: 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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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 makes people contented or discontented with themselves. A suprisingly good book, with something for everyone, even when not living like they once did. Sep 17, Osbert rated it really liked it. He had baltasat arrogance of those which know their talent.

Also, The Art of Worldly Wisdom contains only aphorisms, considerably less than the Maxims while packing the same amount of substance or more. You will shield yourself fro I’m a little surprised by some wisdo 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. But at the bottom it is a fine analysis of worlrly social reports and way to evolve in society.


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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Some merited a better century, for all that is good does not always triumph. Having someone else take 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The lessons are pithy and epigrammatic, both simple yet deserving of deep reflection and consideration and, most importantly, are eminently USEFUL in almost every interpersonal interaction in your day to day life, whether you are a dish washer or a senator — his teachings are that universal. 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.

He allows you to know them but not to comprehend them. The actual can never attain the imagined: This was done in the ‘s, so it has the tone of the English that was spoken at the time.

I’d rather be wary of a person who would put blame on me rather than be the blamer. To others she shows nothing but fortune and romance, while merrily laughing. Well-spent leisure is worth more than work. I understand that this isn’t a book that you exactly “critique” because it’s a renown oracle from the 17th century. Want to Read saving…. Centuries later we see people, society and their perception and judgment didn’t really change that much at all. I struggled through to the end, reading a few per day.


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.

Without cultivation everyone is a clown and needs polish, fine attributes notwithstanding. It is a manual on how to be successful at anything in life.

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They offend the truth and cast doubt on your judgment. Theological writing, much like the religious experience, is defined in ways that diminish and ridicule its very existence. His demand was not met, but his sanction was eased off: Quite as important as a widdom advance is a well-planned retreat. To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice. Just click the link below.

Deceit reigns, and things are judged from without, and are seldom what they seem.