Know the great men of your age.
Hope has a good memory, gratitude a bad one.
Words are feminine; deeds are masculine.
There is no wilderness like a life without 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.
Admiration is the basis of ignorance.
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. Baltasar Gra
The happy are an exception who enjoy innocently their simple happiness.
Never risk your reputation on a single shot, for if you miss the loss is irreparable.
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.
Knowledge without wisdom is double folly.
None is so perfect that he does not need at times the advice of others.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
The worthless usually live long.
You have to appear wiser and more prudent than is required by the people you are dealing with if you want to give a high opinion of yourself.
The greatest wisdom often consist in ignorance.
To oblige persons often costs little and helps much. Baltasar Gra
Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it. Baltasar Gracia
Surfeits of happiness are fatal.
Have Friends. 'Tis a second existence.
One must pass through the circumference of time before arriving at the center of opportunity.
Rate the intensive above the extensive. The perfect does not lie in quantity, but in quality.
Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.
It is a novel kind of supremacy, the best that life can offer, to have as servants by skill those who by nature are our masters.
Yes and no are soon said, but give much to think over.
Know how to keep anticipation alive: always strive to feed it, by letting the much promise more, and the one achievement be the announcement only of a greater. Put not all your reserves into the first throw; the great trick is to dole out strength, and to dole out mind, in such a fashion as to bring
An ounce of prudence is worth a pound of cleverness.
I strive to be brief, and I become obscure.
You should aim to be independent of any one vote, of any one fashion, of any one century.
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.