Miguel de Cervantes Quotes

'Tis an old saying, the Devil lurks behind the cross. All is not gold that glitters. From the tail of the plough, Bamba was made King of Spain and from his silks and riches was Rodrigo cast to be devoured by the snakes.
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him.
I think it a very happy accident.
I shall be as secret as the grave.
Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
It is good to live and learn.
It is the part of a wise man to keep himself to-day for to-morrow, and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.
A good name is better than riches.
Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.
I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine every man for himself, and God for us all.
It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.
I must follow him through thick and thin.
As they use to say, spick and span new.
A closed mouth catches no flies.
A little in one's own pocket is better than much in another man's purse.
A word to the wise is enough.
An honest man's word is as good as his bond.
God bears with the wicked, but not forever.
I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Which I have earned with the sweat of my brows.
It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain and some of our griefs . . . have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.
Sympathy constitutes friendship but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
Fortune leaves always some door open to come at a remedy.
One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars and the world will be better for this.
Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things under ground, and much more in the skies.
Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be
You may as well expect pears from an elm.
You cannot eat your cake and have your cake.
You are a king by your own fireside, as much as any monarch in his throne.
Why do you lead me a wild-goose chase
I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
When the head aches, all the members partake of the pain.
What a man has, so much he is sure of.
Time ripens all things. No man is born wise.
In the night all cats are gray.
He has an oar in every man's boat, and a finger in every pie.
He is as mad as a March hare.
I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the cobwebs out of my eyes.
Within a stone's throw of it.
My heart is wax moulded as she pleases, but enduring as marble to retain.
All is not gold that glitters.
Let every man look before he leaps.
Let every man mind his own business.
Let me leap out of the frying-pan into the fire or, out of God's blessing into the warm sun.
Let us make hay while the sun shines.
Liberty is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.
Little said is soonest mended.
The ass will carry his load, but not a double load ride not a free horse to death.
There is a time for some things, and a time for all things a time for great things, and a time for small things.
Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.
I was so free with him as not to mince the matter.
Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.
Sing away sorrow, cast away care.
Spare your breath to cool your porridge.
Tell me thy company, and I will tell thee what thou art.
Love not what you are, but what you may become.
'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies runs with one, walks gravely with another turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame it wounds one, another it kills like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning for there is no force able to resist it.
Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
Building castles in the air, and making yourself a laughing-stock.
Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a dish of fritters.
Delay always breeds danger.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
As ill-luck would have it.
They can expect nothing but their labour for their pains.
The more thou stir it, the worse it will be.
Many count their chickens before they are hatched and where they expect bacon, meet with broken bones.
The pot calls the kettle black.
There are only two families in the world, the Haves and Have-Nots.
There is a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us out flat some time or other.
Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.
There is no love lost between us.
That's the nature of women not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.
The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
Thou art a cat, and a rat, and a coward.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.
I say that good painters imitated nature but that bad ones vomited it.
Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long.
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