Quixotism is best described as passionate idealism, or the pursuit of an ideal which may not even be attainable. While traditional wisdom frequently clashes with spirituality, quixotism and spirituality coexist becauseof quixotism’s ever-present preoccupation with generosity and humility....Quixotism represents the most profound expression of genius: joyful curiosity about the world and a willingness to explore. As thought and action are inseparable, it is both a belief system and a way of life.
"I confess," said the fallen knight, "that the torn and dirty shoe of Senora Dulcinea de Toboso is worth more than the unkempt but clean beard of Casildea,..."
No sooner had he closed the door than the innkeeper’s wife rushed at the barber, seized him by the beard, and said: “Upon my soul, you can’t go on using my oxtail for a beard, and you have to give the tail back to me; it’s a shame to see that thing of my husband’s on the floor; I mean the comb that I always hung on my nice tail.”Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote (pp. 266-267). HarperCollins e-books. Kindle Edition.
"To the lies of Sancho, pretending things according to the norms of ordinary life, Don Quijote responded with the highest truths of faith that were fundamental and profound. It is not intelligence, but will, that fashions the world for us, and the old scholastic aphorism “nihil volitum quin praecognitum” (nothing is wanted without knowing about it previously), must be corrected with “nihil cognitum quin praevolitum,” (nothing is known without having previously wanted it).… what does the truth of a proposal have to do with the proposer’s courage and the strength of his arm? Just because the challenger wins a fight, does what he is saying have to be more truthful than that of the one who is challenged? I have told you, reader, that it is the martyrs who create faith, rather than the faith that creates martyrs. And faith creates truth."
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