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#1. I do not insist," answered Don Quixote, "that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#2. Gaby wasn't having much luck with cats lately. The stray from yesterday had left her with red welts and a bad dream, and Lemon had just tried to eat her hair. - Author: Angela Cervantes
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#3. Once a woman parts with her virtue, she loses the esteem even of the man whose vows and tears won her to abandon it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#4. Leap out of the frying pan into the fire. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#5. Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#6. The foolish sayings of the rich pass for wise saws in society. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#7. Kenji Mizoguchi is to the cinema what Bach is to music, Cervantes is to literature, Shakespeare is to theatre, Titian is to painting: the very greatest. - Author: Jean Douchet
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#8. Where envy reigns virtue can't exist, and generosity doesn't go with meanness. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#9. Senor, a large river separated two districts of one and the same lordship - will your worship please to pay attention, for the case is an important and a rather knotty one? Well then, on this river there was a bridge, and at one end of it a gallows, and a sort of tribunal, where four judges commonly sat to administer the law which the lord of river, bridge and the lordship had enacted, and which was to this effect, 'If anyone crosses by this bridge from one side to the other he shall declare on oath where he is going to and with what object; and if he swears truly, he shall be allowed to pass, but if falsely, he shall be put to death for it by hanging on the gallows erected there, without any remission.' Though the law and its severe penalty were known, many persons crossed, but in their declarations it was easy to see at once they were telling the truth, and the judges let them pass free. It happened, however, that one man, when they came to take his declaration, swore and said that by the oath he took he was going to die upon that gallows that stood there, and nothing else. The judges held a consultation over the oath, and they said, 'If we let this man pass free he has sworn falsely, and by the law he ought to die; but if we hang him, as he swore he was going to die on that gallows, and therefore swore the truth, by the same law he ought to go free.' It is asked of your worship, senor governor, what are the judges to do with this man? For they are still in doubt and perple - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#10. And the first thing I have got to say is, that for my own part I hold my master Don Quixote to be stark mad, though sometimes he says things that, to my mind, and indeed everybody's that listens to him, are so wise, and run in such a straight furrow, that Satan himself could not have said them better; but for all that, really, and beyond all question, it's my firm belief he is cracked. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#11. Whoever is ignorant is vulgar. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#12. Whoever undertakes a long journey, if he be wise, makes it his business to find out an agreeable companion. How cautious then should he be, who is to take a journey for life, whose fellow-traveler must not part with him but at the grave; his companion at bed and board and sharer of all the pleasures and fatigues of his journey, as the wife must be to the husband! She is no such sort of ware, that a man can be rid of when he pleases: when once that is purchased, no exchange, no sale, no alienation can be made. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#13. Poesy is a beauteous damsel, chaste, honourable, discreet, witty, retired, and who keeps herself within the limits of propriety. She is a friend of solitude; fountains entertain her, meadows console her, woods free her from ennui, flowers delight her; in short, she gives pleasure and instruction to all with whom she communicates. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#14. The village to sell (saving your presence) four pigs, and between dues and cribbings they got out of me little less than the worth of them. As - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#15. the best of Cervantes is untranslatable, and this undeniable fact is in itself an incentive [for one and all] to learn Spanish. - Author: Aubrey F.G. Bell
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#16. The poor gentleman has no way of showing that he is a gentleman but by virtue, by being affable, well-bred, courteous, gentle-mannered, and kindly, not haughty, arrogant, or censorious, but above all by being charitable; for by two maravedis given with a cheerful heart to the poor, he will show himself as generous as he who distributes alms with bell-ringing, and no one that perceives him to be endowed with the virtues I have named, even though he know him not, will fail to recognise and set him down as one of good blood; and it would be strange were it not so; praise has ever been the reward of virtue, and those who are virtuous cannot fail to receive commendation. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#17. There are but few proverbial sayings that are not true, for they are all drawn from experience itself, which is the mother of all sciences. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#18. A knowledge of thyself will preserve thee from vanity. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#19. A king's crumb is worth more than a lord's loaf." 'This - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#20. Though Gods attributes are equal, yet his mercy is more attractive and pleasing in our eyes than his justice. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#21. At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire, "Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and it is God's good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of the earth." "What giants?" said Sancho Panza. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#22. After the gratifications of brutish appetites are past, the greatest pleasure then is to get rid of that which entertained it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#23. In short, virtue cannot live where envy reigns, nor liberality subsist with niggardliness. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#24. In short, to sum up all in a few words, or in a single one, I may tell you I am Don Quixote of La Mancha, otherwise called 'The Knight of the Rueful Countenance;' for though self-praise is degrading, I must perforce sound my own sometimes, that is to say, when there is no one at hand to do it for me. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#25. Many people go looking for wool and come back shorn. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#26. He who sings frightens away his ills. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#27. Can there be hope where fear is? Were it well,
When far more certain are the grounds of fear?
