November Twenty Fifth Success Secret – Baltasar Gracian

November 25, 2020 — Leave a comment

Nature and art: The material and the workmanship. There is no beauty unaided, no excellence that does not sink to the barbarous, unless saved by art: It redeems the bad and perfects the good. Because nature commonly forsakes us at her best, take refuge in art. The best in nature is raw without art, and the excellent is lacking if it lacks culture. Without cultivation everyone is a clown and needs polish, fine attributes notwithstanding.

~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1647)

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