Baltasar Gracian Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Baltasar Gracian quotes, Baltasar Gracian sayings, and Baltasar Gracian proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Rivalry discovers that courtesy overlooks. Baltasar Gracian
Never have a companion that casts you in the shade. Baltasar Gracian
Not he that adorns but he that adores makes a divinity. Baltasar Gracian
Politeness is the chief sign of culture. Baltasar Gracian
Cunning grows in deceit at seeing itself discovered, and tries to deceive with truth itself. Baltasar Gracian
Self-reflection is the school of wisdom. Baltasar Gracian
Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. Baltasar Gracian
The truest wild beasts live in the most populous places. Baltasar Gracian
Politeness is the chief sign of culture. Baltasar Gracian
Look into the interior of things. Things are generally other than they seem, and ignorance that never looks beneath the rind is disillusioned when you show the kernel. Baltasar Gracian
Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things for or from others, and thus you gain more enemies than friends. Baltasar Gracian
Most do violence to their natural aptitude, and thus attain superiority in nothing. Baltasar Gracian
Superiority is always detested. Baltasar Gracian
Let the first impulse pass, wait for the second. Baltasar Gracian
To be at ease is better than to be at business. Nothing really belongs to us but time, which even he has who has nothing else. Baltasar Gracian
Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent. Baltasar Gracian
Good things, when short, are twice as good. Baltasar Gracian
An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness. Baltasar Gracian
Do not be held a cheat, even though it is impossible to live today without being one. Let your greatest cunning lie in covering up what looks like cunning. Baltasar Gracian
One should cultivate good habits of memory, for it is capable of making existence a Paradise or an Inferno. Baltasar Gracian
Respect yourself if you would have others respect you. Baltasar Gracian
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. Baltasar Gracian
The sage has one advantage: he is immortal. If this is not his century, many others will be. Baltasar Gracian
The sage never seems to know his own merits, for only by not noticing them can you call others' attention to them. Baltasar Gracian
Everything foreign is respected, partly because it comes from afar, partly because it is ready made and perfect. Baltasar Gracian
Never exaggerate. 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. Exaggeration wastes distinction and testifies to the paucity of your understanding and taste. Baltasar Gracian
Exaggeration is a branch of lying. Baltasar Gracian
Exaggeration is a prodigality of the judgment which shows the narrowness of one's knowledge or one's taste. Baltasar Gracian
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early. Baltasar Gracian
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one. Baltasar Gracian