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Baltasar Gracian Quotes

(1601-1658), Spanish Philosopher, Writer

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Category: Action

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.

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Anger

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.

Category: Beauty

Good things, when short, are twice as good.

Category: Brevity

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

Category: Courtesy

Many have had their greatness made for them by their enemies.

Category: Danger

When desire dies, fear is born.

Category: Desire

A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Category: Enemies

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

Category: Envy

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other ones invariably slink in after it.

Category: Evil

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

Category: Excellence

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Category: Fights And Fighting

Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Have friends. 'Tis a second existence.

Category: Friends And Friendship