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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.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Delay always breeds danger and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Take care, your worship, those things over there are not giants but windmills.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
He gives twice who quickly gives. Bis dat qui cito dat
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Those who will play with cats must expect to be scratched.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Tell me what company thou keepst, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Liberty is one of the choicest gifts that heaven hath bestowed upon man, and exceeds in volume all the treasures which the earth contains within its bosom or the sea covers. Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life for without it, life is insupportable.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
In every case, the remedy is to take action. Get clear about exactly what it is that you need to learn and exactly what you need to do to learn it. BEING CLEAR KILLS FEAR. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
By the street of by and by, one arrives at the house of never.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of his own works.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
There are but few proverbial sayings that are not true, for they are all drawn from experience itself, which is the mother of all sciences.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Drink moderately, for drunkenness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
All persons are not discreet enough to know how to take things by the right handle
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Tell me what company you keep and I'll tell you what you are.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing, that I dislike in sleep; 'tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
—  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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