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Miguel de Cervantes quotes

1547 - 1616, Spanish author and poet

Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
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By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.
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Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
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Great persons are able to do great kindnesses.
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The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that
plays that part.
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An honest man's word is as good as his bond.
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Think before thou speakest.
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Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
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A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world as a public indecency.
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No limits but the sky.
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Experience, the universal mother of sciences.
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'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs
in one basket.
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My heart is wax molded as she pleases, but enduring as marble to retain.
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The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
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The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful
recreation.
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Sing away sorrow, cast away care.
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The worst reconciliation is better than the best divorce.
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Absence, that common cure of love.
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That's the nature of women... not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them
not.
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Let every man mind his own business.
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Honesty is the best policy.
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A little in one's own pocket is better than much in another man's purse. 'Tis good to keep a
nest egg. Every little makes a mickle.
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My honor is dearer to me than my life.
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Thank you for nothing.
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There's no sauce in the world like hunger.
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Remember the old saying, "Faint heart never won fair lady."
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Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
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There's not the least thing can be said or done, but people will talk and find fault.
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He got the better of himself, and that's the best kind of victory one can wish for.
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A closed mouth catches no flies.
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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
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To give the devil his due.
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Can we ever have too much of a good thing?
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Ill luck, you know, seldom comes alone.
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'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
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Fortune leaves always some door open to come at a remedy.
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Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
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Thou hast seen nothing yet.
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Let none presume to tell me that the pen is preferrable to the sword.
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He casts a sheep's eye at the wench.
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Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as
in the other.
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Let us forget and forgive injuries.
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A person dishonored is worst than dead.
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He preaches well that lives well.
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It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.
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Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
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