The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a book written in by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better known as Baltasar Gracian. It is a collection of maxims, each with. 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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And not in mind: Almost years ago, and none of it is out of worldky in our time. I’d rather be wary of a person who would put blame on me rather than be the blamer. Gracian’s Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of maxims containing excellent, practical advice; very Senecan, and, at balghasar, Machiavellian in sentiment but much more “Know a little more and live a little less.

This was done in arg ‘s, so it has the tone of the English that was spoken at the time. Why not post a question or comment yourself? Gracian was one of the wisest men who ever lived, and this is the free distillation of his wisdom.

A lot of the advice gears toward deception, vanity, and greed: Here is where you find links to related content on this site or other sites, possibly including full books or essays about Balthasar Gracian written by other authors featured on this site.

It is for the 17th Century Baroque Spanish upper society, Spain being then in decline, away from being the world power, with France and Rococo soon taking their place. To ask other readers questions about The Art of Worldly Wisdomplease sign up.

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Entre varias de las ideas se puede subrayar el dar una apariencia coherente, el hablar lo necesario, reflexionar bien, rodearse de amigos y nunca excederse en el trato.


You will shield yourself fro I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book. Better yet it’s written, how can I say, positively, without the cynicism of say, The Prince or other books who try to do the same.

May 07, Erdogan Cicek rated it really liked it. Certainly there have been other books in the same genre, but I have yet to find another one as penetrating and objective. You will make a better exit when the actual transcends the imagined, and is more than was expected.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I think it should be on everyone’s essential reading list. Glad to have caught a mint condition copy out of the corner of my eye at the bookstore today. For however great may be a person’s virtues, the will never measure up to what was imagined.

Having someone else take the blame for failure and be the butt of gossip does not spring from bbalthasar lack of ability, od malice thinks, but from superior skill. And a wise person understands that mistakes are made and that they, themselves, are not perfect.

The works of nature all amount to a peak of perfection; up to it they wax, beyond it they wane. Thus the stupidity of a crowd is lost in admiration, even as the brain of an individual uncovers the trick. For balthaswr always compensates her intensity by her brevity.

Gracian’s Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of maxims containing excellent, practical advice; very Senecan, and, at times, Machiavellian in sentiment but much more applicable than The Prince. Want to Read saving…. Jul 17, Gregorycox rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Reason itself is not venerated when it baltuasar not wear a reasonable face.


The famous philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer translated this about years ago and called it “a book made for constant use” and recommended it as “a companion for life. It is a manual on at to be successful at anything in life.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Balthasar Gracian. Search eText, Read Online, Study, Discuss.

Quotes from The Art of Worldl She sinks to tyranny, not satisfied with mere faith, but demanding works. Published December 1st by Crown Business first published Thanks for telling us about the problem. A suprisingly good book, with something for everyone, even gacian not living like they once did. By exaggerating, you squander your praise and reveal a lack of knowledge and taste. Robert Greene strip-mined Gracian for 48 Laws of Power, but again IMHO, it’s always best to gracjan back to the seminal source even after being presented with as good a digest as Greene presented.

There is more value in difficulty than easy – there is challenge this way. They should hand this out in high schools along with the diploma. It is a matter of great importance to forego superlatives, in part to avoid offending the truth, and in part to avoid cheapening your judgment.

Jul 23, Sarah Ansani rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s perhaps comforting to know that the book was written years ago, and the world is still pretty much the same now as it was then. Though half bitter and half sweet, it is more satisfying to the taste. So look for a scapegoat, someone whose own ambition will make him a good target.