Don’t defend the wrong side out of stubbornness, just because your opponent happened to arrive first and choose the right side.

[Nunca por tema seguir el peor partido, porque el contrario se adelantó y escogió el mejor.]

Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658) Spanish Jesuit priest, writer, philosopher
The Art of Worldly Wisdom [Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia], § 142 (1647) [tr. Maurer (1992)]

Alternate translation:

Never from Obstinacy take the Wrong Side because your Opponent has anticipated you in taking the Right One.
[tr. Jacobs (1892)]

Added on 28-Mar-22 | Last updated 28-Mar-22
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