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Quotes of the day: Miguel de Cervantes

Published Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 7:55 PM EDT
Sep 28 2014

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (September 29, 1547 - April 22, 1616) often known mononymously as Cervantes, was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes ("the language of Cervantes"). He was dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios ("The Prince of Wits"). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.

Can we ever have too much of a good thing?

Delay always breeds danger.

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

Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things underground, and much more in the skies.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.

Honesty is the best policy, I will stick to that.

I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.

I say patience, and shuffle the cards.

If the pitcher hits the stone, or the stone hits the pitcher, it's a bad business for the pitcher.

Ill luck, you know, seldom comes alone.

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

In the night all cats are grey.

It is good to live and learn.

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

It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.

Jests that give pains are no jests.

Let every man mind his own business.

Let us make hay while the sun shines.

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

Many count their chickens before they are hatched; and where they expect bacon, meet with broken bones.

Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.

Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.

Rome was not built in a day.

The best sauce in the world is hunger.

The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.

The pot calls the kettle black.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

The worst reconciliation is better than the best divorce.

There is a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us out flat some time or other.

There were but two families in the world, the Haves and the Have- Nots.

There's not the least thing can be said or done, but people will talk and find fault.

Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched.

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

Until death, it is all life.

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