Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet and Playwright best known for his magnum opus, Don Quixote
"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."
"No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind."
"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."