❰BOOKS❯ ✯ Oráculo Manual, y Arte de Prudencia Author Baltasar Gracián – Motyourdrive.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Oráculo Manual, y Arte de Prudencia

  1. says:

    This book wasn t quite what I expected, yet it was still a good experience If you have or will read Machiavelli s The Prince , Sun Tzu s The Art Of War and or Castiglione s The Book Of The Courtier , this is another good book to this type of books There s is also some certainty that the author read The Prince since it came out earlier than this book, which came out in 1647 the fact that the author of this present book was a Jesuit no doubt helped, since I do know Jesuits have been thought of as cunning, both in positive and negative sense.So this book is a series of 300 witty, thought proviking aphorisms which are nicely shown in the contents list , with some helpful notes at the end you can t expect everyone to be familiar with Greek Roman classic texts including Aesop s tales and the Bible 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 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.Some of the text clearly shows that certain aphorisms can be grouped together, and some themes do pop up again as one keeps reading The style is laconic, which I like since it keeps the message clearly floating Translation keeps out most world play and puns, since they don t translate well.The author stresses the importance of taking ever changing circumstances into account, as aphrosim s tips may not apply on every occasion In everything, though, prudence is the main key that keep one afloat in the changes and risks of the society There is value in difficulty than easy there is challenge this way Disillusion is sometimes good, it helps in looking behind appearances, where danger and opportunities may hide One has to realise that others are playing the game, too.There were a few standout aphorisms for me 1o1, 110, 183, 249, 273, 297 really felt close to me 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.The last aphorism gives the whole lot a nice twist it might make you read the text again, which may not be hard work since the book is quite slim The book is quite easy to read, even if you don t really notice that Christianity still sort of flows underground in the text, most of the time it might feel like the book s general message veers very close to Machiavelli, yet in the end staying slight apart.A suprisingly good book, with something for everyone, even when not living like they once did.


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    Astonishing how true Gracian s aphorisms remain hundreds of years later and how much the culture of Spain at the time seems so modern.A work to study and be studied again and again 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


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    Use human means as if there were no divine ones and use divine means as if there were no human ones.


  4. says:

    The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Graci n is unlike any book you are likely to find on bookshelves today Self help books can be helpful, but they are usually focused on what to do after you have encountered certain problems Business books are often a collection of case studies or war stories The Art of Worldly Wisdom teaches the same sort of lessons and in a much broader context It is a manual on how to be successful at anything in life Considering that it is still amazing relevant today despite being first published in 1647, it is a classic masterpiece.Certainly there have been other books in the same genre, but I have yet to find another one as penetrating and objective La Rochefoucauld s Maxims 1660 80s is insightful as well, but it is colored by a lifetime of bitter experiences Though Graci n had his own troubles, perhaps being a priest allowed him to observe clearly without becoming jaded by the excesses and pitfalls of worldly life Also, The Art of Worldly Wisdom contains only 300 aphorisms, considerably less than the Maxims while packing the same amount of substance or .Other notable thinkers have been influenced by The Art of Worldly Wisdom Nietzsche wrote that Europe has never produced anything finer or complicated in matters of moral subtlety, and Schopenhauer considered the book Absolutely unique a book made for constant use a companion for life for those who wish to prosper in the great world So read The Art of Worldly Wisdom you will not regret it I wish that I had many years ago Perhaps I could have done things better, or perhaps I could have learned some lessons less painfully In either case, it could only have helped


