Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet and Playwright best known for his magnum opus, Don Quixote

"Forewarned is forearmed."

"Fortune leaves always some door open to come at a remedy."

"Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds."

"Let every man look before he leaps."

"Liberty is one of the most precious gifts heaven has bestowed upon Man. No treasures the earth contains or the sea conceals can be compared to it. For liberty one can rightfully risk one's life."

"Little said is soonest mended."

"Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last."

"No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind."

"You cannot eat your cake and have your cake."

"Let us forget and forgive injuries."

"Great persons are able to do great kindnesses."

"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... their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all."

"Let us make hay while the sun shines."

"The more thou stir it, the worse it will be."