Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Quotes




Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.Miguel de Cervantes

In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.Miguel de Cervantes

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.Miguel de Cervantes

To be prepared is half the victory.Miguel de Cervantes

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.Miguel de Cervantes




Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.Miguel de Cervantes

Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.Miguel de Cervantes

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.Miguel de Cervantes

A closed mouth catches no flies.Miguel de Cervantes

Man appoints, and God disappoints.Miguel de Cervantes




Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.Miguel de Cervantes

Every man is the son of his own works.Miguel de Cervantes

I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.Miguel de Cervantes

The pen is the tongue of the mind.Miguel de Cervantes

Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.Miguel de Cervantes

The eyes those silent tongues of love.Miguel de Cervantes

Pray look better, Sir… those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.Miguel de Cervantes

That’s the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.Miguel de Cervantes

It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.Miguel de Cervantes

Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.Miguel de Cervantes

Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.Miguel de Cervantes

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.Miguel de Cervantes

Virtue is the truest nobility.Miguel de Cervantes

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.Miguel de Cervantes

Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched.Miguel de Cervantes