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    Cada uno habla del objeto seg n su afecto This little book is one of the most read and translated works of the Spanish Golden Age It has been surprisingly influential Schopenhauer was a famous devotee, and even learned Spanish so that he could produce a translation which went on to commercial success Two English translations have been best sellers, the first in 1892 and the second in 1992 Advice typically does not age well, but Graci n s has stood the temporal test.Yet for the reader of the original Spanish especially the non native reader the book can be perplexing Graci n was a major writer in the conceptismo movement a literary style in which a maximum of meaning was compressed into a minimum of words, using every rhetorical trick of the trivium to achieve a style that seems to curl itself into a ball and then to explode in all directions This can make the experience of reading Graci n quite akin to that of reading poetry except here, unlike in poetry, you can be sure that there is a sensible meaning laying concealed underneath When the antiquity of Graci n s Castilian is added to the mix, the result is literary dish that is difficult to digest.After a meaning is beaten out of Graci n s twisted words, however, the result is some surprisingly straightforward advice Prudent is the operative word, for Graci n manages to be idealistic and realistic at once, walking the fine like between cynicism and na vet Admittedly, however, the bulk of this advice is directed towards the successful courtier, and so is difficult to apply to less exalted positions There is, for example, much advice concerned with how to treat inferiors and superiors, but in a world where explicit hierarchies are increasingly frowned upon or at least tactfully concealed , the poor reader wonders what to make of it.But much of the advice is timeless and universal Make friends with those you can learn from but not those who can outshine you Don t let wishful thinking lead you into unrealistic hopes Never lose your self respect The wise man gains from his enemies than the fool from his friends Know how to forget Know how to ask Look within As any reader of Don Quixote knows, Spanish is a language exceedingly rich in proverbs so it perhaps should come as no surprise that this language so rhythmic and so easy to make rhymes with is also an excellent vehicle for maxims Graci n exploits the proverbial potential of Castilian to the maximum, expressing a sly but respectable philosophy in 300 pithy paragraphs.Despite all the wit and wisdom to be found in these pages, however, I found myself wishing for amplification Montaigne, though short on practical advice, is long on examples so by the end of his essays the reader has a good idea how to put his ideas into practice Graci n, by contrast, has no time for examples, and so the reader is left with a rather abstract imperative to work with Needless to say I will not become a successful courtier anytime soon.


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    I have friends who read The Prince like a bible, and its true that Machiavelli is worthy of repeated study, both as a period piece and window into the Renaissance Italian soul, and as possibly the most notorious treatise on Realpolitik ever written Machiavelli, like Nietzsche, has been misused by the unscrupulous and decried by the ignorant also, IMHO, both writers were actually better historians and analysts than they were philosophers per se.Baltasar Gracian, in the Pocket Oracle, has accomplished what Niccolo never could, nor would have wanted to a day to day primer of sage advice from a trained Jesuit mind who walked and worked in the highest halls of power in his time The lessons are pithy and epigrammatic, both simple yet deserving of deep reflection and consideration and, most importantly, are eminently USEFUL in almost every interpersonal interaction in your day to day life, whether you are a dish washer or a senator his teachings are that universal.Robert Greene strip mined Gracian for 48 Laws of Power, but again IMHO, it s always best to refer back to the seminal source even after being presented with as good a digest as Greene presented 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 Also, this translation is, I feel, much better than those I ve seen marketed under the variant title Art of Worldly Wisdom.I read this book everyday I recommend it to every man woman or child that wants to live their very best Gracian was one of the wisest men who ever lived, and this is the free distillation of his wisdom.


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    I m a little surprised by some ratings of this book I understand that this isn t a book that you exactly critique because it s a renown oracle from the 17th century However, I took the wisdom in this book less as HOW to be and as HOW to watch out for people like this I ll agree that it s all wisdom, but it s something to UNDERSTAND rather than something to BE A lot of the advice gears toward deception, vanity, and greed Let someone else take the hit You will shield yourself from malevolence sound policy in those who govern Having someone else take the blame for failure and be the butt of gossip does not spring from a lack of ability, as malice thinks, but from superior skill Not everything can turn out well, and you can t please everyone So look for a scapegoat, someone whose own ambition will make him a good target In my opinion, a wise person may not get into such a situation where they must blame someone else And a wise person understands that mistakes are made and that they, themselves, are not perfect I d rather be wary of a person who would put blame on me rather than be the blamer Do, but also seem Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem To excel and to know how to show it is to excel twice What is invisible might as well not exist Reason itself is not venerated when it does not wear a reasonable face Those easily duped outnumber the prudent Deceit reigns, and things are judged from without, and are seldom what they seem A fine exterior is the best recommendation of inner perfection There are many aphorisms throughout this book that encourage the reader to not only be aware of the deceit that is out there, but to also play the same game And the focus is merely on aesthetic rather than essence Seem this way, even if you re not that way 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.Also, understand that this has been translated by many different people I own Martin Fischer s translation and when I opened it up to read it, it made no sense to me grammatically or syntactically Martin Fischer, I presume, is a literalist translator, for Gracian did have that difficult to understand writing style where sentences were incomplete and there was a severe lack in verbs So, if you want to get someone s understandable translation, Christopher Maurer is the translator you want.


  9. says:

    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 Gracian might best be described as an honorable politician he advocates dealing with the world with rectitude, but keeping a close eye on how the world responds You need to be ready for it to throw something unfair, unexpected, or unpleasant back at you It s perhaps comforting to know that the book was written 300 years ago, and the world is still pretty much the same now as it was then.


  10. says:

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