Miguel de Cervantes - Quotes

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Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds. ---->>>

To be prepared is half the victory. ---->>>

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ---->>>

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be. ---->>>

A closed mouth catches no flies. ---->>>

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes. ---->>>

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.

Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish. ---->>>

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.

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.

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.

Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.

That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.

The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application. ---->>>

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory. ---->>>

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.

Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.

Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.

From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment. ---->>>

Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within. ---->>>

Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art. ---->>>

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.

Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other. ---->>>

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.

The eyes those silent tongues of love. ---->>>

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. ---->>>

God bears with the wicked, but not forever.

God bears with the wicked, but not forever.

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise. ---->>>

Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes. ---->>>

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.

He had a face like a blessing. ---->>>

That which costs little is less valued. ---->>>

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water. ---->>>

Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise. ---->>>

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. ---->>>

To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope. ---->>>

Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.

Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.

There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots. ---->>>

It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow. ---->>>

Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other. ---->>>

Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune. ---->>>

I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea. ---->>>

Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills. ---->>>

There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair. ---->>>

Thou hast seen nothing yet. ---->>>

Jests that give pains are no jests. ---->>>

There's no taking trout with dry breeches. ---->>>

True valor lies between cowardice and rashness. ---->>>

Virtue is the truest nobility. ---->>>

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome. ---->>>

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable. ---->>>

The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation. ---->>>

There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it. ---->>>

Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water. ---->>>

Every man is the son of his own works. ---->>>

When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive. ---->>>

Fair and softly goes far. ---->>>

He preaches well that lives well. ---->>>

A person dishonored is worst than dead. ---->>>

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part. ---->>>

A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency. ---->>>

Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse. ---->>>

Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason. ---->>>

Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world. ---->>>

No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve. ---->>>

There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war. ---->>>

'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged. ---->>>

Man appoints, and God disappoints. ---->>>

One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves. ---->>>

Tis a dainty thing to command, though twere but a flock of sheep. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Spanish
Born: September 29, 1547
Birthplace:
Die: April 23, 1616
Occupation: Novelist
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra ( or ; Spanish: [miˈɣel de θerˈβantes saˈβeðɾa]; 29 September 1547 (assumed) – 22 April 1616) was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. His major work, Don Quixote, is considered the first modern novel, a classic of Western literature, and is regarded among the best works of fiction ever written (wikipedia)