The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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The Art of Worldly Wisdom is a book by Baltasar Gracián y Morales (a.k.a. Baltasar Gracián). It is a collection of maxims. Oráculo manual y arte de prudencia was written in 1647, and became popular throughout Europe. The book is a collection of 300 maxims, each with a commentary, on various topics giving advice and guidance on how to live fully, advance socially, and be a better person.

It was translated by Joseph Jacobs (London and New York, Macmillan and co., 1892.[1] Other editions are also available from:


  1. ^ See Gracian, Balthasar (1892). The Art of Wordly Wisdom (1 ed.). London: Macmillan. Retrieved 18 October 2015.  via Internet Archive

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