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. : The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle (): Baltasar Gracian, Christopher Maurer: Books. The Art of Worldly Wisdom [Baltasar Gracian] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the Art of Worldly Wisdom Baltasar Gracian gives us.

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Each paragraph contained a string of one-sentence aphorisms that give the appearance of world-weary wisdom to mask their overgeneralization. Of Balthasar Gracian and his Works. Certainly there have been other books in the same genre, but I have yet to find another one as penetrating and objective.

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Balthasar Gracian 20 Questions Please submit a quiz here. Sometimes his writing is a little bit fluffy, but his advice is sound. Jul 15, Jacopo rated it it was amazing Shelves: A bit like reading the Tao Te Ching, it is essentially laws of power and the right way to do things.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The name hints at the size of the first printing of this books – pocket-fitting and densely printed sometimes hard to read because of this. Showing of reviews. Baptasar writing, much like the religious experience, is defined in ways that diminish and ridicule its very existence. The Art of Worldly Wisdom is wroldly anyone seeking to combine ethical behavior with worldly success.


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Sep 12, Pages. 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.

Jan 20, Feathers Scott rated it it was amazing. Feb 07, Mohammad rated it it was amazing.

Also in Shambhala Classics. Get to Know Us. Explore the Home Gift Guide. English Choose a language for shopping. Philosophy Personal Growth Religion Category: This oracle is street-wise and takes the definition of “wisdom” to a place that seems wise, but in essence, is not very “virtuous” in my opinion.

Help us introduce it to others by writing a better introduction for it. His visions sour and cynical terrified his superiors. This book is for those who wish to have an ambitious plan for success without compromising their integrity or losing their way.

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To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice. Feb 27, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing. Buy the selected items together This item: Sometimes making me think of the state of the world now, how to know when to fold ’em, not to hold to opinions too stubbornly, remember to already live and not leave living to old age, and the “act as though always on view” sounds interesting.


I struggled through to the end, reading a few per day.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The summary of baltaxar aphorisms is at the end of the book instead of the beginning after the introduction where it should be. This is one of the great books of wisdom, dispensed in brief paragraphs with headings like “better to be intensive than extensive,” and “reserve is the seal of talent.

A suprisingly good book, with something for everyone, even when not living like they once did. Published December 1st by Crown Business first published I think it or be on everyone’s essential reading list.

Le strategie estetiche corrispondono a quelle morali. Other notable thinkers have been influenced by The Art of Worldly Wisdom. A friend gave me my first copy about six months ago and I have been reading it almost daily since then. View all 5 comments. Serait-il le premier “self-help” book de notre histoire?