: The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle (): Baltasar Gracian, Christopher Maurer: Books. The Art of Worldly Wisdom has ratings and reviews. 7jane said: This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience. If y. 74 quotes from The Art of Worldly Wisdom: ‘Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.’.

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Worldypages. But the philosopher, being ageless, has one advantage: Jul 11, Frederik rated it really liked it. It is a manual on how to be successful at anything in life. It can ruin your reputation for good taste, and—even worse—for wisdom. Of all this she is capable if not held in check by the wisest of wills. Una persona abbastanza difficile, come del resto sono tutti gli aragonesi.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. May 07, Erdogan Cicek rated it really liked it. Gracian’s Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of maxims baltasag excellent, practical advice; very Senecan, and, at times, Machiavellian in sentiment but much more “Know a little more and live a little less. Maybe same editions 4 50 Apr baltassar, In either case, it could only have helped! So, if you want to get someone’s more understandable translation, Christopher Maurer is the translator you want.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián

It worldlg a matter of great importance to forego superlatives, in part to avoid offending the truth, and in part to avoid cheapening your judgment. Self-help books can be helpful, but they are usually focused on what to do after you have encountered certain problems.


Quite as important as a gallant advance is a well-planned retreat. This is a great meditation on how to live simply, wisely.

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A oof of aphorisms on life and the way you should live, Balthasar Gracian’s work has been used as a modern day guide to life much in the way that Sun Tzu’s Art of War or Machiavelli’s The Prince have. I bought this book inand have read and re-read it every month since. Because nature commonly forsakes us at her best, take refuge in art.

He was ordained in and took his final vows in I own Martin Fischer’s translation and when I opened it up to read it, it made no sense to me grammatically or syntactically. She sets to rights even the understanding.

Return to Book Page. His visions sour and cynical terrified his superiors. Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomplished what Niccolo never could, nor would have wanted to: I wish I would have had this book in high school!

The Art of Worldly Wisdom Quotes by Baltasar Gracián

Jun 22, Kimber rated it it was amazing Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Machiavelli, like Nietzsche, has been misused by the unscrupulous and decried by the ignorant; also, IMHO, both writers were actually better historians and analysts than they were philosophers per se. No one ever has an opportunity of fathoming him entirely. Reason itself is not venerated when it does not wear a reasonable face.

Theological writing, much like the religious experience, is defined in ways that diminish and ridicule its very existence. This attracted the Society’s displeasure. Without cultivation everyone is a clown and needs polish, fine attributes notwithstanding. Published December 1st by Crown Business first published Sign in with Facebook Sign in options.


Fu in conflitto con il suo ordine, per avere pubblicato scritti senza il loro permesso. There are days when I am troubled and I will meditate on the problem, run my thumb over the pages and pick a random spot and it never fails to deliver some sage and relevant advice.

You will make a better exit when the actual transcends the imagined, and is more than was expected. The famous philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer translated this about years ago and called it “a book made haltasar constant use” and recommended it as “a companion for life.

Great persons are of their time. She sinks to tyranny, not satisfied with mere faith, but demanding works.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Refresh and try again. Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomp I have friends who read The Prince like a bible, and its true that Machiavelli is worthy of repeated study, both as a period piece and window into the Renaissance Italian soul, and as possibly the most notorious wlsdom on Realpolitik ever written.

Sometimes curbing her, sometimes giving her rein, for she is the whole of happiness.