He who is truly shrewd would rather have people need him than thank him.

[El sagaz más quiere necessitados de sí que agradecidos.]

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish Jesuit priest, writer, philosopher
The Art of Worldly Wisdom [Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia], § 5 (1647) [tr. Maurer (1992)]

Alternate translation: "The wise man would rather see men needing him than thanking him." [tr. Jacobs (1892)]
Added on 1-Nov-21 | Last updated 1-Nov-21
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