Baltasar Gracián


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Baltasar Gracián y Morales, SJ (January 8, 1601 – December 6, 1658) was an Aragonese Jesuit and baroque prose writer. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). His proto-existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

The son of a doctor, in his childhood Gracián lived with his uncle, who was a priest. He studied at a Jesuit school in 1621 and 1623 and ... more »

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  • ''At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.''
    Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658), Spanish writer, Jesuit priest. "Know How to Renew Your Character," The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647).
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