Ought I to shut mine eyes to jealousy,
If through a thousand heart-wounds it appears? - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#28. Also saw that the number of simpleminded men is greater than that of the prudent, and though it is better to be praised by a few wise men and mocked by many fools, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#29. The road to the inn is much better than the stay. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#30. This is a fault incident to all those who presume to translate books of verse into another language. For, however much care they take and however much ability they employ, they can never equal the quality of the original. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#31. The beauty of some women has days and seasons, depending upon accidents which diminish or increase it; nay, the very passions of the mind naturally improve or impair it, and very often utterly destroy it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#32. When one door is shut, another opens. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#33. When we leave this world, and are laid in the earth, the prince walks as narrow a path as the day-laborer. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#34. When we are asleep, we are all equal. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#35. Scholarship without virtue is like pearls pearls - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#36. He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#37. Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it goes ill with the pitcher. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#38. The praise of the wise few is more important than the mockery of the foolish many, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#39. Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#40. How is it possible that things so trivial and so easy to remedy can have the power to perplex and absorb an intelligence as mature as yours, and one so ready to demolish and pass over much greater difficulties? - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#41. We ought to love our Maker for His own sake, without either hope of good or fear of pain. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#42. Ye love-smitten host, know that to Dulcinea only I am dough and sugar-paste, flint to all others; for her I am honey, for you aloes. For - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#43. Thou knowest that my voice is sweet, That is if thou dost hear; And I am moulded in a form Somewhat below the mean. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#44. Fear has many eyes and can see things underground. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#45. Great hearts, my dear master, should be patient in misfortune as well as joyful in prosperity. And this I judge from myself. For if I was merry when I was Governor now that I'm a squire on foot I'm not sad, for I've heard tell that Fortune, as they call her, is a drunken and capricious woman and, worse still, blind; and so she doesn't see what she's doing, and doesn't know whom she is casting down or raising up. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#46. He is most blessed who loves the most, the freest who is most enslaved by love, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#47. I must speak the truth, and nothing but the truth. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#48. I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#49. The slight, the facile and the merely self-glorifying tend to drop away over the centuries, and what we are left with is the bedrock: Homer and Milton, the Greek tragedian and Shakespeare, Chaucer and Cervantes and Swift, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and James and Conrad. Time does not make their voices fainter, on the contrary, it reinforces our sense of their truth-telling capacity. - Author: Wendy Lesser
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#50. Lovers are commonly industrious to make themselves uneasy. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#51. Blessed be he who invented sleep, a cloak that covers all a man's thoughts. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#52. If all, or almost all, the plays that are popular now, imaginative works as well as historical ones, are known to be nonsense and without rhyme or reason, and despite this the mob hears them with pleasure and thinks of them and approves of them as good, when they are very far from being so, and the authors who compose them and the actors who perform them say they must be like this because that is just how the mob wants them, and no other way; the plays that have a design and follow the story as art demands appeal to a handful of discerning persons who understand them, while everyone else is incapable of comprehending their artistry; and since, as far as the authors and actors are concerned, it is better to earn a living with the crowd than a reputation with the elite, this is what would happen to my book after I had singed my eyebrows trying to keep the precepts I have mentioned and had become the tailor who wasn't paid. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#53. At the emergence of the modern novel with Rabelais and Cervantes, all kinds of things were possible in a long-form prose work. Within a couple of hundred years, most of those possibilities were abandoned in favor of a text that efficiently transmitted sentiments. - Author: Teju Cole
