Miguel de Cervantes

(1547-1616 / Spain)

Miguel de Cervantes Quotes

  • '''Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 3 ch. 11 (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.
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  • ''Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 3, ch. 23 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux and J. Ozell. Sancho is quoting a proverb.
  • ''My old grannum (rest her soul) was wont to say, there were but two families in the world, have-much and have-little.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, ch. 20 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.
  • ''There's no sauce in the world like hunger.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife), in Don Quixote, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux. This well-worn proverb was attributed to Socrates by Cicero in De Finibus, bk. 2, sct. 90.
  • ''The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. the Canon, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 21 (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.
  • ''It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. the slave, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 14, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).
  • ''Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Altisidora, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 6, ch. 11 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.
  • ''The eyes those silent tongues of love.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Antonio's Amorous Complaint, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 2, ch. 3, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).
  • ''He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Don Lorenzo, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, ch. 18 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux. Describing Don Quixote.
  • ''You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Don Quixote, preface (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.

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Best Poem of Miguel de Cervantes

A La Guerra Me Lleva

A la guerra me lleva
mi necesidad;
si tuviera dineros
no fuera en verdad.

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Letra

¡Bien haya quien hizo
cadenitas, cadenas;
bien haya quien hizo
cadenas de amor!

¡Bien haya el acero
de que se formaron,
y los que inventaron
amor verdadero!
¡Bien haya el dinero
de metal mejor!
¡Bien haya quien hizo
cadenas de amor!

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