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The Art of Worldly Wisdom, by Balthasar Gracian (Discussion)

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I have been reading The Art of Worldy Wisdom and though it would be better to discuss it with other people have have read it.

 

The Art Of Worldly Wisdom is a collection of paragraphs and maxims about what appears to be life.

 

The words from these paragraphs can be greatly enhanced from persons present experience in life. Now, if you mix a whole bunch of people that effect would be greater.

 

So if you have read the book or you just read it now read any maxim from the following link here.

 

Do share your thoughts and questions.

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Here is one

 


 

Quote:

cclxix Make use of the Novelty of your Position;

 

for men are valued while they are new. Novelty pleases all because it is uncommon, taste is refreshed, and a brand new mediocrity is thought more of than accustomed excellence. Ability wears away by use and becomes old. However, know that the glory of novelty is short-lived: after four days respect is gone. Accordingly, learn to utilise the first fruits of appreciation, and seize during the rapid passage of applause all that can be put to use. For once the heat of novelty over, the passion cools and the appreciation of novelty is exchanged for satiety at the customary: believe that all has its season, which soon passes.

 I'm  thinking right now how to utilize that novelty to its full extent. How to do it in todays world. At a new wrokplace, classroom, neighboordhood etc. Im also wondering if I understand what it means.

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