Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.

Baltasar Gracián

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Baltasar Gracián y Morales, SJ (Spanish pronunciation: [baltaˈsaɾ ɣɾaˈθjan]; 8 January 1601 – 6 December 1658), better known as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher. He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud (Aragon). His writings were lauded by Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

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