Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

Miguel de
Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

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

Author Quotes

Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.

One man is no more than another if he does no more than another.

I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine: Every man for himself and God for us all.

God bless the inventor of sleep, the cloak that covers all men's thoughts, the food that cures all hunger... balancing weight that levels the shepherd with the king and the simple with the wise.

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.

God bears with the wicked, but not forever.

Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.

Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies runs with one, walks gravely with another turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame it wounds one, another it kills like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning for there is no force able to resist it.

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.

Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.

Patience and shuffle the cards.

It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.

To be prepared is half the victory.

Love not what you are, but what you may become.

The bow cannot possibly always stand bent, nor can human nature or human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.

Once a woman parts with her virtue, she loses the esteem even of the man whose vows and tears won her to abandon it.

I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.

Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.

Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

Translating from one language to another, unless it is from Greek and Latin, the queens of all languages, is like looking at Flemish tapestries from the wrong side, for although the figures are visible, they are covered by threads that obscure them, and cannot be seen with the smoothness and color of the right side.

I do not deny that what happened to us is a thing worth laughing at. But it is not worth telling, for not everyone is sufficiently intelligent to be able to see things from the right point of view.

Where a door is closed, another is opened.

Abundance, even of good things, prevents them from being valued.

Author Picture
First Name
Miguel de
Last Name
Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa
Birth Date
Death Date

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