I Love These, Especially #8 and #9 Which I Practice

WHAT I’VE LEARNED:  Baltasar Gracian

  1. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
  2. All that really belongs to us is time.  Even he who has nothing else has that.
  3. Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.
  4. Do pleasant things yourself but unpleasant things through others.
  5. It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
  6. Know how to ask.  There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.
  7. Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
  8. Put yourself on view.  This brings your talents to light.
  9. The great art of giving consists in this:  the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
  10. The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. 

~ by nancyfenn on September 5, 2006.

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