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  • 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.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • Where envy reigns virtue can't exist, and generosity doesn't go with meanness.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • In any case, Cide Hamete Benengeli was a very careful historian, and very accurate in all things, as can be clearly seen in the details he relates to us, for although they are trivial and inconsequential, he does not attempt to pass over them in silence; his example could be followed by solemn historians who recount actions so briefly and succinctly that we can barely taste them, and leave behind in the inkwell, through carelessness, malice, or ignorance, the most substantive part of the work.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • In short, our gentleman became so caught up in reading that he spent his nights reading from dusk till dawn and his days reading from sunrise to sunset, and so with too little sleep and too much reading his brains dried up, causing him to lose his mind.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")


  • It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • It's up to brave hearts, sir, to be patient when things are going badly, as well as being happy when they're going well ... For I've heard that what they call fortune is a flighty woman who drinks too much, and, what's more, she's blind, so she can't see what she's doing, and she doesn't know who she's knocking over or who she's raising up.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • A bad year and a bad month to all the backbiting bitches in the world!...
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • Not with whom you are born, but with whom you are bred.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • A tooth is much more to be prized than a diamond.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • Sancho, just as you want people to believe what you have seen in the sky, I want you to believe what I saw in the Cave of Montesinos. And that is all I have to say.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • Consider, that no jewel upon earth is comparable to a woman of virtue and honor; and, that the honor of the sex consists in the fair characters they maintain.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • The wounds received in battle bestow honor, they do not take it away...
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")

  • There is no book so bad...that it does not have something good in it.
    (Miguel de Cervantes, "Don Quixote")


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