This timeless collection of the aphorisms of Balthasar Gracian, the seventeenth century Spanish philosopher, continues to appeal to knowledgeable and reflective people the world over. Presented here in a precise and sensitive translation of Oraculo Manual y Artye de Prudencia, Gracian's wit and lore will delight and instruct the reader on the spectrum of human interactions. Three hundred distinct segments deal with all aspects of the individual's relationship to self, associates and society.
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A Truthtelling Manual and the Art of Worldly Wisdom being a collection of the aphorisms which appear in the works of BALTASAR GRACIAN of the Company of Jesus, and Reader in Holy Scripture in the College of Tarragona immediately translated for the understanding from a 1653 Spanish text by Martin Fischer, doctor and professor emeritus, University of CincinnatiExcerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
To the Reader
To the just no laws, to the wise no counsel, yet none has known so much that it sufficed him. You need both to thank and to forgive me -that I entitle this epitome of life's rules an Oracle, for such it is in its judgments, and in its conciseness. There is here offered you in one happy volume all the twelve of Gracian, each so cherished that his MAN OF DISCERNMENT had hardly appeared in Spain, before it was issued in France, translated into her tongue, and printed at her court. May this volume serve as the menu card of reason at the feast of the intellectuals, and thus as a register of the choice morsels being served in all the other works, to the end that their genial wisdom may be enjoyed more widely.
D VINCENCIO IUAN DE LASTANOSA
1 EVERYTHING today has its point, but the art of making yourself count for something the greatest: more is demanded to produce one wise man today, than seven formerly; and more is needed to deal with a single individual in our times, than with a whole people in the past.
2 Mind and spirit. The two poles upon which rests the firmament of our faculties: the one without the other, a happiness by half: mind is not enough, spirit is necessary. The lot of a fool, to fail in his calling, professional, commercial, political, social.
3 Maintain an air of uncertainty about your business. Admiration for the new is what bestows value upon the accomplished. To play with cards exposed is neither useful, nor in good taste. Create anticipation by not declaring your purpose, and especially where the height of your office commands public attention display a bit of mystery about everything, and by it further the respect in which you are held: even when you show your hand escape the obvious; just as in the daily round you do not disclose your inner self to everyone. A prudent silence is the sacred vessel of wisdom. Purpose declared was never highly esteemed and commits itself to criticism in advance; and should it fail, the misfortune is doubled. Imitate, therefore, the ways of God in order to keep those about you watchful, and alert.
4 Wisdom, backed by courage make great: because immortal, they immortalize: each is as great as his mind, and to him who knows, everything is possible. A man without knowledge, a world in darkness. Understanding, and will, they are the eyes and the hands; without courage the mind is dead.
197 Do not saddle yourself with fools: he is one who does not know them, and a greater, he who knowing them, does not shake them off, for they are dangerous in the daily round, and deadly as confidants, even if at times their cowardice restrains them; or the watchful eye of another; in the end they commit some foolishness, or speak it, which if they tarry over it, is only to make it worse: slight aid to another's reputation, he who has none himself; they are full of woes, the welts of their follies, and they trade in the one for the other; but this about them is not so bad, that even though the wise are of no service to them, they are of much service to the wise, either as example, or as warning.
--Excerpts from the Gracian’s Manual
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