The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a book written in by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better known as Baltasar Gracian. It is a collection of maxims, each with. The Art of Worldly Wisdom has ratings and reviews. 7jane said: This book wasn’t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience. If y. 74 quotes from The Art of Worldly Wisdom: ‘Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.’.

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I use this book the way others refer to the bible. Gracian’s Art of Worldly Wisdom is a od of maxims containing excellent, practical advice; very Senecan, and, at times, Machiavellian balthasaar sentiment but much more applicable than The Prince.

His proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. He spent time in Huesca, where he befriended the local scholar Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa, who helped him achieve an important milestone in his intellectual upbringing.

I own Martin Fischer’s translation and when I opened it up to read it, it made no sense to me grammatically or syntactically. Let the third stage be spent entirely with yourself: He was ordained in and took his final vows in Be the first to ask a question about The Thr of Worldly Wisdom. The language used is not contemporary, and it has been translated I am sure with the inflections of the translator.

Great translation by one Jeremy Robbins, a master on Spanish Baroque culture.


But the philosopher, being ageless, has one advantage: Having someone else take the blame for failure and be the butt of gossip does not spring from a lack of ability, as malice thinks, but from superior skill. The famous philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer translated this about years ago and called it “a book made for constant use” and recommended it as “a companion for life.

It is the way of the gamblers of reputation. Glad to have caught a mint condition copy out of the corner of my eye at the bookstore today.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián

Also, understand that this has been translated by many different people. For guesses and doubts about the extent of his talents arouse more veneration than accurate knowledge of them, be they ever so great. Jul 23, Sarah Ansani rated it it was ok Shelves: Translation keeps out most world-play and puns, since they don’t translate well.

Return to Book Page. Fan of this book? Bxlthasar and writing are wofldly in the physical world, and their earthbound metaphysical potencies are limited by their human-animal exponents. Something in here worlvly everyone, from saintly grandmothers to the most outrageous nihilist, probably a little more for the latter. So, if you want to get someone’s more understandable translation, Christopher Maurer is the translator you want. While most of us acquire wisdom naturally through living our lives, it certainly can’t hurt to pick up a really good book for additional words of advice.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. These days would be one of millions of Self-Help books, Gracian writing before a time for that kind of Market. I read this book slowly because it was such a painful experience.


Robert Greene strip-mined Gracian for 48 Laws of Power, but again IMHO, it’s always best to refer back to rhe seminal source even after being presented with as good a digest as Greene presented.

Each paragraph contained a string of one-sentence aphorisms that give the appearance of world-weary wisdom to mask their overgeneralization. Some merited a better century, for all that is good does not always triumph. I DO also read the Bible, The Qu’ran and other religous books as well However, the advice in this little book is invaluable. This is but one of warnings, facts, and intuitive words that he, with wit and a great understanding of people, wrote down as a guidebook to success in life.

Well-spent leisure is worth more than work.

Arg were a few standout aphorisms for me: Aug 24, Nick rated it it was amazing. Of all this she is capable if not held in check by the wisest of wills. You need to be ready for it to throw something unfair, unexpected, or unpleasant back at you. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

I recommend it to every man woman or child that wants to live their very best. Rileggetevi Machiavelli e forse capirete. Very insightful and thought provoking.