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#54. Wit and humor do not reside in slow minds. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#55. The wounds received in battle bestow honor, they do not take it away ... - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#56. Until death it is all life - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#57. Secondly, thou must keep in view what thou art, striving to know thyself, the - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#58. Too much sanity may be madness. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#59. Pray look better, Sir ... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#60. Heaven's help is better than early rising. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#61. History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#62. Although this is poetic fiction, it contains hidden moral truths worthy of being heeded and understood and imitated, ... - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#63. The little birds have God for their caterer. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#64. I swear to hold my tongue about it till the end of your worship's days, and God grant I may be able to let it out tomorrow - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#65. Believe there are no limits but the sky. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#66. Lifting up his hand to her, he said, Here, madam, take the hand, or rather, as I may say, the executioner of all earthy miscreants-take, I say, that hand which never woman touched before; no, not even she herself who has entire possession of my whole body; nor do I hold it up to you that you may kiss it, but that you may observe the contexture of the sinews, the ligament of the muscles, and the largeness and dilation of the veins; whence you may conclude how strong that arm must be to which such a hand is joined. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#67. As ill-luck would have it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#68. Every man is the child of his own deeds - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#69. One swallow alone does not make a summer. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#70. Since then the romances of chivalry had been superseded by the flowering of literature that we know as the Spanish Golden Age, and by Cervantes's time nobody considered them to be a threat any more. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#71. But one of shallow wit, somewhat like a saltshaker with very little salt. In - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#72. He who's down one day can be up the next, unless he really wants to stay in bed, that is ... - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#73. Seated on his horse, resting in his stirrups and leaning on the end of his lance, filled with sad and troubled forebodings; - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#74. Arms are my ornaments, warfare my repose. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#75. To dream the impossible dream, that is my quest. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#76. It seems to me a hard case to make slaves of those whom God and nature have made free. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#77. By the streets of 'by and by,' one arrives at the house of 'never'. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#78. He'd just fallen off a rock and got a little bit spifflicated in the ribs. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#79. The book depicts thoughts, unveils imaginings, answers unspoken questions, clarifies doubts, resolves arguments, and finally reveals the very atoms of the most curiosity-driven desire. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#80. Laws that only threaten, and are not kept, become like the log that was given to the frogs to be their king, which they feared at first, but soon scorned and trampled on. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#81. There is no love lost between us. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#82. Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#83. Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#84. It is never my custom to plunder those I over come. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#85. There is a time for some things, and a time for all things; a time for great things, and a time for small things. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#86. Whether it's the pot that hits the rock or the rock that hits the pot , it's the pot that will break every time - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#87. Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#88. Cervantes told me history is the mother of truth.
Borges told me historical truth is not what took place; it is what we think took place.
So Billy Shakespeare was queer.
Ronnie was the greatest president in history, right up there on Mount Rushmore.
AIDS is mankind's greatest plague.
Israel only kills terrorists.
America never bombed Lebanon.
Jesus was straight. Juda and he were just friends.
Roseanne's parents molested her as an infant.
Menachem Begin and Yasser Arafat deserved their Nobels.
And Gaetan Dugas started the AIDS epidemic. - Author: Rabih Alameddine
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#89. In the worst of circumstances, the hypocrite who pretends to be good does less harm than the public sinner. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#90. There is no book so bad ... that it does not have something good in it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#91. Nay, what is even worse, he may become a poet, which they say is an incurable and infectious disease." "This - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#92. I am not in the habit', said Don Quixote, 'of despoiling those whom I vanquish, nor is it a custom of chivalry to take their horses and leave them on foot, unless the victor has lost his own horse in the fray, in which case it is legitimate to take the defeated knight's horse, as a prize won in lawful war. And so, Sancho, leave that horse, or donkey, or whatever you want to call it, for as soon as its master sees that we have gone he will return for it.'
God knows I'd love to take it', replied Sancho, 'or at least swap it for mine, because I don't think mine's such a good one. These laws of chivalry are really strict, if they won't even stretch to letting you swap one donkey for another - could you please tell me if I can at least swap the tackle?'
I am not very clear about that', replied Don Quixote, 'and as it is a doubtful case, I should say that until I am better informed you can swap it, if your need is very great.'
It's so great', said Sancho, 'that if I'd wanted the tackle to wear it myself I couldn't have needed it more.'
