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Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes Motivational Quotations:

  • “Three things too much, and three too little are pernicious to man; to speak much, and know little; to spend much, and have little; to presume much, and be worth little.”

  •  “How will he who does not know how to govern himself know how to govern others?”

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

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

  •  “I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.”

  •  “Love not what you are but only what you may become.”

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

  •  “One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.”

  •  “Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.”

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

  •  “Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.”

  •  “There is remedy for all things except death - Don Quixote De La Mancha”

  •  “Tell me what company thou keepst, and I'll tell thee what thou art.”

  • Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.”

  • Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.”

  •  “Where there's music there can be no evil.”

  •  “Wit and humor belong to genius alone.”

  •  “Make yourself honey and the flies will devour you.”

  •  “I do not insist," answered Don Quixote, "that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.”

  •  “History is the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instructor of the present, and monitor to the future.”

  •  “The pen is the tongue of the mind.”

  •  “The stomach carries the heart, and not the heart the stomach.”

  •  “Get the better of yourself - this is the best kind of victory.”

  •  “When God sends the dawn, he sends it for all.”

  •  “The poet may say or sing, not as things were, but as they ought to have been; but the historian must pen them, not as they ought to have been, but as they really were.”

  •  “The wicked are always ungrateful.”

  •  “Woman's advice has little value, but he who won't take it is a fool.”

  •  “When we leave this world, and are laid in the earth, the prince walks as narrow a path as the day-laborer.”

  •  “Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.”

  •  “Many littles make a much.”

  •  “Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”

  •  “But do not give it to a lawyer's clerk to write, for they use a legal hand that Satan himself will not understand.”

  •  “Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.”

  •  “I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.”

  •  “Let us not throw the rope after the bucket.”

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

  •  “It is good to live and learn.”

  •  “We ought to love our Maker for His own sake, without either hope of good or fear of pain.”

  •  “For if he like a madman lived; At least he like a wise one died.” 

    Miguel de Cervantes

  • “The eyes those silent tongues of love.”

  •  “I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.”

  •  “Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.”

  •  “The pen is the tongue of the soul; as are the thoughts engendered there, so will be the things written.”

  •  “Anyone who does not know how to make the most of his luck has no right to complain if it passes by him.”

  •  “The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.”

  •  “Great expectations are better than a poor possession.”

  •  “My honor is dearer to me than my life.”

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

  •  “Let us make hay while the sun shines.”

  •  “Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which heaven has bestowed on man; with it we cannot compare the treasures which the earth contains or the sea conceals; for liberty, as for honor, we can and ought to risk our lives; and, on for the other hand, captivity is the greatest evil that can befall man.”

  •  “What man can pretend to know the riddle of a woman's mind?”

  •  “He who sings frightens away his ills.”

  •  “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.”

  •  “Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.”

  •  “there are many hours and minutes between now and tomorrow and in any one of them-even in a minute, the house falls”​

    Miguel de Cervantes


  • “Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.”
  •  “A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.”

  •  “They who lose today may win tomorrow.”

  • "From what I have seen here," remarked Sancho, "justice is so good a thing that even robbers find it necessary."

  •  “Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”

  •  “When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?”

  •  “Wit and humor do not reside in slow minds.”

  •  “Let every man mind his own business.”

  •  “Be not under the dominion of thine own will; it is the vice of the ignorant, who vainly presume on their own understanding.”

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

  •  “For neither good nor evil can last forever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”

  •  “Blessings on him, who invented sleep.”

  •  “By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.”

  •  “That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.”

  •  “He who gives early gives twice.”

  •  “A closed mouth catches no flies.”

  •  “A tooth is much more to be prized than a diamond.”

  •  “Do not eat garlic or onions; for their smell will reveal that you are a peasant.”

  •  “The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.”

  •  “Since we have a good loaf, let us not look for cheesecakes.”

  •  “There's no sauce in the world like hunger.”

  • “No man is more than another unless he does more than another.”

  •  “For let us women be never so ill-favored, I imagine that we are always delighted to hear ourselves called handsome.”

  • “Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles.”

  •  “A Man Without Honor is Worse than Dead.”

  •  “Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.”

  •  “An honest man's word is as good as his bond.”

  •  “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.”

  •  “For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.”

  •  “Love is a power too strong to be overcome by anything but flight.”

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

  •  “Every man is the son of his own works.”

  •  “I have other fish to fry.”

  •  “One of the effects of fear is to disturb the senses and cause things to appear other than what they are”.

  •  “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.”

  •  “Can we ever have too much of a good thing?”

  •  “It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.”

  •  “Does the devil possess you? You're leaping over the hedge before you come at the stile.

  •  “There is no remembrance which time does not obliterate, nor pain which death does not terminate.”

  •  “Many count their chickens before they are hatched; and where they expect bacon, meet with broken bones.”

  •  “Spare your breath to cool your porridge.”

  •  “A knight errant who turns mad for a reason deserves neither merit nor thanks. The thing is to do it without cause”

  •  “Urgent necessity prompts many to do things, at the very thoughts of which they perhaps would start at other times.”

  •  “To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope.”

  •  “All sorrows are less with bread.”

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

  •  “Where one door shuts another opens.”

  •  “The wounds received in battle bestow honor, they do not take it away.”

  •  “Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.”

  •  “Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.”

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

  •  “It is better that a judge should lean on the side of compassion than severity.”

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

  •  “Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.”

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

  •  “Every dog has his day.”

  •  “There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a dish of fritters.”

  •  “No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.”

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



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