How to Use Your Enemies Better mad with the crowd than sane all alone In these witty Machiavellian aphorisms unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Graci n shows us how to exploit friends and enemies alike to thrive in a world o

  • Title: How to Use Your Enemies
  • Author: Baltasar Gracián
  • ISBN: 9780141398273
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Better mad with the crowd than sane all alone In these witty, Machiavellian aphorisms, unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Graci n shows us how to exploit friends and enemies alike to thrive in a world of deception and illusion Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Cl Better mad with the crowd than sane all alone In these witty, Machiavellian aphorisms, unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Graci n shows us how to exploit friends and enemies alike to thrive in a world of deception and illusion Introducing Little Black Classics 80 books for Penguin s 80th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Baltasar Graci n 1601 1658 Graci n s work is available in Penguin Classics in The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence.

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    About "Baltasar Gracián"

    1. Baltasar Gracián

      Baltasar Graci n y Morales, SJ 8 January 1601 6 December 1658 , formerly Anglicized as Baltazar Gracian, 1 was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher He was born in Belmonte, near Calatayud Arag n His proto existentialist writings were lauded by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.The son of a doctor, in his childhood Graci n lived with his uncle, who was a priest He studied at a Jesuit school in 1621 and 1623 and theology in Zaragoza He was ordained in 1627 and took his final vows in 1635.He assumed the vows of the Jesuits in 1633 and dedicated himself to teaching in various Jesuit schools He spent time in Huesca, where he befriended the local scholar Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa, who helped him achieve an important milestone in his intellectual upbringing He acquired fame as a preacher, although some of his oratorical displays, such as reading a letter sent from Hell from the pulpit, were frowned upon by his superiors He was named Rector of the Jesuit college of Tarragona and wrote works proposing models for courtly conduct such as El h roe The Hero , El pol tico The Politician , and El discreto The Discreet One During the Spanish war with Catalonia and France, he was chaplain of the army that liberated Lleida in 1646.In 1651, he published the first part of the Critic n Faultfinder without the permission of his superiors, whom he disobeyed repeatedly This attracted the Society s displeasure Ignoring the reprimands, he published the second part of Critic n in 1657, as a result was sanctioned and exiled to Graus at the beginning of 1658 Soon Graci n wrote to apply for membership in another religious order His demand was not met, but his sanction was eased off in April of 1658 he was sent to several minor positions under the College of Tarazona His physical decline prevented him from attending the provincial congregation of Calatayud and on 6 December 1658 Graci n died in Tarazona, near Zaragoza in the Kingdom of Arag n.Graci n is the most representative writer of the Spanish Baroque literary style known as Conceptismo Conceptism , of which he was the most important theoretician his Agudeza y arte de ingenio Wit and the Art of Inventiveness is at once a poetic, a rhetoric and an anthology of the conceptist style.The Aragonese village where he was born Belmonte de Calatayud , changed its name to Belmonte de Gracian in his honour.

    577 thoughts on “How to Use Your Enemies”

    1. I’ve got a new name for this book. I call it “How to be a conniving ass and manipulate people” by Baltasar Gracian.Does it sound like something you’d want to read? This was just so damn cold. I’d sooner listen to advice from my cat than this snake. This guy gives advice on how to use your friends, how to twist your friendships for personal profit, and how to be fake to the point of complete falsehood. What happened to just being yourself? What happened to individualism? Who cares how y [...]


    2. Ever wondered how to be into a manipulative and calculating asshole? If so, this is just the book for you. It's probably the nastiest piece of advice I've ever received. In How to Use Your Enemies a seventeenth-century Spanish priest sheds some light on using guile and pragmatism to succeed in a dangerous world. To be fair, Gracián's writing is still applicable today, which is surprising considering how it was written hundreds of years ago and society has definitely gone through a lot of change [...]


    3. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes This is more than a guide on How to Use Your Enemies, it is at the same time a guide on How to Use Your Friends (considering you have some left after behaving like the author suggested). It was so manipulative that it was actually an awkward read for me. It is compared to Machiavelli, and while his ideas are also very calculated, they made more sense to me as they all help to reach a certain goal. They are harsh and cold, and don't translate into mode [...]


    4. I feel like all newly sorted Slytherins should receive a copy of this. Brilliant advice from a 17th century Spanish priest, full of wit with a dash of humor.


    5. I am not a huge fan of Machiavelli, his views seemed skewed to me, but at least he was trying to understand politics. This guy is an evil version of Machiavelli. I mean Machiavelli can be considered an upfront guy when compared to Baltasar. “Don’t wish friends too much good fortune, if you don’t want to lose them,” is a thing he actually wrote. He also brings forth that people that might try to help you, are basically just stupid for doing so. I am never reading any of his works, I do no [...]


    6. "You are as much as you know, and a wise person can do anything. A person without knowledge is a world in darkness.""Some never manage to be complete; something is always missing."These little excerpts of Baltasar Gracián works were written in the 17 century but funnily, they are still relatable and often times quite true.He talks about how to behave in order to be successful, to behave in front of superiors (e.g. bosses) and how to behave with enemies. I met a lot of people in higher positions [...]


    7. This is a book to dip into when looking for some inspiration, not something to pick up and devour. It put me in mind of those god-awful motivational pictures which adorn the walls of corporations, someone's idea of a way to live life, get on with people and behave. Yawn.Not my cup of tea.


    8. This book is a stunning read; it's witty, engaging and littered with beautiful, and often calculating, quotes. It's also, amusingly, littered with contradictions: on one hand, it's a guide for any budding psychopath and on the other, a set of morals and principles. I would be keen to read another translation and, at some point, the whole text as it does seem to be quite modern and not in keeping with 17th century prose. That said, it's a beautiful piece of work.



