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Baltasar Gracián

Baltasar Gracián

Full Name: Baltasar Gracián y Morales

Born: January 8, 1601
Birthplace: Belmonte, Aragon, Spain
Died: December 6, 1658

Occupation: Author and Jesuit Priest
Profile: Best known for The Criticon and The Art of Worldly Wisdom.

Number of Quotes: 6

Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy: in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.

Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.

Some die because they feel everything, others because they feel nothing. Some are fools because they suffer no regrets, and others because they do.

Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.

Think with the few and speak with the many.

You can judge the height of someone's talent by what he aspires to. Only a great thing can satisfy a great talent.

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