The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracián

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The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of maxims written by the Spanish Jesuit philosopher Baltasar Gracián. It was first published in 1647. The book is divided into 300 aphorisms, each offering a piece of advice on how to navigate the complexities of the world and achieve success. Gracián draws on his experiences as a courtier and his knowledge of human nature to provide insights into topics such as politics, social interaction, and personal development. Gracián's writing style is concise and to the point, making the book a quick and easy read. However, the depth of insight contained within each maxim means that the book is also rich in meaning and can be read and re-read many times over. Praised by the likes of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, the book remains popular in modern times - Christopher Maurer's 1992 translation of The Art of Worldly Wisdom spent 18 weeks in The Washington Post's list of Nonfiction General Best Sellers.

This book has 41,671 words, 65 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1647. This translation by Joseph Jacobs was first published in 1892.

Production notes: This ebook of The Art of Worldly Wisdom was published by Global Grey in 2018, and updated on the 1st April 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Man Writing a Letter' by Gabriël Metsu.

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