Miguel de Cervantes

(1547-1616 / Spain)

Quotations

  • '''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.
  • ''Does the devil possess you? You're leaping over the hedge before you come at the stile.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho Panza to Don Quixote, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 3, ch. 4, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).
  • ''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.
  • ''Thou cam'st out of thy mother's belly without government, thou hast liv'd hitherto without government, and thou may'st be carried to thy long home without government, when it shall please the Lord. How many people in this world live without government, yet do well enough, and are well look'd upon?''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife), in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 5, ch. 37 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.
  • ''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).

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