Miguel de Cervantes Quotations

-Aldonza: Why do you do these things?
Don Quixote: I hope to add some measure of grace to the world.

-A closed mouth catches no flies.

-A person dishonored is worse than dead.

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

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

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

-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.

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

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

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

-Every man is as God made him, ay, and often worse.

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

-Every man is the son of his own works.

-Fair and softly goes far.

-Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.

-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 if he like a madman lived, At least he like a wise one died.

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

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

-God bears with the wicked, but not forever.

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

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

-He had a face like a blessing.

-He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.

-He preaches well that lives well.

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

-Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.

-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.

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

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

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

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

-Jests that give pains are no jests.

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

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

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

-Man appoints, and God disappoints.

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

-No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.

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

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

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

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

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

-Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.

-Take care, your worship, those things over there are not giants but windmills.

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

-That which costs little is less valued.

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

-The eyes those silent tongues of love.

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

-The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.

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

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

-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.

-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.

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

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

-There’s no taking trout with dry breeches.

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

-Thou hast seen nothing yet.

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

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

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

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

-To be prepared is half the victory.

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

-True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.

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

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

-Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.

-Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.

-Virtue is the truest nobility.

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

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

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

-Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long.
Miguel de Cervantes