Baltasar Gracian Quotes

Always deal with people of principle. Favor them and win their favor. Their very rectitude ensures they will treat you well even when they oppose you, for they act like who they are, and it is better to fight with good-minded people than to conquer the bad. There is no way to get along with […]

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.