And, now that he'd been granted official permission, he performed his mutatio capparum and refurbished his donkey. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#93. The reason of the unreasonableness which against my reason is wrought, doth so weaken my reason, as with all reason I do justly complain on your beauty. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#94. And many folks think there's bacon when there's not even a hook to hang it on. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#95. 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. - Author: Lord Byron
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#96. A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#97. Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#98. But our depraved age does not deserve to enjoy such a blessing as those ages enjoyed when knights-errant took upon their shoulders the defence of kingdoms, the protection of damsels, the succour of orphans and minors, the chastisement of the proud, and the recompense of the humble. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#99. With these meager scraps of Latin and the like, you may perhaps be taken for a scholar, which is honorable and profitable these days. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#100. Wine taken in moderation never does any harm. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#101. By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#102. Folly is
so human that it has common roots with poetry and tragedy; it is
revealed as much in the insane asylum as in the writings of a
Cervantes or a Shakespeare, or in the deep psychological insights
and cries of revolt of a Nietzsche. - Author: Richard Howard
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#103. The Panza is here," said Sancho, before anyone could reply, "and Don Quixotissimus too; and so, most distressedest Duenissima, you may say what you willissimus, for we are all readissimus to do you any servissimus. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#104. Animales depend on us to take care of them. - Author: Angela Cervantes
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#105. Thy enterprises speed, Didst thou the light mid Libya's sands Or Jaca's rocks first see? - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#106. In a village of La Mancha, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#107. I do not believe that the Good Lord plays dice. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#108. If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#109. You should know, Sancho, that a man is not worth more than any other if he does not do more than any other. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#110. The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the sum of his own works. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#111. Beware, gentle knight - the greatest monster of them all is reason. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#112. Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#113. 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. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#114. The guts carry the feet, not the feet the guts. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#115. The wicked are always ungrateful. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#116. [W]omen are born with the obligation to obey their husbands even if they're fools. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#117. Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#118. I want you to see me naked and performing one or two dozen mad acts, which will take me less than half an hour, because if you have seen them with your own eyes, you can safely swear to any others you might wish to add. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#119. Oh Senor" said the niece. "Your grace should send them to be burned (books), just like all the rest, because it's very likely that my dear uncle, having been cured of the chivalric disease, will read these and want to become a shepherd and wander through the woods and meadows singing and playing and, what would be even worse, become a poet, and that, they say, is an incurable and contagious disease. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#120. To be prepared is half the victory. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#121. We know already ample experience that it does not require much cleverness or much learning to be a governor, for there are a hundred round about us that scarcely know how to read. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#122. Ah, senor!" said the niece, "your worship had better order these to be burned as well as the others; for it would be no wonder if, after being cured of his chivalry disorder, my uncle, by reading these, took a fancy to turn shepherd and range the woods and fields singing and piping; or, what would be still worse, to turn poet, which they say is an incurable and infectious malady. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#123. Laughter distances us from that which is ugly and therefore potentially distressing, and indeed enables us to obtain paradoxical pleasure and therapeutic benefit from it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#124. There is something frightful in being required to enjoy and appreciate all masterpieces; to read with equal relish Milton, and Dante, and Calderon, and Goethe, and Homer, and Scott, and Voltaire, and Wordsworth, and Cervantes, and Molière, and Swift. - Author: Agnes Repplier
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#125. The journey is better than the inn". - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#126. Cunning cheats itself wholly, and other people partially. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#127. Don't you be worried or annoyed, Sancho, about any comments you hear, or there will never be an end to them. Keep a safe conscience and let people say what they like: trying to still gossips' tongues is like putting up doors in open fields. If the governor leaves office rich they say he's a thief, and if he leaves it poor they say he's a milksop and a fool. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#128. In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#129. God who gives the wound gives the salve. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#130. 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. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#131. There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#132. All the vices, Sancho, bring some kind of pleasure with them; but envy brings nothing but irritation, bitterness, and rage. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#133. Historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced; and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should make them swerve from the way of truth. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#134. ( ... ) and it will be easier, remember, to bend thy will to love one who adores thee, than to lead one to love thee who abhors thee now. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#135. Men of great talents, whether poets or historians, seldom escape the attacks of those who, without ever favoring the world with any production of their own, take delight in criticising the works of others. