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The Art of Worldly Wisdom: 300 Practical Proposals for Sucess

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The remarkable best-seller -- a long-lost, 300-year-old book of wisdom on how to live successfully yet responsibly in a society governed by self-interest -- as acute as Machiavelli yet as humanistic and scrupulously moral as Marcus Aurelius.

"Use human means as though divine ones did not exist, and use divine means as though there were no human ones." So wrote the Jesuit scholar Baltazar Gracian some 300 years ago, in a book that will be compared to Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Machiavelli's The ...

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The remarkable best-seller -- a long-lost, 300-year-old book of wisdom on how to live successfully yet responsibly in a society governed by self-interest -- as acute as Machiavelli yet as humanistic and scrupulously moral as Marcus Aurelius.

"Use human means as though divine ones did not exist, and use divine means as though there were no human ones." So wrote the Jesuit scholar Baltazar Gracian some 300 years ago, in a book that will be compared to Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Machiavelli's The Prince. A new translation of long lost wisdom on living successfully yet responsibly.

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Maurer retranslates a 17th-century Jesuit's aphorisms and reflections on the morality of success. This long-admired work sounds surprisingly relevant today. It also combines brevity and grace of expression with wise advice, which should appeal to those seeking ``how-to'' spirituality which is universal, practical, and applicable in business. Recommended for public libraries.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780872432215
  • Publisher: Templegate Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 3.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    I collect "wisdom books" of all types. They must meet certain criteria. (1) they must meed the demands of a busy life; (2) they must have ideas that are immediately accessible -- no time to "dig;" (3) they must be well written; (4)they must be written in a spirit of education and personal growth, and (5) they must not be just a set of techniques. I agree with the philosopher Schopenhauer's assessment--that this book teaches lessons that would otherwise require a lifetime to learn. The author was a high ranking Jesuit, and his dual focus is on devotion as well as the maneuverings necessary to stay out of trouble with the types of personalities everyone must deal with on the job. The book helps the reader to keep egg off his/her face, avoid gaffes, observe the changing environment carefully, avoid getting ripped off by glib talkers and hare brained schemes, and to get along with superiors in most, and even viscious, circumstances. I think this book should be required reading of everyone, along with Aesop's Fables and the Book of Proverbs.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Pragmatic read for the modern era

    This work is brilliant even centuries after its writing. It offers sound wisdom for social interaction. It seems to convey that while times change and technologies progress, two variables always remains constant--self and other people. This book seeks to teach proper conduct of one's self and on dealing with others.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

    clever

    clever to the point of genius, perhaps the greatest aphorist of all time.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    very interesting!

    I haven't finished the book yet, but I am really enjoying reading it. It is amazing how the advice is so timeless. Sometimes I have to reread the passage to grasp its full meaning, but it is definitely worth it. I keep it by my bedside and try to read a page or two every night.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

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    The Art of Worldly Wisdom

    A collection of 300 anecdotes, Gracian's The Art of Worldly Wisdom is for the most part, relevant even today. The reader will find many inspiring words to live by. However, each anecdote starts with the central idea Gracian is trying to convey, but quickly degrades into an exercise in verboseness. I would suggest only reading the first sentence or two of each one. That's the important part anyways.

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