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A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Wordly Wisdom, 181 (1647) [tr Jacobs (1943)]
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For a thing to remain undone nothing more is needed than to think it done.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)
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Make the least ado about your greatest gifts. Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)
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Don’t express your ideas too clearly. Most people think little of what they understand, and venerate what they do not.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)
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A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom #84 (1637)
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Better be cheated in the price than in the quality of goods.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom, #157 (1647) [tr. Jacobs (1943)]
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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, and at eighty nothing.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom, #276 “Know how to renew your character [Saber renovar el genio]” (1647) [tr. Jacobs (1892)]
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Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 69 (1647) [tr. Jacobs (1943)]
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It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldy Wisdom #151 (1637)
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Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldy Wisdom #172 (1637)
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Many would be wise if they did not think themselves wise.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldy Wisdom #176 (1637)
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Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldy Wisdom #31 (1637)
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Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish writer.
The Art of Worldy Wisdom #4 (1637)

Alt. trans. "Knowledge without courage is sterile."
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