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Art of Worldly Wisdom

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ISBN-10: 0486440346

ISBN-13: 9780486440347

Edition: 2005

Authors: Baltasar Gracian, Joseph Jacobs

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“Think with the few and speak with the many,” “Friends are a second existence,” and “Be able to forget” are among this volume’s 300 pithy maxims on politics, professional life, and personal development. Published in 1637 by Baltasar Gracian, a Spanish Jesuit scholar, it was an instant success throughout Europe. Gracian’s timeless advice, focusing on honesty and kindness, remains ever popular, and the translation by Joseph Jacobs preserves the author’s epigrammatic style and the richness of his wordplay and puns. A perfect source of mental and spiritual refreshment, this book can be opened at random and appreciated either for a few moments or for a lengthy browse.
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Book details

List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/12/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.28" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Joseph Jacobs was born in Sydney, Australia on August 29, 1854. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1876, he pursued a full and varied career, writing many essays for various periodicals including a famous series in 1882 on the Russian persecutions of the Jews. He also made his influence felt as a Jew by editing the first issues of The Jewish Yearbook (1896--99), serving as president of the Jewish Historical Society, and editing The Jewish Encyclopedia. He later served as professor of English at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. His interest in folklore grew out of his studies in anthropology. From 1890 to 1893, he edited Folk Lore, a British journal on the…