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The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudenceby Balthasar Gracian
Synopses & Reviews
A classic on power to stand alongside Machiavelli and Marcus Aurelius.
With aphorisms ranging from "find everyone's weak spot" to "quit whilst fortune is smiling, as all good gamblers do," this engrossing classic of the Spanish Golden Age offers pragmatic, hardheaded, and coldly- calculated advice on how to thrive in a cut-throat world. Its three hundred maxims were originally written in Spanish more than four hundred years ago and are as applicable to modern life as they are to the dynamics of Spanish Baroque society.
About the Author
Balthasar Gracian (1601-1658) entered the Society of Jesus in 1619, was ordained in 1627, and took his final vows in 1635. A college teacher, confessor to the viceroy of Aragon, and sometime army chaplain, he became one of the great Spanish stylists and moralists of all time.
Jeremy Robbins is Forbes Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
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