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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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
The greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.
A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.
Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'Tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing that I dislike in sleep; 'Tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
One shouldn't talk of halters in the hanged man's house.
Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously removes or at least alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.
My grandma (rest her soul) used to say, There were but two families in the world, have-much and have-little.
Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
Thou camest out of thy mother's belly without government, thou hast liv'd hitherto without government, and thou mayst be carried to thy long home without government, when it shall please the Lord. How many people in this world live without government, yet do well enough, and are well look'd upon?
Though God's attributes are equal, yet his mercy is more attractive and pleasing in our eyes than his justice.
Man appoints, and God disappoints.
By the street of by-and-by, one arrives at the house of never.
He had a face like a blessing.
No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.
Death eats up all things, both the young lamb and old sheep; and I have heard our parson say, death values a prince no more than a clown; all's fish that comes to his net; he throws at all, and sweeps stakes; he's no mower that takes a nap at noon-day, but drives on, fair weather or foul, and cuts down the green grass as well as the ripe corn: he's neither squeamish nor queesy-stomach d, for he swallows without chewing, and crams down all things into his ungracious maw; and you can see no belly he has, he has a confounded dropsy, and thirsts after men's lives, which he gurgles down like mother's milk.
Tis the maddest trick a man can ever play in his whole life, to let his breath sneak out of his body without any more ado, and without so much as a rap o'er the pate, or a kick of the guts; to go out like the snuff of a farthing candle, and die merely of the mulligrubs, or the sullens.
The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.
God bears with the wicked, but not forever.
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.
Every man is the son of his own works.
The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.

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