September Twenty Fifth Success Secret – Baltasar Gracian

September 25, 2020 — Leave a comment

Not unapproachable: It is in the government that the really ungoverned have their being. To be unapproachable is the vice of people who do not know themselves; they confuse their spleen with their splendor. The road to affection does not lie in surliness. A show indeed, one of these erratics, making a point of his exclusiveness!  His unfortunate subordinates enter to have speech as to battle with a tiger, as full of spears as of fears. To win office, such a person could get himself in with everybody. But having arrived, his presumptuousness gets him out with everybody. Because of his place he should be accessible to the many. But because of his gall or his spite, he becomes accessible to none. A just punishment, to let him be, robbing him of both his brains and his following.

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

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