Cervantes Quotes

Most popular Cervantes Quotes

Fair and softly goes far.
— Cervantes
Delay always brings danger.
Facts are the enemy of truth.

facts

Virtue is the truest nobility.
— Cervantes
A stout heart breaks bad luck.
— Cervantes
Patience, and shuffle the cards.
— Cervantes
Love and war are the same thing.
— Cervantes
He preaches well that lives well.

example

Absence, that common cure of love.

absence

Jests that give pains are no jests.
— Cervantes
Let every man mind his own business.
— Cervantes
They who lose today may win tomorrow.
— Cervantes
Where is music, there can be no evil.
— Cervantes
Everything disturbs the absent lover.
— Cervantes
He who sings frightens away his ills.
— Cervantes

music songs

My honor is dearer to me than my life.
— Cervantes
That which cost little is less valued.
— Cervantes
The eyes those silent tongues of love.

eyes

Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.
— Cervantes
Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
— Cervantes

diligence fortune

Can we ever have too much of a good thing?
— Cervantes
Great men are able to do great kindnesses.
— Cervantes
There's no sauce in the world like hunger.

hunger

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

eating

Time ripens all things. No man's born wise.
— Cervantes
All music jars when the soul's out of tune.
— Cervantes
Who errs and mends, to God himself commends.

error

An honest man's word is as good as his bond.
— Cervantes
Experience, the universal Mother of Sciences.

experience science

By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.

judging

I must speak the truth, and nothing but the truth.
— Cervantes
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
— Cervantes

parents

Naked came I into the world, and naked must I go out.
— Cervantes
Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
— Cervantes
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
— Cervantes
If something stands to be gained, nothing will be lost.
— Cervantes
Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
— Cervantes
Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
— Cervantes
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experiences.
— Cervantes
Forewarned, Forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
— Cervantes
Lovers are commonly industrious to make themselves uneasy.
— Cervantes
Every tooth in one's head is more valuable than a diamond.
— Cervantes
Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.

the past

It is a common saying, that he who gives freely gives twice.

Giving

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
— Cervantes
Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.

self-destructiveness

That which we are capable of feeling, we are capable of saying.
— Cervantes

communication

It is a fine thing to command, even if it only be a herd of cattle.
— Cervantes
I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.
— Cervantes

drinking

I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.

painters

Who cannot but see oftentimes how strange the threads of our destiny run?
— Cervantes
The meaning of true valor lies between the extremes of cowardice and rashness.
— Cervantes
A brave man craves out his fortune, and every man is the child of his own work.
— Cervantes
It is a bad judgement to speak of halters in the house of man who has been hanged.
— Cervantes
The ass will carry its load, but not a double load; ride not a free horse to death.
— Cervantes
Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things under ground, and much more in the skies.

fear

They got the better of themselves, and that's the best kind of victory one can wish for.
— Cervantes
That's the nature of woman, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.
— Cervantes
Fortune may have yet a better success in reserve for you, and they who lose today may win tomorrow.
— Cervantes
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.

truth

It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
— Cervantes
It is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.
— Cervantes
There's a time for some things, and a time for all things; a time for great things, and a time for small things.
— Cervantes
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.
— Cervantes

wealth

Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
— Cervantes

diligence

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

self-deception

The reputation of a woman may also be compared to a mirror of crystal, shining and bright, but liable to be sullied by every breath that comes near it.

reputation

There is a strange charm in the thoughts of a good legacy, or the hopes of an estate, which wondrously alleviates the sorrow that men would otherwise feel for the death of friends.

legacy