The son of a doctor, Baltasar Gracián y Morales, better know as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit philosopher. He wrote prose with stunning precious and was praised by philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.
Actually, Nietzsche added the following comment to one of Gracián's books, Oráculo, "Europe has never produced anything finer or more complicated in matters of moral subtlety."
There is an avalanche of ideas storming from his works but we are going to look at the following today:
Big Idea: Make Haste Slowly
While "fools are fond of hurry". They never stop to consider the consequences. Intelligent people are not so different.
Baltasar Gracián writes, "Fools stop at nothing, the wise at everything."
Your smartness won't do you any good if you do nothing with your skills. If you spot an opportunity but do nothing about it, you won't be any better than the fool.
Gracián continues: "Readiness is the mother of luck. It is a great deed to leave nothing for the morrow. A lofty motto: make haste slowly."