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 :: 1547-1616, Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet

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Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Creation]

 

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Every man is the son of his own works.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Work]

 

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Everyone is as God made him, and often a great deal worse.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Humankind]

 

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Faint heart never won fair lady.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Coward and Cowardice]

 

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Fair and softly goes far.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Kindness]

 

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Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Fear]

 

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For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Learning]

 

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For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [History and Historians]

 

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God bears with the wicked, but not forever.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Wickedness]

 

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Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Action]

 

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Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Painters and Painting]

 

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He had a face like a blessing.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Faces]

 

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He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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He preaches well that lives well.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Preachers and Preaching]

 

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He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Courage]

 

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Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Punishment]

 

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I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Proverbs]

 

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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 - [Proverbs]

 

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I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Charity]

 

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If you are ambitious of climbing up to the difficult, and in a manner inaccessible, summit of the Temple of Fame, your surest way is to leave on one hand the narrow path of Poetry, and follow the narrower track of Knight-Errantry, which in a trice may raise you to an imperial throne.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Fame]

 

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