Baltasar Gracian Quotes

A man of honor should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.

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

Go cautiously where you suspect depth. Sagacity goes cautiously forward while discretion covers the ground. Nowadays there are unsuspected depths in human intercourse, you must therefore plumb the waters as you go.

Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.

Do what is easy as if it were difficult, and what is difficult as if it were easy.

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

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

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose. The struggle will be unequal. One of the contestants enters the fray unencumbered, for he has already lost everything, even his shame. He has cast off everything, has nothing further to lose, and throws himself headlong into all sorts of insolence. Never risk your precious reputation […]

Never have a companion who casts you in the shade.