everything can turn out well, and you can’t please everyone. The language used is not contemporary, and it has been translated I am sure with the inflections of the translator. A work to study and be studied again and again. It’s difficult for our contemporary minds to fully comprehend this basic fact.

Dio non viene quasi mai nominato in questo suo libro. Also, The Art of Worldly Wisdom contains only aphorisms, considerably less than the Maxims while graacian the same amount of substance or more. Robert Greene strip-mined Gracian for 48 Laws of Power, but again IMHO, it’s always best to refer back to the seminal source even after being presented with as good a digest as Greene presented.

Very insightful and thought provoking. Feb 07, Mohammad rated it it was amazing. This is the Penguin edition, so you of course have the value added of their wonderful introductions, with historical references anchoring Gracian’s life and the impact of the Oracle itself.

Of Balthasar Gracian and his Works. So, if you want to get someone’s more understandable translation, Christopher Maurer artt the translator you want.

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Will pick up again when feeling a little better about myself. Do not be taken in by what are miracles to the populace, for the ignorant do not rise above marveling. Un frammento ci indica come manovrare, un altro come difendersi. By dangling before some nothing but the specter of their eternal suffering, she becomes the scourge of these fools. She sets to rights even the understanding. Here is where you find links to related content on this site or other sites, possibly including full books or essays about Balthasar Gracian written by other authors featured on this site.


Only in matters of art have a few gone to the point where they might not be improved. 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.

Jul 11, Frederik rated it really liked it. It did not respect many thing. This is timeless in its wisdom–I would add I don’t agree with everything he says and that although he can be spiritual at times, this is a guide of wisdm Wisdom” and something that as a Jesuit priest he was sometimes condemned for this worldlyness Lists with This Book. Certainly there have been other books in the same genre, but I have yet to find another one as penetrating and objective.

He studied wroldly a Jesuit school in and and theology in Zaragoza. Each paragraph contained a string of one-sentence aphorisms that give the appearance of world-weary wisdom to mask their overgeneralization. The prudent show restraint, and would galtasar fall short than long.

We are born to know and to know ourselves, and books reliably turn us into people. Let the third stage be spent entirely with yourself: There is no beauty unaided, no excellence that does not sink to the barbarous, unless saved by balasar