George Andersen

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12 November
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Nobility of Feeling

Cover of the book “The Art of Worldly Wisdom” sold by Amazon.

In the aphorism 131 included in his book “The Art of Worldly Wisdom”, Baltasar Gracian advises us to be noble in our feelings towards others.

“Nobility of Feeling

There is a certain distinction of the soul, a highmindedness prompting to gallant acts, that gives an air of grace to the whole character.  It is not found often, for it presupposes great magnanimity.  Its chief characteristic is to speak well of an enemy, and to act even better towards him.  It shines brightest when a chance comes of revenge; not alone does it let the occasion pass, but it improves it by using a complete victory in order to display unexpected generosity.  It is a fine stroke of policy, nay, the very acme of statecraft.  It makes no pretence to victory, for it pretends to nothing, and while obtaining its deserts it conceals its merits.”