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Baltasar Gracián

Date de naissance: 8. janvier 1601
Date de décès: 6. décembre 1658
Autres noms: Baltasar Gracián Zitat, Baltasar Y Morales Gracián, Бальтасар Грасиан-и-Моралес

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Baltasar Gracián y Morales, né à Belmonte del Río Perejil , près de Calatayud en Espagne le 8 janvier 1601 et mort à Tarazona, près de Saragosse, le 6 décembre 1658, est un écrivain et essayiste jésuite du Siècle d'or espagnol.

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Citations Baltasar Gracián

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„Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people's expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), Context: Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people's expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would. This rule does not hold true for bad things: when an evil has been exaggerated, its reality makes people applaud. What was feared as ruinous comes to seem tolerable. Maxim 19 (p. 12)

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„Complaints will always discredit you.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), Context: Complaints will always discredit you. Rather than compassion and consolation, they provoke passion and insolence, and encourage those who hear our complaints to behave like those we complain about. Once divulged to others, the offenses done to us seem to make others pardonable. Some complain of past offenses and give rise to future ones. Maxim 129 (p. 72)

„Don't live by generalities, unless it be to act virtuously, and don't ask desire to follow precise laws, for you will have to drink tomorrow from the water you scorn today.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), No vaya por generalidades en el vivir, si ya no fuere en favor de la virtud, ni intime leyes precisas al querer, que avrá de bever mañana del agua que desprecia hoi. Maxim 288 (p. 162)

„The right kind of leisure is better than the wrong kind of work.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), Más vale el buen ocio que el negocio. Maxim 247

„Freedom is more precious than the gift that makes us lose it.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), Más preciosa es la libertad que la dádiva, porque se pierde. Maxim 286

„To hear a prince's secrets is not a privilege but a burden. Many smash the mirror that reminds them of their ugliness. They cannot stand to see those who saw them.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), No es favor del Príncipe, sino pecho, el comunicarlo. Quiebran muchos el espejo porque les acuerda la fealdad. No puede ver al que le pudo ver. Maxim 237 (p. 134)

„Some marry the first information they receive, and turn what comes later into their concubine. Since deceit is always first to arrive, there is no room left for truth.“

—  Baltasar Gracián, livre The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647), Cásanse algunos con la primera información, de suerte que las demás son concubinas, y como se adelanta siempre la mentira, no queda lugar después para la verdad. Maxim 227 (p. 128)

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