Quotes by Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes

Spanish writer

Alive from: 1547-1616

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.
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    He had a face like a blessing.
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    He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
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    He preaches well that lives well.
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    He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
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    Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.
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    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.
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    I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
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    I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
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    I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.
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    If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne.
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    It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
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    Jests that give pains are no jests.
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    Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.
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    Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
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