A man of honour should never forget what he is because he sees what others are.
Do not make Mistakes about Character. That is the worst and yet easiest error. Better be cheated in the price than in the quality of goods. In dealing with men, more than with other things, it is necessary to look within. To know men is different from knowing things. It is profound philosophy to sou
The wise persono would rather see others needing him than thanking him.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art. Baltasar Gra
Evil report carries further than any applause. Baltasar Gracia
Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.
The best skill at cards is knowing when to discard.
He who laughs at everything is as big a fool as he who weeps at everything.
The wise person finds enemies more useful than the fool does friends .
A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Treat your enemies with courtesy, and you'll see how valuable it really is. It costs little but pays a nice dividend: those who honor are honored. Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing.
Know how to play the card of contempt. It is the most politic kind of revenge. For there are many of whom we should have known nothing if their distinguished opponents had taken no notice of them. There is no revenge like oblivion, for it is the entombment of the unworthy in the dust of their own no
The heaven of the envied is hell for the envious.
A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
Begin with another's to end with your own.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.
Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
A gilded No is more satisfactory than a dry Yes.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
Work is the price which is paid for reputation.
When everyone covets something, they are easily annoyed by it.
Possession hinders enjoyment. It merely gives you the right to keep things for or from others, and thus you gain more enemies than friends.
The wise have a solid sense of silence and the ability to keep a storehouse of secrets. Their capacity and character are respected.
When a man's knowledge is deep, he speaks well of an enemy. Instead of seeking revenge, he extends unexpected generosity. He turns insult into humor, ... and astonishes his adversary who finds no reason not to trust him.
All victories breed, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.
A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity. Baltasar Gracia
The crutch of Time accomplishes more than the club of Hercules.
There is no desert like being friendless.
Courtesy is the politic witchery of great personages.
Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.