The Art Of Worldly Wisdom

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Baltasar Gracian was a Spanish Jesuit priest born in 1601, and was a recognized and sometimes controversial writer and clergyman during his lifetime.

Gracian penetrating mind offers 300 short paragraphs of insights, reflections, and advice that would best be described as practical, straight forward, and bold. His deep understanding of human nature and his innate wisdom impelled Gracian to write not only to help people find the success they ...

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Overview

Baltasar Gracian was a Spanish Jesuit priest born in 1601, and was a recognized and sometimes controversial writer and clergyman during his lifetime.

Gracian penetrating mind offers 300 short paragraphs of insights, reflections, and advice that would best be described as practical, straight forward, and bold. His deep understanding of human nature and his innate wisdom impelled Gracian to write not only to help people find the success they desired, but to transform people into better human beings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440440526
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,041,621
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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To the Reader No laws for the just, no counsels for the wise. Yet no one ever knew as much as he had need. One thing you must forgive, another, thank me for. I have called this manual of worldly wisdom an Oracle, for it is one in curtness and senten- tiousness. On the other hand, I offer you in one all the twelve works of Gracian. Each of these is so highly thought of that his Prudent Man had scarcely appeared in Spain than it was enjoyed among the French, in whose language it was translated and at whose court it was printed. May this be Wisdom's bill of fare at the banquet oj her sages, in which she inscribes the items of the feast of reason to be found in Gracian's other works, DON riNCENCIO JUAN DE i Everything is at its Acme ; especially the art of making one's way in the world. There is more required nowadays to make a single wise man than formerly to make Seven Sages, and more is needed nowadays to deal with a single person than was required with a whole people in former times. ii Character and Intellect : the two poles of our capacity; one without the other is but halfway to happiness. Intellect sufficeth not, character is also needed. On the other hand, it is the fool's misfortune to fail in obtaining the position, the employment, the neighbourhood, and the circle of friends that suit him. iii Keep Matters jor a Time in Suspense. Admiration at their novelty heightens the value of your achievements, It is both useless and insipid to play with the cards on the table. If you do not declare yourself immediately, you arouse expectation, especially when the importance of your position makes you the object of general attention. Mix a little mystery with everything, and thevery mystery arouses veneration. And when you explain, be not too explicit, just as ...
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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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