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#136. A knight errant who turns mad for a reason deserves neither merit nor thanks. The thing is to do it without cause - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#137. Take away the motive, and you take away the sin. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#138. Three things too much, and three too little are pernicious to man; to speak much, and know little; to spend much, and have little; to presume much, and be worth little. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#139. In the shadow of feigned cripples and false wounds come the strong arms of thieves and very healthy drunkards. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#140. With the motto "do what you will," Rabelais gave himself permission to do anything he damn well pleased with the language and the form of the novel; as a result, every author of an innovative novel mixing literary forms and genres in an extravagant style is indebted to Rabelais, directly or indirectly. Out of his codpiece came Aneau's Alector, Nashe's Unfortunate Traveller, López de Úbeda's Justina, Cervantes' Don Quixote, Béroalde de Verville's Fantastic Tales, Sorel's Francion, Burton's Anatomy, Swift's Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's Travels, Fielding's Tom Jones, Amory's John Buncle, Sterne's Tristram Shandy, the novels of Diderot and maybe Voltaire (a late convert), Smollett's Adventures of an Atom, Hoffmann's Tomcat Murr, Hugo's Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Southey's Doctor, Melville's Moby-Dick, Flaubert's Temptation of Saint Anthony and Bouvard and Pecuchet, Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Frederick Rolfe's ornate novels, Bely's Petersburg, Joyce's Ulysses, Witkiewicz's Polish jokes, Flann O'Brien's Irish farces, Philip Wylie's Finnley Wren, Patchen's tender novels, Burroughs's and Kerouac's mad ones, Nabokov's later works, Schmidt's fiction, the novels of Durrell, Burgess (especially A Clockwork Orange and Earthly Powers), Gaddis and Pynchon, Barth, Coover, Sorrentino, Reed's Mumbo Jumbo, Brossard's later works, the masterpieces of Latin American magic realism (Paradiso, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Three Trapped Tigers, I the Supreme, Avalovara, Terra Nostra, Palin - Author: Steven Moore
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#141. No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#142. That is the nature of women," said Don Quixote. "They reject the man who loves them and love the man who despises them. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#143. Get out of harms way. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#144. for a knight-errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit, or a body without a soul. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#145. What man can pretend to know the riddle of a woman's mind? - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#146. He had a face like a blessing. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#147. Men have to have friends even in hell. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#148. When he was seventy-four years old the Cretan novelist Nikos Kazantzakis began a book. He called it Report to Greco... Kazantzakis thought of himself as a soldier reporting to his commanding officer on a mortal mission - his life. ...

Well, there is only one Report to Greco, but no true book... was ever anything else than a report. ... A true book is a report upon the mystery of existence... it speaks of the world, of our life in the world. Everything we have in the books on which our libraries are founded - Euclid's figures, Leonardo's notes, Newton's explanations, Cervantes' myth, Sappho's broken songs, the vast surge of Homer - everything is a report of one kind or another and the sum of all of them together is our little knowledge of our world and of ourselves. Call a book Das Kapital or The Voyage of the Beagle or Theory of Relativity or Alice in Wonderland or Moby-Dick, it is still what Kazantzakis called his book - it is still a "report" upon the "mystery of things."

But if this is what a book is... then a library is an extraordinary thing. ...

The existence of a library is, in itself, an assertion. ... It asserts that... all these different and dissimilar reports, these bits and pieces of experience, manuscripts in bottles, messages from long before, from deep within, from miles beyond, belonged together and might, if understood together, spell out the meaning which the mystery implies. ...

The library, almost alone of the g - Author: Archibald MacLeish
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#149. Another thing to strive for: reading your history should move the melancholy to laughter, increase the joy of the cheerful, not irritate the simple, fill the clever with admiration for its invention, not give the serious reason to scorn it, and allow the prudent to praise it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#150. If you start thinking about the kids being born now, for them the computer is ancient history. So one imagines that when children think of it as the only place to be, because there isn't anywhere else, then the geniuses of those generations will find their way into doing something that is impressive and as good as a Shakespeare or a Cervantes. But nowadays, we can't see that. We're not close enough to it yet. - Author: Robert Coover
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#151. Love not what you are but only what you may become. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#152. We are the puppyrazzi! - Author: Angela Cervantes
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#153. Honesty's the best policy. - Miguel de Cervantes Liars prosper. - Anonymous - Author: Stephen King
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#154. Remember that there are two kinds of beauty: one of the soul and the other of the body. That of the soul displays its radiance in intelligence, in chastity, in good conduct, in generosity, and in good breeding, and all these qualities may exist in an ugly man. And when we focus our attention upon that beauty, not upon the physical, love generally arises with great violence and intensity. I am well aware that I am not handsome, but I also know that I am not deformed, and it is enough for a man of worth not to be a monster for him to be dearly loved, provided he has those spiritual endowments I have spoken of. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#155. Make yourself honey and the flies will devour you. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#156. It is the privilege and charm of beauty to win the heart and secure good-will, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#157. The man who fights for his ideals is the man who is alive. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#158. Roque ... lined his men up and had them produce all the clothing, jewels, money, and other objects that they had stolen since the last time they had divided the spoils. Having made a hasty appraisal and reduced to terms of money those items that could not be divided, he split the whole into shares with such equity and exactitude that in not a single instance did he go beyond or fall short of a strict distributive justice. They were all well satisfied with the payment received, indeed they were quite well pleased; and Roque then turned to Don Quixote. