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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Gracian’s Art of Baltyasar Wisdom is a collection of maxims containing excellent, practical advice; very Senecan, and, at times, Machiavellian in sentiment but much more “Know a little more and live a little less. You will shield yourself fro I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book. Wkrldly 19, Melina rated it it was amazing Shelves: But the philosopher, being ageless, has one advantage: She makes people contented or discontented with themselves.

Hope is a great falsifier of the truth; the the intelligence put her right by seeing to it that the fruit is superior to its appetite. Also, understand that this has been translated by many different people.

Almost years ago, and none of it is out of place in our time. Seem this way, even if you’re not that way.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián

His visions sour and cynical terrified his superiors. It can ruin your reputation for good taste, and—even worse—for wisdom. The book is like a social version of “The Art of War” hte Sun Tzu and it advises to approach to all events and preventing from human-relational problems by wisdom and intelligence.

Excellent series of lessons that people from all walk’s of life can enjoy and learn from. This book can not be over-estimated. Be the first to ask a question about The Art of Worldly Wisdom. Reading ten, slowly, in a row started to remind me of my lesser qualities, the voluminous thee of them.


Sep 19, Elisa Garcia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomplished what Niccolo never could, nor would have wanted to: Aug 25, Justarius rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is my north star, a truly insightful book that is timeless. This is a great meditation on how to live simply, wisely.

A suprisingly good book, with something lf everyone, even when not living like they once did. One of the best books about, for lack of a better expression, how life and the world work, the importance of image and perception and being smart in general. Just click the link below. This is but one of warnings, facts, and intuitive words that he, with wit and a great understanding of people, wrote down as a guidebook to success in life.

I think it should be on everyone’s essential reading list. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience.

Language and writing are rooted in the physical world, and their earthbound metaphysical potencies are limited by their human-animal exponents. Continuous luck is always suspect; wisdo, secure is that which changes. This attracted the Society’s displeasure.

To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice. 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 treatise on Realpolitik ever written.

The works of nature all amount gravian a peak of perfection; up to it they wax, beyond it they wane.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

For this reason let the prudent go slowly, and err in understatement rather than overstatement. And a wise person understands that mistakes are made and that they, themselves, are not perfect. The prudent show restraint, and would rather fall short than long. Only in matters of art have a few gone to the point where they might not be improved. Other notable thinkers have been influenced by The Art of Worldly Wisdom. Translation keeps out most world-play and puns, since they don’t translate well.


atr No one must know the extent of his abilities, lest he be disappointed. It is the way of the gamblers of reputation. I’m a little surprised by some ratings of this book.

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. It is a manual on how to be successful at anything in life.

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. Very insightful and thought provoking. The extraordinary of every kind is always rare, wherefore temper your estimate. Some of the text clearly shows that certain aphorisms can be grouped together, and some themes wrt pop up again as one keeps reading.

For however great may be a person’s virtues, the will never measure up to what was imagined. Others argue the opposite. 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.

The best in nature is raw without art, and the excellent is lacking if it lacks culture. Una persona abbastanza difficile, come del resto sono tutti gli aragonesi. May 07, Erdogan Cicek rated it really liked it.