Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Quotes




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

Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.Miguel de Cervantes

Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.Miguel de Cervantes

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

There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots.Miguel de Cervantes




No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.Miguel de Cervantes

That which costs little is less valued.Miguel de Cervantes

Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.Miguel de Cervantes

No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.Miguel de Cervantes

Thou hast seen nothing yet.Miguel de Cervantes




He preaches well that lives well.Miguel de Cervantes

Tis a dainty thing to command, though twere but a flock of sheep.Miguel de Cervantes

There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.Miguel de Cervantes

Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.Miguel de Cervantes

Well, there’s a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.Miguel de Cervantes

Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.Miguel de Cervantes

A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.Miguel de Cervantes

Tell me thy company, and I’ll tell thee what thou art.Miguel de Cervantes

The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.Miguel de Cervantes

There is no book so bad…that it does not have something good in it.Miguel de Cervantes

All sorrows are less with bread.Miguel de Cervantes

Hunger is the best sauce in the world.Miguel de Cervantes

Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.Miguel de Cervantes

Facts are the enemy of truth.Miguel de Cervantes

… he who’s down one day can be up the next, unless he really wants to stay in bed, that is…Miguel de Cervantes