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72 Famous Quotes by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long and wise experience.

Proverbs (general) Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote

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Inasmuch as ill-deeds spring up as a spontaneous crop, they are easy to learn. [Sp., Como el hacer mal viene de natural cosecha, facilmente se aprende el hacerle.]

Evil Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Coloquio de los Perros

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A man prepared has half fought the battle. [Sp., Hombre apercebido medio combatido.]

Progress Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (2, 7)

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The pen is the tongue of the mind. [Sp., La pluma es lengua del alma.]

Authorship Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (V, 16)

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I would do what I pleased, and doing what I pleased, I should have my will, and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of it.

Content Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. XXIII)

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Patience and shuffle the cards. [Sp., Paciencia y barajar.]

Patience Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (II, 23)

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The rather since every man is the son of his own works. [Sp., Quanto mas que cada uno es hijo de sus obras.]

Work Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (bk. I, ch. 4)

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Sancho Panza by name is my own self, if I was not changed in my cradle.

Change Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXX)

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Patience and shuffle the cards. [Sp., Paciencia y barajar.]

Cards Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (II, 23)

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One swallow alone does not make the summer. [Sp., Una golondrina sola no hace verano.]

Swallows Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, ch. XIII)

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

Birds Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. LXXIV)

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But my thoughts ran a wool-gathering; and I did like the countryman, who looked for his ass while he was mounted on his back.

Forgetfulness Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. LVII)

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Not with whom you are born, but with whom you are bred. [Sp., No con quien naces, sino con quien paces.]

Education Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (II, 10)

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Is it possible your pragmatical worship should not know that the comparisons made between wit and wit, courage and courage, beauty and beauty, birth and birth, are always odious and ill taken?

Comparisons Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. I)

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I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.

Drinking Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXXIII)

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For the army is a school in which the miser becomes generous, and the generous prodigal; miserly soldiers are like monsters, but very rarely seen.

Soldiers Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (ch. XXXIX)

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Earned with the sweat of my brows.

Work Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. I, ch. 4)

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I am almost frightened out of my seven senses.

Senses Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. III, ch. IX)

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The pitcher goes so often to the fountain (that if gets broken). [Sp., Tantas veces va el cantarillo a la fuente.]

Results Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (I, 30)

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In hell there is no retention. [Sp., Quien ha infierene nula es retencio.]

Hell Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (I, 25), Sancho Panza, misquoting the saying

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Hell is paved with priests' skulls.

Hell Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (I, 25), Sancho Panza, misquoting the saying

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Tell me thy company and I will tell thee what thou art.

Companionship Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (vol. III, pt. II, ch. XXIII), quoted in

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When you are at Rome, do as you see. [Sp., Cuando a Roma fueres, haz como vieres.]

Rome Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote

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Here is the devil-and-all to pay.

Devil Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (bk. IV, pt. I, ch. X)

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More knave than fool.

Folly Quotes, by Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) , Source: Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. IV, ch. 2)

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