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Baltasar Gracián

Date de naissance: 8. janvier 1601
Date de décès: 6. décembre 1658
Autres noms:Baltasar Y Morales Gracián,Бальтасар Грасиан-и-Моралес

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Baltasar Gracián y Morales, né à Belmonte del Río Perejil , près de Calatayud en Espagne le 8 janvier 1601 et mort à Tarazona, près de Saragosse, le 6 décembre 1658, est un écrivain et essayiste jésuite du Siècle d'or espagnol.

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„Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people's expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would.“

— Baltasar Gracián
Context: Honorable beginnings should serve to awaken curiosity, not to heighten people's expectations. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations, and something turns out better than we thought it would. This rule does not hold true for bad things: when an evil has been exaggerated, its reality makes people applaud. What was feared as ruinous comes to seem tolerable. Maxim 19 (p. 12)

„Complaints will always discredit you.“

— Baltasar Gracián
Context: Complaints will always discredit you. Rather than compassion and consolation, they provoke passion and insolence, and encourage those who hear our complaints to behave like those we complain about. Once divulged to others, the offenses done to us seem to make others pardonable. Some complain of past offenses and give rise to future ones. Maxim 129 (p. 72)

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