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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This is the Penguin edition, so you of course have the value added of their wonderful introductions, with historical references anchoring Gracian’s life and the impact of the Oracle itself. I read this book slowly because it was such a painful experience.

Each paragraph contained a string of one-sentence aphorisms that give the appearance of world-weary wisdom to mask their overgeneralization. Also by Baltasar Gracian. One which would be on my Currently Reading shelf for a long, long time, if I didn’t plan to tuck it away and just read a passage or two every so often.

No trivia or quizzes yet. How to read, write and enjoy haiku. It is for the 17th Century Baroque Spanish upper society, Spain being then in decline, away from being the world power, with France and Rococo soon taking their place. Trecento aforismi, campioni di scrittura per un pensiero breve, affatto superficiale. 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.


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Jul 17, Gregorycox rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Others argue the opposite. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It is t “The contempt is the most subtle form of revenge” Gracian was Jesuit.

If there was a book that every man should read after the Holy Scriptures it is this one. This is a great meditation on how to live simply, wisely.

Centuries later we see people, society and their perception and judgment didn’t really change that much at all. The language used is not contemporary, and it has been translated I am sure with the inflections of the translator. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

In everything, though, prudence is the main key that keep one afloat in the changes and risks of the society. I use this book the way others refer to the bible. Reading ten, slowly, in a row started to remind me of my lesser qualities, the voluminous nature of them. Better yet it’s written, how can I say, positively, without the cynicism of say, The Prince or other books who try to do the same.


Sep 17, Osbert rated it really liked it. Normally I read books of aphorisms slowly in order to savor each one.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. Customers who bought this item also bought. First published in He acquired fame as a preacher, although some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his superiors. This is timeless in its wisdom–I would add I don’t agree with everything he says and that although he can be spiritual at times, this is a guide of “Worldly Wisdom” and something that as a Jesuit priest he was sometimes condemned for this worldlyness Of Balthasar Gracian and his Works.

It did not respect many thing. The summary of the aphorisms is at the end of the book instead of the beginning after the introduction where it should be. Those easily duped outnumber the prudent.

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