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The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle Hardcover – December 1, 1991
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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.
"Absolutely unique . . . a book made for constant use—a companion for life."—Arthur Schopenhauer
"Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety."—Friedrich Nietzsche --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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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).
This book lays out the way any action or reaction should be handled to your best results. Read it, not once, but as many times as the pebbles in the brook. Each reading will bring you closer to the head of the brook and eventually to the real reason for being.
(Author of Blindsided) Published in 2013 by KG Books of Alabama
James M. Copeland
The Maurer translation is more compelling than the Jacobs translation (1993). I read both and compare. Same idea, just written differently.
Great quotes for speeches.