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Miguel de Cervantes
September 29, 1547 - April 23, 1616
Nationality: Spanish
Category: Novelist

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


A person dishonored is worst than dead.


I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.


When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.


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

    Topics: Life

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


Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.


The eyes those silent tongues of love.


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


There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.


To be prepared is half the victory.


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


Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.


There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.


There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.


The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.


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


I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.


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


Tis a dainty thing to command, though twere but a flock of sheep.


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