"One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say."
"He looked on everything as imitation. The most original writers, he said, borrowed one from another. Boyardo has imitated Pulci, and Ariofio Boyardo.The instruction we find in books is like fire; we fetch it from our neighbour, kindle it as home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."
Baltasar Gracián was a writer and philosopher. He was a Jesuit, and was ordained in 1627. He is mostly known today for his wit, especially his collection of maxims known as The Art of Worldly Wisdom. Here is a small selection of the shorter maxims:
"Not believing others implies that you yourself are deceitful. The liar suffers twice: he neither believes nor is believed."
"The person who does not know how to put up with others...
"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself."
"Virtue refuses facility for her companion … the easy, gentle, and sloping path that guides the footsteps of a good natural disposition is not the path of true virtue. It demands a rough and thorny road."
"I will follow the good side right to the fire, but not into it if I can help it"
"Malice sucks up the greatest part of its own venom, and poisons itself"