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The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence Penguin ClassicsNd thought provoking aphorisms From the art of being lucky to the healthy use of caution these elegant maxims were created as a guide to life with further suggestions given on cultivating good taste knowing how to refuse the foolishness. This slim volume must be mass printed and given to any teenager about to embark on adult life I am only sorry that I had to wait for longer to be introduced to it Had I been given it as a teen my life would have taken a different and better courseGracian's world is one that is eerily similar to ours despite the 400 years that separate them a world were deceit and treason are the order of the day where competition is fierce even over trifles where today's friend is tomorrow's bitter enemy The world of Baroue Spain is one in which everyone is observed all the time by others and is pathologically self conscious because of that Gracian offers a guide to survival and prosperity in this world but his lessons are hard Those of us who prefer to see the world through rose tinted glasses will chuck this book away; the rest will adopt it as a trusty mentor and friendGracian wants us to win He teaches us unstinting realism the ability to see the world around us just as it is He is the enemy of positive thinking narcissism idealism and self deception The difference between a thinker and a fool is that of realism and self control The fool is doomed to failure exploited and led to ruin by those who cotton on to his obvious passions or hopes while the thinker retains perfect self mastery through all of life's ups and downs No one knows his wants or needs and no one holds him in thrallGracian is a subtle and whimsical thinker a writer of vertiginous style The hard lessons he offers us are sweetened by his reasoning and comment One can hear the confessor the Jesuit the practical psychologist as well as the courtier and the ethicist in his wordsHe is both erudite and irreverent gentle even when he is being harsh This book is really a survival manual for the intelligent the self critical and the ambitious; Gracian teaches us what we need to know to survive and flourish He tells us when to speak and when to be silent; when to act and when to wait it out He tells us how to make friends with whom to make them and how to nurture and protect our friendships He tells us how to identify our needs and get them met How to lay our plans and how to act on them How to ask and how to be asked How to handle a 'no' and how to deliver a 'no' How to avoid ridicule and upstaging How to neutralize those who would harm us from envy or plain malice How to keep that which is most sacred to us hidden in plain sightGracian is in fact profoundly compassionate He full of compassion towards the thinking feeling aspirational people who are determined to survive and do well in a world of dangerous make believe and this book is the practical outcome of his compassion So don't believe those who describe him or his book as cynical or coldBuy it read it carry it with you in your bag and give it to any teenagers and young people you know

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The perennially popular book of advice on Oracle and PDF #10003 how to achieve personal and professional success new to Penguin ClassicsWritten over years ago The Pocket Oracle and the Art of Prudence is a charming collection of witty a. Baltasar Gracián’s Pocket Oracle gives or less cynical advice for all those who want to dominate in the world and to become a ‘true hero’ 300 The end justifies all meansHis Oracle has often been compared to ‘Il Principe’ by Niccolò Machiavelli But Machiavelli’s book is an urgent call to Lorenzo de’Medici il Magnifico to seize power and stop the bloodshed brought on the population by the constant fighting between the aristocratic power houses in Italy in the 15th16th century His aim was forced peace not warIn the Pocket Oracle we are dealing with a Jesuit whose only aim is to get a maximum return on one’s own strength and to exploit the weaknesses of one’s opponents His aim is psychological warfare not peace although also for him ‘from tolerance arises peace the inestimable joy of the world’ 159As basic axioms one could choose the following aphorisms ‘you are as much as you know’ 4 ‘trust in today’s friends as if tomorrow’s worst enemies’ 217 ‘the circumspect are always on the side of reason not passion’ 142 and ‘things don’t pass for what they are but for what they seem’ 130His tactics areSlyness ‘When you can’t wear a lion’s skin wear a fox’s skin’ 220Dissimulation ‘The most practical kind of knowledge is dissimulation; whoever plays their hand openly runs the risk of losing’ 98Opportunism ‘Live as circumstances demand Ruling reasoning everything must be opportune’ 288Caution ‘A person who is cautious is clearly prudent The tongue is ferocious; once let loose it’s very difficult to chain it up again’ 222Temperance self control peace of mind Epicurianism ‘Imperturbability the spirit’s most sublime uality 8 and ‘Practice sels restraint’ 207Manipulation Deception ‘Know how to deflect trouble on to someone else’ 149World view and religionBaltasar Gracián’s world view is fundamentally pessimistic ‘life is a campaign against malice’ 13 ‘sincere people are loved but deceived’ 219 ‘lies are commonplace’ 154 ‘stupidity has sized hold of the world 201 ‘few can do good but almost everyone harm’ 257 and ‘there are whole nations inclined to false conduct treachery fickleness deceit’ 280For a Jesuit as Baltasar Gracián even in religious matters manipulation is the name of the game ‘Even in matters concerning heaven Christian teachers recommend such holy astuteness It’s an important kind of dissimulation because the perceived benefit is just the bait to catch another’s will’ 144The plebsBaltasar Gracián has a deep contempt for the plebs ‘Take no pleasure in the miracles of the mob which are merely foolish bedazzlements common stupidity being astonished’ 28; ‘A lukewarm ‘yes’ from an outstanding man is worth than the applause of the rabble whose belches don’t inspire’ 281 and ‘Common anger is normally like an angry dog which not knowing the reason for its pain attacks the instrument that inflicts it’ 187This book is an excellent and easily readable text by Jeremy Robbins who also wrote a very informative introductionNot only for the cynical

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