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: The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle (): Baltasar Gracian, Christopher Maurer: Books. The Art of Worldly Wisdom has ratings and reviews. 7jane said: This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience. If y. 74 quotes from The Art of Worldly Wisdom: ‘Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.’.

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True eminences are rare, so temper your esteem. Praise awakens curiosity, which begets desire, and later, when the goods seem at, as often happens, expectation feels cheated and avenges itself by running down the praised and the praiser. Want to Read saving…. Theological writing, much like the religious experience, is defined in ways that diminish and ridicule its very existence. If just quickly done they can be quickly undone. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. You will shield yourself from malevolence: His visions sour and cynical terrified his superiors.

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Thus she becomes the mistress of life itself. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. Fan of this book? Astonishing how true Garcian’s aphorisms remain hundreds of years later and how much the culture of Spain at the time seems so modern To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Entre varias de las ideas se puede subrayar el dar una apariencia coherente, el hablar lo necesario, reflexionar bien, rodearse de amigos y nunca excederse en el trato.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom Quotes by Baltasar Gracián

Having someone else take the blame for failure and be the butt of gossip does not spring from a lack of ability, as malice thinks, but from superior skill. I read this book everyday. Of all this she is capable if not held in check by the wisest of wills. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When people see themselves cheated in their extravagant anticipations, they turn more quickly to disparagement than to praise.


The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Martin Fischer, I presume, is a literalist translator, for Gracian did have that difficult-to-understand writing style where sentences were incomplete and there was a severe lack in verbs. The language used is not contemporary, and it has been translated I am sure with the inflections of the translator.

I understand that this isn’t a book that you exactly “critique” because it’s a renown oracle from the 17th century. The actual can never attain the imagined: His proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

It’s perhaps comforting to know that the book was written years ago, and the world is still pretty much the same now as it was then. Disillusion is sometimes good, it helps in looking behind appearances, where danger and opportunities may hide.

You will aet yourself fro I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book. It is a matter of great importance to forego superlatives, in part to avoid offending the truth, and in part to avoid cheapening your judgment.

Jul 23, Sarah Ansani rated it it baltasra ok Shelves: Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomp I have friends who read The Prince like a bible, and its true that Machiavelli is worthy of repeated study, both as a period piece and window into the Renaissance Italian soul, and as possibly the most notorious treatise on Realpolitik ever written.

Published December 1st by Crown Business first published I wish I would have had this book in high school! The imagination weds the wish, and together they always conjure up more than reality can furnish.

May 07, Erdogan Cicek rated it really liked it. Others argue the opposite.

Better yet it’s written, how can I say, positively, without the cynicism of say, The Prince or other books who try to do the same. There’s is also some certainty that the author read “The Prince” since it came out earlier than this book, which came out in ; the fact that the author of this worlely book was a Jesuit no doubt helped, since I do know Jesuits have been This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience.


I own Martin Fischer’s translation and when I opened it up to read it, it made no sense balyasar me grammatically or syntactically.

Though half bitter and half sweet, it is more satisfying baltasae the taste. What is invisible might as well not exist. In everything, though, prudence is the main key that keep one afloat in the changes and risks of the society.

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Jul 17, Gregorycox rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: We have nothing of our own but time. A suprisingly good book, with something for everyone, even when not living like they once did. Refresh and try again. He had the arrogance of those which know their talent. The slim Penguin volume is beautifully put together and if I can get even ten of these guidelines to being a better person straight this year it will be success.

Of Balthasar Gracian and his Works. The book is quite easy to read, even if you don’t really notice that Christianity still sort of flows underground in the text, most of the time Seem this way, even if you’re not that way.

Although these condensed insights and suggestions come down to us from almost years ago, their relevance to our experience today is striking and proves the depth of these maxims.

Great persons are of their time.