: 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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This is the Penguin edition, so you of course have the value added of their wonderful introductions, with historical references anchoring Gracian’s life and the impact of the Oracle itself. Sometimes making me think of the state of the world now, how to know when to fold ’em, not to hold to opinions too stubbornly, remember to already live and not leave living to old age, and the “act as though always on view” sounds interesting.

Reading ten, slowly, in a row started to remind me of my lesser qualities, the voluminous nature of them. Worldlg others she shows nothing but fortune and romance, while merrily laughing.

Gracian was one of the wisest men who ever lived, and this is the free distillation of his wisdom. But all may not do this, and not all who may, know how. Great persons are of their time. Having someone else hracian the blame for failure and be the butt of gossip does not spring from a lack of ability, as malice thinks, but from superior skill.

But the philosopher, being ageless, has one advantage: Open Preview See a Problem? You will shield yourself fro I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Even the fruits of the spirit have their moment of ripeness, and it is well to recognize this, in order to value it properly and attend to it. 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.


This is a great meditation on how to live simply, wisely. I read this book slowly because it was such a painful experience. He had the arrogance of those which know their talent. Perhaps I could have done things better, or perhaps I could have learned some lessons less painfully. No one ever has an opportunity of fathoming him entirely. I always believe if you want to truly know, find the inspirations and mentors of the wise. She sinks to tyranny, not satisfied with mere faith, but demanding works.

Refresh and try again. This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience.

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And a wise person understands wisfom mistakes are made and that they, themselves, are not perfect. She sets to rights even the understanding. Le strategie estetiche corrispondono a quelle morali.

It is my north star, a truly insightful book that is timeless. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A lot of the advice gears toward deception, vanity, and greed: Glad to have caught a mint condition copy out of the corner of my eye at the bookstore today.

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I DO also read the Bible, The Qu’ran and other religous books as well However, the advice in this little book is invaluable. Some of the text clearly shows that certain aphorisms can be grouped together, and some themes do pop up again as one keeps reading. Sometimes curbing her, sometimes giving her rein, for she is the whole of happiness.

Great translation by one Jeremy Robbins, a master on Spanish Baroque culture.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. The actual can never attain the imagined: There’s is also some certainty that the author read “The Prince” since it came out earlier than this book, which came out in ; the fact that the author of this present book was a Jesuit no doubt helped, since I do know Jesuits have been thought of as cunning, both in positive and negative sense.


No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. Un frammento ci indica come manovrare, un altro come difendersi. She makes people contented or discontented with themselves.

Some merited a better century, for all that is good does not always triumph. Certamente non un cinico.

Will pick up again when feeling a little better about myself. First published in The author stresses the importance of taking ever-changing circumstances into account, as aphrosim’s tips may not apply on every occasion.

She does so with pleasure or with pain, according to the nonsense presented.

And the focus is merely on aesthetic rather than essence. Of all this she is capable if not held in check by the wisest of wills. These days would be one of millions of Self-Help books, Gracian writing before a time for that kind of Market.

He acquired fame as a preacher, although some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his superiors.

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