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by Baltasar Gracian,Christopher Maurer

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Author:
Baltasar Gracian,Christopher Maurer
ISBN13:
978-0385421317
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0385421311
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Doubleday; 1 edition (January 1992)
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World Literature
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Baltasar Gracian was an aphorist, imaginary biographer, and novelist, who published studies of ideal figures and handbooks on the arts of rhetoric and comportment. His books include "The Hero, Shrewdness and the Art of the Artist, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, "and "The Master Critic.

Baltasar Gracian was an aphorist, imaginary biographer, and novelist, who published studies of ideal figures and handbooks on the arts of rhetoric and comportment. Many high officials felt attacked by the controversial and critical works of this Jesuit priest-professor. Gracian refused to be censored, and was eventually confined to solitary house arrest, where he died. Christopher Maurer, professor of Spanish and chair of Rom.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian was all but forgotten for three hundred years, until its republication in 1992 turned this lost classic into a New York Times bestseller

The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian was all but forgotten for three hundred years, until its republication in 1992 turned this lost classic into a New York Times bestseller. Now Gracian, the Spanish Jesuit considered Machiavelli's better in strategy and insight, sets a new standard on the art of living and the practice of achieving. That new standard is the art of heroism-how to be "the consummate person, ripe and perfect: accurate in judgment, mature in taste, attentive in listening, wise in sayings, shrewd in deeds, the center of all perfection

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Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomplished .

Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomplished what Niccolo never could, nor would have wanted to: a day to day primer of sage advice from a trained Jesuit mind who walked and worked in the highest halls of power in his time. Gracian's Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of 300 maxims containing excellent, practical advice; very Senecan, and, at times, Machiavellian in sentiment (but much more.

The remarkable best-seller - a long-lost, 300-year-old book of wisdom on how to live successfully. In years past, we’ve looked for common themes in this list.

By Baltasar Gracian Translated by Christopher Maurer. By Baltasar Gracian Translated by Christopher Maurer. 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. Also by Baltasar Gracian. See all books by Baltasar Gracian.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Spanish: Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia) is a book written in 1647 by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better known as Baltasar Gracian. It was translated by Joseph Jacobs (London and New York City, Macmillan and c. 1892.

Gracian's work draws on careful study of statesmen and potentates who managed to combine ethical . Each of the elegrantly crafted maxims in this volume offers valuable insight on the art of living and the practice of achieving.

Gracian's work draws on careful study of statesmen and potentates who managed to combine ethical behavior with worldly effectiveness.

The art of moving people’s wills involves more skill than determination. You must know how to get inside the other person.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle, a book by Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658) offers three hundred aphorisms for understanding the world and successfully diverging from the pack. The book is for for those who crave substance over image. Gracián was a Jesuit priest who developed little tolerance for human folly and went about collecting and organizing his observations. Similar to Machiavelli’s The Prince, Gracián subordinated ethics to strategy. Here’s a look at some of his aphorisms. The art of moving people’s wills involves more skill than determination.

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.
  • This is a translation from the original Castellano (Spanish). If you can read Spanish you should read the original. But in whatever language you read it, you should read it and read it many times. A man needs guidance. This Jesuit provides it. Jesuits are generally smart and experienced. This author from so long ago is a standard setter. Read this book slowly, then read it again, and again, and again. This is a lifetime companion. Little has changed in the context of the counsel that this book provides. Read it, and continue to read it continually. 15 minutes per day with this book will change your results beyond what you could imagine.

  • This is a great book full of helpful advice - almost like little nuggets of wisdom from a father to a son. A friend gave me my first copy about six months ago and I have been reading it almost daily since then. The book is structured with over 200 pieces of advice each with a paragraph of two or text. Sometimes his writing is a little bit fluffy, but his advice is sound. I also like the fact that he has a practical side like Machivallei but keeps his morals compass (given he was a priest).

  • There are few things as satisfying as finding a delivery system - ancient or modern - that can perfectly capture the hidden meaning in otherwise "commonly" observed situations, phenomenon, habits, and human nature. Such that upon reading it, YOU immediately think "Damn, WHY can't I think as clearly as this...it should've been so obvious"!

  • The Kindle version of this book is mis-formatted. The cover of the book and copyright notice are at the end of the book instead of the beginning where they should be. The summary of the 300 aphorisms is at the end of the book instead of the beginning after the introduction where it should be.

  • The old priest expresses wisdom, cunning, knowledge and grace unknown to this current age. The simplicity and profundity of each proverb lends itself easily to application. This little book will speak to even the wisest, or most foolish of hearts. Machiavelli is a pale shadow compared to the sagacity and foresight of Gracian. If there was a book that every man should read after the Holy Scriptures it is this one.

  • Great book. Robert Greene cited this book frequently and prob used it as a base for 48 laws of power

    one thing to note is that this book is really old so the language can be hard for the modern reader to understand

  • This interesting book (The Art of Worldly Wisdom: translated by Martin Fischer) contains 300 aphorisms taken from Baltasar Grecian’s numerous scholarly volumes. He lived around the 16th century teaching and writing. Not a whole lot is known about the author but he was a member of “the society of Jesus” which was a scholarly and academic group.

    These aphorisms cover an enormous amount of subject areas. The following are just a small sample of the topics covered: Mind and spirit, nature and art, fortune and fame, accomplish your ends, the art of being lucky, be gracious, think, never exaggerate, be shrewd, but not too shrewd, have strength of spirit, never lose your head, work with good tools, know how to refuse, generous in action, the art of living well, attain, and maintain a reputation, deal solely with men of honor, never talk about yourself, and many other bits of great advice.

    If you are a seeker of knowledge and bits of wisdom from the ancient masters, you may want to check out this book. Even though the writing style is not always clear (could be because of the translation) or easy to understand: nevertheless, this is still an excellent book to read. Some of the bits of wisdom are a pure joy to read.

    Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku).

  • One of the best books I've ever read. A bit like reading the Tao Te Ching, it is essentially laws of power and the right way to do things. You can read this a thousand times and get more out of it each time. I recommend reading the different translations - though I found this one very easy to understand.