    9. This little collection of aphorisms really does reflect its title. How to Use Your Enemies gives us advice on how to go far in life by manipulating and using others, whether superior to you or otherwise. Interestingly, Gracián explains how not only to use your enemies, but also your friends. It's incredibly calculating, and surprising in places, particularly for being written by a man of the cloth.I found it both easy and difficult to relate to all at once. Having spent the last few years of my [...]


    10. Jesus exhorted his disciples to be as harmless as doves but as wise as snakes. Spanish Jesuit priest Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) followed this teaching to the letter. A theologian known for his rousing sermons (including his coup-de-theatre - reading out a "letter from Hell), he was also the author of "El Discreto" (or "The Complete Gentleman") and "The Pocket Oracle", a collection of witty and wily maxims meant to help the reader achieve success in a perilous, less-than-perfect society. Brilli [...]


    11. I haven't read Machiavelli yet, but I expect it's a bit like this: centuries-old advice on scheming that's now of limited use to the lives most of us live. It does contain some nuggets though, like:Half the world is laughing at the other half, and all are fools. Either everything is good or everything bad, depending on people's opinions. What one pursues, another flees. Whoever wants to make their own opinion the measure of all things is an insufferable fool.Grant something as a favour before it [...]



    12. Baltasar Gracián was a 17th Century Spanish priest who wrote proto-existentialist philosophical essays and prose. This collection contains a selection of aphorisms that are akin to the Italian Machiavellian The Prince, offering advice on how to exploit your friends, your enemies, your talents and other people's flaws.The advice in this little black book is something that hasn't changed at all since it was written, and all of it is still as relevant today as it was then. It is full of contradict [...]


    13. This was a surprisingly lovely little book. I bought it on a whim because it was £1 on Prime. While it's definitely not even the best book I've read recently, it wins by miles on a value : cost ratio!It's full of lots of little self-contained chunks of advice about how to conduct yourself in society in a way that achieves your aims without compromising your virtues. Despite being written by a 17th century Spanish priest, it's surprisingly applicable. Most of the advice is good, and while I dis [...]


    14. A self-help book from 5 centuries ago when the stakes were much higher (You can live without a promotion, but in the King's court rub a prince the wrong way. execution!).It should be a must-read in schools in "Game of Thrones" World. It can decrease the dead toll considerably.


    15. This can be read as an informal handbook of leading a fulfilling life. I was surprised constantly and thoroughly enjoyed it cover to cover. You may not find yourself agreeing all the time, but it's very fun and quotable.


    16. Despite the odd contradiction here and there this little compilation contains some interesting advice for the would-be tactician. Try out a little of this advice in the workplace and you will notice something strange starts to happen!


    17. I read this book because the title seemed intriguing. It was a nice read with strategies on how you can win over your enemies. Some strategies are useful to apply in life, both personally and professionally, to ensure success in one's endeavours. I believe you can apply the strategies in areas of your life where you face constant criticism and are never appreciated or applauded for your achievements and contributions. In some instances you obviously need to be selfish and think of yourself, and [...]



    18. รวม aphorism สั้นๆ ของกราเซียน สนุกดีครับ ราคาถูกด้วย ถือว่าคุ้ม


    19. Although at times contradictory, this classic contains good insights about human nature, society and relationships."Cautious silence is the refuge of good sense." (1)"A person without knowledge is a world in darkness." (1)"It's a great thing to earn people's admiration, but more so their affection." (9)"What's well said, is quickly said." (20)"Goodwill facilitates everything and makes good all deficiencies." (22)"ow how to forget." (25)"There's no desert like a life without friends: friendship m [...]


    20. Hoe word ik een onaangenaam, onoprecht en eenzaam persoon.Aan de ene kant heeft Gracián (die begin 17e eeuw leefde) een buitengewoon scherp oog voor hoe mensen en relaties in elkaar zitten. Aan de andere kant instrueert hij je alles opzij te schuiven voor sociaal succes, zonder duidelijk te maken waarom je dat zou willen, en dan ook nog ten koste van je vriendschappen en persoonlijkheid.Ik vond het moeilijk door te komen.


    21. I read this on a short train journey up to York, and it was a light yet engaging read. The style was clear and easily understandable (something I wondered at before buying, as the prose is translated from a 17th century Spanish monk). It's also a short one - only 54 pages - but is full of amusing insights. Lots of memorable one-liners in this mini-book; 'You are as much as you know, and a wise person can do anything.'


    22. Câteva cuvinte în tradiția 48 laws of power, principele, etc. Nu toate sunt legate de aparent manelisticii dușmani, fiind vorba mai degrabă de câteva principii pragmatice de interacțiune socială.




    23. Far before his time. For a priest to write such things that are still prevalent wow. I carry my copy wherever I roam and when I have some time to think I take my pen and jot down notes on the side margins. “Some friendships are like a marriage, others like an affair; the latter are for pleasure, the former for the abundant success they engender. Few are friends because of you yourself, many of because of your good fortune. A friend's true understanding is worth more than the many good wishes o [...]


    24. "In these witty, Machiavellian aphorisms, unlikely Spanish priest Baltasar Gracián shows us how to exploit friends and enemies alike to thrive in a world of deception and illusion."On those days I was ready this in public commute, people would look at me like I'm a fucking asshole of a person, I mean, How to Use Your Enemies, right? But all I got from this is how to laugh shit off! I think it's humorous and for a person who doesn't give a shit most of the time, I consider this as positive and a [...]


    25. I don't know what to think of myself as I rate such a peculiarly titled book 5 stars. I'll just be honest. I really enjoyed the bits and pieces of advice. SomeI'd rather not remember. OthersI'll probably take to heart and keep with me forever.Baltasar Gracián, you win for author of most quotable book I've read in a long time. The amount of highlighted passages is too high. Hahaha!


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