Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

Miguel de
Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa
1547
1616

Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet and Playwright best known for his magnum opus, Don Quixote

Author Quotes

The more thou stir it, the worse it will be.

Let us make hay while the sun shines.

It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain and some of our griefs... their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.

Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.

Let us forget and forgive injuries.

You cannot eat your cake and have your cake.

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.

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

Little said is soonest mended.

Liberty is one of the most precious gifts heaven has bestowed upon Man. No treasures the earth contains or the sea conceals can be compared to it. For liberty one can rightfully risk one's life.

Let every man look before he leaps.

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.

Fortune leaves always some door open to come at a remedy.

Forewarned is forearmed.

Experience is the universal mother of sciences.

Can we ever have too much of a good thing?

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

Beauty in a good woman is like fire at a distance or a sharp sword; the one does not burn, or the other wound, those who come not too close.

A word to the wise is enough.

A little in one's own pocket is better than much in another man's purse.

A father may have a child who is ugly and lacking in all the graces, and the love he feels for him puts a blindfold over his eyes so that he does not see his defects but considers them signs of charm and intelligence and recounts them to his friends as if they were clever and witty.

A closed mouth catches no flies.

Absence, that common cure of love.

Let us not throw the rope after the bucket.

Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.

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First Name
Miguel de
Last Name
Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa
Birth Date
1547
Death Date
1616
Bio

Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet and Playwright best known for his magnum opus, Don Quixote