Gracian on Learning

I dusted off the cover of a book I bought many years ago, and found some words of wisdom. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) to be exact. I found several that relate to informal learning in organisations.

Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than through grave teaching.

The wisdom passed along in conversation has meant more to some than the seven arts, no matter how liberal.

Much of our lives is spent gathering information. We see few things for ourselves, and live trusting others.

A shortcut to becoming a true person: put the right people beside you.

Nothing bewitches like service to others, and the best way to win friends is to act like one. The most and best we have depends on others.

The art of conversation is the measure of a true person. No human activity calls for so much discretion, for none is more common. It is here that we win or lose.


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