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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.
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Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658).
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February 14, 2016
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...
August 19, 2016
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...
December 03, 2016
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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 awk...
February 14, 2016
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...
August 08, 2015
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.
July 15, 2017
"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...
September 29, 2016
Well.. what a fine, useful book.
November 13, 2015
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...
April 30, 2017
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 aut...
December 16, 2015
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...