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

In the night all cats are grey.

Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.

There are two kinds of beauty, one being of the soul and the other of the body,
That of the soul is revealed through intelligence, modesty, right conduct,
Generosity and good breeding, all of which qualities may exist in an ugly man;
And when one's gaze is fixed upon beauty of this sort and not upon that of the body,
Love is usually born suddenly and violently.

All kinds of beauty do not inspire love; there is a kind which only pleases the sight, but does not captivate the affections.

Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.

Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched.

Facts are the enemy of truth.

He who sings scares away his woes.

It is the mission of each true knight...
His duty... nay, his privilege!
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go;
To right the unrightable wrong.

To love, pure and chaste, from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star!

This is my Quest to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right
Without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause!

And I know, if I'll only be true
To this glorious Quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable stars!

Maybe the greatest madness is to see life as it is rather than what it could be.

All sorrows are less with bread.

All I know is that while I’m asleep, I’m never afraid, and I have no hopes, no struggles, no glories — and bless the man who invented sleep, a cloak over all human thought, food that drives away hunger, water that banishes thirst, fire that heats up cold, chill that moderates passion, and, finally, universal currency with which all things can be bought, weight and balance that brings the shepherd and the king, the fool and the wise, to the same level. There’s only one bad thing about sleep, as far as I’ve ever heard, and that is that it resembles death, since there’s very little difference between a sleeping man and a corpse.

Too much sanity may be madness. But maddest of all, to see life as it is, and not as it should be!

Think before thou speakest.

Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly all the time is having to accept it.

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.

Let the tears of the poor find more compassion, but not more justice, from thee than the applications of the wealthy.

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

If, perchance, the scales of justice be not correctly balanced, let the error be imputable to pity, not to gold.

He that gives quickly gives twice.

Envy we must overcome by generosity and nobleness of soul.

Death and sleep make us all alike, rich and poor, high and low.

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

Author Picture
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