Happy Holidays, Steven! Balthasar Gracián was born the son of a doctor, and then grew up to become a Jesuit priest. In his time, he was a well respected, yet controversial, author. He was respected for the sound content of his writings and speeches, as well as for his talent. He was controversial because he was revolutionary, his messages not always in keeping with the fashions of the time or the powers that be. No matter the case, The Art Of Wordly Wisdom
survives to this day as a collections of maxims that contain advice, wisdom, and knowledge to anyone that is ready for it.
Philosophy moves the world, and a proper understanding and definition of your own personal philosophy can only increase your sense of happiness. There are many different ideas that approach the study of philosophy, but I will share with you one of my favorite sites