The Art of Worldly Wisdom

The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Spanish: Oráculo Manual y Arte de Prudencia) is a book written in 1647 by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better known as Baltasar Gracian. It is a collection of 300 maxims, each with a commentary, on various topics giving advice and guidance on how to live fully, advance socially, and be a better person, that became popular throughout Europe.

Title page of The Art of Worldly Wisdom

It was translated by Joseph Jacobs (London and New York City, Macmillan and co., 1892.[1] Other editions are also available from:

  • Nayika, 2009, ISBN 978-0-955-95831-1; edited with a light commentary/footnotes
  • Shambhala Publications, 2004, ISBN 1-59030141-2
  • Christopher Maurer (Doubleday) 1992
  • Dover Publications, 2005, ISBN 0-48644034-6
  • Google Books as a free digital edition via partnership with Princeton University Library


  1. ^ See Gracian, Balthasar (1892). The Art of Worldly Wisdom (1 ed.). London: Macmillan. Retrieved 18 October 2015. via Internet Archive

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