Quotes by Miguel De Cervantes

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (September 29, 1547 April 23, 1616), was a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright. He is best known for his novel Don Quijote de la Mancha, which is considered by many to be the first modern novel, one of the greatest works in Western literature, and the greatest of the Spanish language. It is one of the Encyclopedia Britannica's "Great Books of the Western World" and the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky called it "the ultimate and most sublime word of human thinking". Israel Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion learned the Spanish language so that he could read it in the original, considering it a prerequisite to becoming an effective statesman.

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The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.

Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.
Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
The eyes those silent tongues of love.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Absence -- that common cure of love.
The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
One who has not only the four S's, which are required in every good lover, but even the whole alphabet; as for example... Agreeable, Bountiful, Constant, Dutiful, Easy, Faithful, Gallant, Honorable, Ingenious, Kind, Loyal, Mild, Noble, Officious, Prudent, Quiet, Rich, Secret, True, Valiant, Wise; the X indeed, is too harsh a letter to agree with him, but he is Young and Zealous.
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
To be prepared is half the victory.
No man is more than another unless he does more than another.
A person dishonored is worst than dead.
If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne.
There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
Well, now there's a remedy for everything except death.
For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.
Jests that give pains are no jests.
Everyone is as God made him, and often a great deal worse.
You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.
For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.
Among the attributes of God, although they are equal, mercy shines with even more brilliance than justice.
A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him.
Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed on man; with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and, on for the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man.
Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
Nor has his death the world deceiv'd than his wondrous life surprise d; if he like a madman liv'd least he like a wise one dy'd.
There's no taking trout with dry breeches.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.
Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.
Mere flimflam stories, and nothing but shams and lies.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
That which costs little is less valued.
She fights and vanquishes in me, and I live and breathe in her, and I have life and being.
Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.
And for the citation of so many authors, 'tis the easiest thing in nature. Find out one of these books with an alphabetical index, and without any farther ceremony, remove it verbatim into your own... there are fools enough to be thus drawn into an opinion of the work; at least, such a flourishing train of attendants will give your book a fashionable air, and recommend it for sale.
A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity.
Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

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