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“Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“The proof of the pudding is the eating.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“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.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“The reason for the unreason with which you treat my reason , so weakens my reason that with reason I complain of your beauty.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote de La Mancha, Vol 1
“There is no book so bad...that it does not have something good in it.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“Demasiada cordura puede ser la peor de las locuras, ver la vida como es y no como debería de ser.

Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
tags: life
“There were no embraces, because where there is great love there is often little display of it.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha
“All sorrows are less with bread. ”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Es natural condición de las mujeres desdeñar a quien las quiere y amar a quien las aborrece”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quijote de la Mancha
“Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth."
"What giants?" Asked Sancho Panza.
"The ones you can see over there," answered his master, "with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long."
"Now look, your grace," said Sancho, "what you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone."
"Obviously," replied Don Quijote, "you don't know much about adventures.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“Thou hast seen nothing yet.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“He who sings scares away his woes.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Hunger is the best sauce in the world.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“For neither good nor evil can last for ever; and so it follows that as evil has lasted a long time, good must now be close at hand.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“What man can pretend to know the riddle of a woman's mind?”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“The pen is the tongue of the mind.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Remember that there are two kinds of beauty: one of the soul and the other of the body. That of the soul displays its radiance in intelligence, in chastity, in good conduct, in generosity, and in good breeding, and all these qualities may exist in an ugly man. And when we focus our attention upon that beauty, not upon the physical, love generally arises with great violence and intensity. I am well aware that I am not handsome, but I also know that I am not deformed, and it is enough for a man of worth not to be a monster for him to be dearly loved, provided he has those spiritual endowments I have spoken of.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Facts are the enemy of truth.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
tags: truth
“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.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“... he who's down one day can be up the next, unless he really wants to stay in bed, that is...”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“Take my advice and live for a long, long time. Because the maddest thing a man can do in this life is to let himself die.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote
“Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Until death it is all life”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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