The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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by Baltasar Gracián

The remarkable best-seller -- a long-lost, 300-year-old book of wisdom on how to live successfully yet responsibly in a society governed by self-interest -- as acute as Machiavelli yet as humanistic and scrupulously moral as Marcus Aurelius.

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Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it.

— Baltasar Gracián, The Art of Worldly Wisdom