Knowledge, Abilities and Gung Fu

The wise man does not allow his knowledge and abilities to be sounded to the bottom, if he desires to be honoured by all. He allows you to know them but not to comprehend them. No one must know the extent of his abilities, lest he be disappointed. No one ever has an opportunity of fathoming him entirely. For guesses and doubts about the extent of his talents arouse more veneration than accurate knowledge of them, be they ever so great.

In the 1600’s, Balthasar Gracian, a jesuit priest wrote 300 aphorisms on living life called “The Art of Worldly Wisdom.”

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