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#159. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#160. Let his sin be his punishment, let him eat it with his bread, and let that be an end to it. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#161. And letting out thirty groans and sixty sighs and one hundred and twenty curses on the head of the person who'd brought him there, he hauled himself to his feet, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#162. I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#163. ( ... ) rest content and satisfied that as you are caught in the noose of love it is one of worth and merit that has taken you, and one that has not only the the four S's that they say true lovers ought to have, but a complete alphabet; only listen to me and you will see how I can repeat it by rote. He is to my eyes and thinking, Amiable, Brave, Courteous, Distinguished, Elegant, Fond, Gay, Honorable, Illustrious, Loyal, Manly, Noble, Open, Polite, Quickwitted, Rich, and the S's according to the saying, and then Tender, Veracious: X does not suite him, for it is a rough letter; Y has been given already; and Z Zealous for your honour. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#164. Facts, my dear Sancho, are the enemy of truth. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#165. Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#166. Sorrow was made for man, not for beasts; yet if men encourage melancholy too much, they become no better than beasts. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#167. When a man knows not how to read, or is left-handed, it - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#168. I shall be as secret as the grave. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#169. Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#170. That night the housekeeper burned all the books there were in the stable yard and in all the house; and there must have been some that went up in smoke which should have been preserved in everlasting archives, if the one who did the scrutinizing had not been so indolent. Thus we see the truth of the old saying, to the effect that the innocent must sometimes pay for the sins of the guilty. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#171. It is good to live and learn. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#172. I thought poems were songs for people with bad voices. - Author: Lorna Dee Cervantes
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#173. Cervantes said the journey's better than the end. Practices, to me, were the journey. - Author: John Wooden
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#174. Hell," he finished absurdly. "Because - " He produced a twenty-peso note and laid it on the table. "I like it," he called to them, through the open window, from outside. Cervantes stood behind the bar, with scared eyes, holding the cockerel. "I love hell. I can't wait to get back there. In fact I'm running, I'm almost back there already. - Author: Malcolm Lowry
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#175. Happy the age, happy the time, to which the ancients gave the name of golden, not because in that fortunate age the gold so coveted in this our iron one was gained without toil, but because they that lived in it knew not the two words "mine" and "thine"! - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#176. Abundance, even of good things, prevents them from being valued - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#177. When in doubt, lean to the side of # mercy . - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#178. [He] is not going to exit to applause, even if the entire human race should favor him. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#179. A man prepared has half fought the battle. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#180. Cervantes shrewdly advises to lay a bridge of silver for a flying enemy. - Author: Edwin Percy Whipple
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#181. In hell there is no retention. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#182. Fortune always leaves a door open in adversity in order to bring relief to it, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#183. Hunger is the best sauce in the world. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#184. If thou takest virtue for the rule of life, and valuest thyself upon acting in all things comfortably thereto, thou wilt have no cause to envy lords and princes; for blood is inherited, but virtue is common property, and may be acquired by all; it has, moreover, an intrinsic worth, which blood has not. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#185. Mountains breed learned men and shepherds' huts house philosophers. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#186. Senor Sancho Panza must know that we too have enchanters here that are well disposed to us, and tell us what goes on in the world, plainly and distinctly, without subterfuge or deception; and believe me, Sancho, that agile country lass was and is Dulcinea del Toboso, who is as much enchanted as the mother that bore her; and when we least expect it, we shall see her in her own proper form, and then Sancho will be disabused of the error he is under at present. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#187. Urgent necessity prompts many to do things. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#188. All the world stand, unless all the world confess that in all the world there is no maiden fairer than the Empress of La Mancha, the peerless Dulcinea del Toboso. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#189. With life many things are remedied. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#190. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#191. What is bought is cheaper than a gift. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#192. What is more dangerous than to become a poet? which is, as some say, an incurable and infectious disease. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#193. Friends, whoe'er ye be that are immured in that prison, forgive me that, to my misfortune and yours, I cannot deliver you from your misery; - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#194. I betook myself to these solitudes, resolved to end here the life I hated as if it were my mortal enemy. But fate would not rid me of it, contenting itself with robbing me of my reason, - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#195. Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#196. My thoughts ran a wool-gathering. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#197. A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#198. time has more power to undo and change things than the human will. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
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#199. Woman's advice has little value, but he who won't take it is a fool. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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#200. All sorrows are bearable, if there is bread. - Author: Miguel De Cervantes
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