Quotations From MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

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  • 1.
    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.

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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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.
  • 4.
    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.
  • 5.
    There's no taking trout with dry breeches.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, ch. 71, trans. by P. Motteux (1615).
  • 6.
    'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 6, ch. 9, trans. by P. Motteux (1615).
  • 7.
    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.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Don Quixote, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 11, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).

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  • 8.
    There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Don Quixote, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 1, ch. 8 (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.

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  • 9.
    Virtue is the truest nobility.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Trans. by P. Motteux. Dorothea, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 9 (1605).
  • 10.
    To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope.
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 3, ch. 9, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).

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