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Return to Book Page. The wise man does not allow his knowledge and abilities to be valtasar to the bottom, if he desires to be honored at all. He allows you to know them but not to comprehend them. No one must know the extent of his abilities, lest he be disappointed.
No one ever has an opportunity of fathoming him entirely. For guesses and doubts about the extent of his talents arouse more veneration than accurate knowledge of them, be they ever so great.
It is a matter of great importance to forego superlatives, in part to avoid offending the truth, and in part to avoid cheapening your judgment.
Exaggeration wastes distinction and testifies to the paucity of your understanding and taste. Baltxsar excites anticipation and stimulates desire.
Afterwards when value does not measure up to price, disappointment turns against the fraud and takes revenge by cheapening both the appraised and worpdly appraise. For this reason let the prudent go slowly, and err in understatement rather than overstatement.
The extraordinary of every kind is always rare, wherefore temper your estimate. It is the misfortune of the over-celebrated that they cannot measure up to excessive expectations. Wor,dly actual can never attain the imagined: The imagination weds the wish, and together they always conjure up more than reality can furnish.
For however great may be a person’s virtues, the will never measure up to what was imagined.
When people see themselves cheated in their extravagant anticipations, they turn more quickly to disparagement than to praise. Hope is a great falsifier of the truth; the the intelligence put her right by seeing to it that the fruit is superior to its appetite. You will make a better exit when the actual transcends the imagined, and is more than was expected. The works of nature all amount to a peak of perfection; up to it they wax, beyond it they wane. Only in matters of art have a few gone to the point where they might not be improved.
It is the mark of cultivated taste to enjoy everything at its best. But all may not do this, and not all who may, know how. Even the fruits of the spirit have their moment of ripeness, and it is well to recognize this, in order to value it properly and attend to it. It is the way of the gamblers of reputation.
Quite as important as a gallant advance is a well-planned retreat. Lock up your winnings when they are enough, or when great.
Continuous luck is always suspect; more secure is that which changes. Though half bitter and half sweet, it is more satisfying to the taste. The more luck pyramids, the greater the danger of slip and collapse. For luck always compensates her intensity by her brevity.
Fortune wearies of carrying anyone long upon her shoulders.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom – Wikipedia
Great persons are of their time. Not all were born into a period worthy of them, and many so born failed to benefit by it. Some merited a better century, for all that is good does not always triumph. Fashions have their periods and even the greatest virtues, their styles. But the philosopher, being ageless, has one advantage: Should this not prove the right century, many to follow will.
Sometimes curbing her, ar giving her rein, for she is the whole of happiness.
She sets to rights even the understanding. She sinks to tyranny, not satisfied with mere faith, but demanding works. Thus she becomes the mistress of life itself. She does so with pleasure or with pain, according to the nonsense presented.
She makes people contented or discontented with themselves.
By dangling before some nothing but the specter of their eternal suffering, she becomes the scourge of these fools. To others she shows nothing but fortune and romance, while merrily laughing. Of all this she is capable if not held in check by the wisest of wills. Yet there exist those chamaleons of popularity who find their joy, not in the sweet breath of Apollo, but in the smell of the crowd.
And not in mind: Do not be taken in by what are miracles to the populace, for the ignorant do not rise above marveling. Thus the stupidity of a crowd is lost in admiration, even as the brain of an individual uncovers the trick.
If just quickly done they can be quickly undone. 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. They offend the truth and cast doubt on your judgment. By exaggerating, you squander your praise and reveal a lack of knowledge and taste. Praise awakens curiosity, which begets desire, and later, when the goods seem overpriced, as often happens, expectation feels cheated and avenges itself by running down the praised and the praiser. The prudent show restraint, and would rather fall short than long.
True eminences are rare, so temper your esteem. To overvalue something is a form of lying. It can ruin your reputation for good taste, and—even worse—for wisdom. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.