A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

[Al varón sabio más le aprovechan sus enemigos que al necio sus amigos.]

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish Jesuit priest, writer, philosopher
The Art of Worldly Wisdom [Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia], § 84 (1647) [tr. Jacobs (1892)]

Alt. trans.: "The wise man finds enemies more useful than the fool does friends." [tr. Maurer (1992)]

Added on 25-Jul-07 | Last updated 4-Apr-22
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