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Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616) quotes


  • A closed mouth catches no flies.
  • A person dishonored is worst than dead.
  • A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
  • Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.
  • He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
  • Man appoints, and God disappoints.
  • Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.
  • Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
  • Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.
  • 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.
  • Thou hast seen nothing yet.
  • Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
  • Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
  • Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flot one time or other.
  • When thou art at Rome, do as they do in Rome.