The Art of Worldly Wisdom
"Use human means as though divine ones did not
exist, and use divine means as though there were no human ones." So wrote
the Jesuit scholar Baltazar Gracian some 300 years ago, in a book that will be compared to
Sun Tzu's The Art of War and Machiavelli's The Prince. A new translation of long
lost wisdom on living successfully yet responsibly.
Gracian's Worldly Wisdom
in the seventeenth century, this collection of three hundred timeless maxims offers sage
advice on how to impress superiors, confound rivals, and get the most from subordinates.
Written 300 years ago by a
brilliant Spanish Jesuit scholar, this collection -- with references on morality,
self-love, friendship, wit, ignorance, and more -- is for anyone seeking to combine
ethical behavior with worldly effectiveness.
An excellent guide to a successful and wise life. "The Art of Worldly
Wisdom," though over-flowing with excellent strategies for a successful worldly life,
is primarily devoted to making one a better person. The following of these maxims
cannot help but to make one a success in both worldly matters and in spiritual
development. Regardless of whether it is compared with the other classics on
strategy or morality, Gracian's "The Art of Worldly Wisdom," will emerge as one
of the most important in both style and effectiveness.
Truly a timeless classic.
The bestselling book of strategies for achieving
personal and professional success -- now in a miniature edition. Written in the 17th
century, Gracian's teachings are strikingly modern in tone, putting strategy above ethics
while reminding the reader that the search for excellence begins with perfecting oneself.
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