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The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle Hardcover – December 1, 1991
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From Library Journal
Maurer retranslates a 17th-century Jesuit's aphorisms and reflections on the morality of success. This long-admired work sounds surprisingly relevant today. It also combines brevity and grace of expression with wise advice, which should appeal to those seeking "how-to" spirituality which is universal, practical, and applicable in business. Recommended for public libraries.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Spanish
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These aphorisms cover an enormous amount of subject areas. The following are just a small sample of the topics covered: Mind and spirit, nature and art, fortune and fame, accomplish your ends, the art of being lucky, be gracious, think, never exaggerate, be shrewd, but not too shrewd, have strength of spirit, never lose your head, work with good tools, know how to refuse, generous in action, the art of living well, attain, and maintain a reputation, deal solely with men of honor, never talk about yourself, and many other bits of great advice.
If you are a seeker of knowledge and bits of wisdom from the ancient masters, you may want to check out this book. Even though the writing style is not always clear (could be because of the translation) or easy to understand: nevertheless, this is still an excellent book to read. Some of the bits of wisdom are a pure joy to read.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku).
one thing to note is that this book is really old so the language can be hard for the modern reader to understand
The Jacobs translation beats all others I have seen, and inclusion of his note to Mrs. Lewis restores an important light on the text.
The only thing Kindle doesn't provide is the exquisite physical feel of the 1936 "vade mecum" edition that helped guide my life for over fifty years.