Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

29 Sep 1547 // 22 Apr 1616
Novelist / Poet / Playwright


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Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted
Every one is as God made him, and often a great deal worse
A honest man's word is as good as his bond
He who lives well is the best preacher
The pen is the tongue of the mind
Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves
I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone keep the cobwebs out of my eyes
Honesty is the best policy
Is it possible your pragmatical worship should not know that the comparisons made between wit and wit, courage and courage, beauty and beauty, birth and birth, are always odious and ill taken?
One swallow alone does not make the summer
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."