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Cervantes Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Cervantes

Please enjoy these Cervantes Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Tell me what company thou keepst,
and I'll tell thee what thou art.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Related topics: Wisdom

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

Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away;
A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country.
- George Byron

I should be very willing to redress men wrongs,
and rather check than punish crimes,
had not Cervantes,
in that all too true tale of Quixote,
shown how all such efforts fail.
- Lord Byron

 

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship
and yet produced good novels;
for instance,
Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
- Miguel de Cervantes

The best thing on translation was said by Cervantes:
translation is the other side of a tapestry.
- Leonardo Sciascia

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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

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

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.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Our hours in love have wings; in absence,
crutches.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

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

True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

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.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Thou hast seen nothing yet.
- Miguel de Cervantes

To be prepared is half the victory.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
- Miguel de Cervantes

God bears with the wicked, but not forever.
- Miguel de Cervantes

It is one thing to praise discipline,
and another to submit to it.
- Miguel de Cervantes

He had a face like a blessing.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

That which costs little is less valued.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Jests that give pains are no jests.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Every man is the son of his own works.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

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.
- Miguel de Cervantes

He preaches well that lives well.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

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

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

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

Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret,
nor observes a promise.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Fair and softly goes far.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
- Miguel de Cervantes

A person dishonored is worst than dead.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
- Miguel de Cervantes

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

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.
- Miguel de Cervantes

In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same
kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain,
Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England.
His glory is more than national - it is universal.
- Lytton Strachey

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Pray look better, Sir...
those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
- Miguel de Cervantes

The eyes those silent tongues of love.
- Miguel de Cervantes

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
- Miguel de Cervantes

There's no taking trout with dry breeches.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat,
are within.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
- Miguel de Cervantes

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering
is worse than the suffering itself.
- Paulo Coelho

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth
or burn down your house, you can never tell.
- Joan Crawford

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

What is a friend? I will tell you ...
it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
- Frank Crane

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is a great confidence in a friend
to tell him your faults;
greater to tell him his.
- Benjamin Franklin

If I mayn't tell you what I feel,
what is the use of a friend?
- William Makepeace Thackeray


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