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

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One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Servants]

 

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No man is more than another unless he does more than another.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Service]

 

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A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Sin]

 

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By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Slang]

 

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Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Slavery]

 

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Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'Tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing that I dislike in sleep; 'Tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Sleep]

 

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One shouldn't talk of halters in the hanged man's house.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Tact and Tactfulness]

 

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Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Truth]

 

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Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Truth]

 

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True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Valor]

 

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That which costs little is less valued.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Value]

 

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The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Vanity]

 

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Patience and shuffle the cards.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Patience]

 

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And for the citation of so many authors, 'tis the easiest thing in nature. Find out one of these books with an alphabetical index, and without any farther ceremony, remove it verbatim into your own... there are fools enough to be thus drawn into an opinion of the work; at least, such a flourishing train of attendants will give your book a fashionable air, and recommend it for sale.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Plagiarism]

 

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To be prepared is half the victory.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Planning]

 

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Thou hast seen nothing yet.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Possibilities]

 

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A blot in thy escutcheon to all futurity.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Posterity]

 

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

 

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Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
~ Miguel De Cervantes - [Procrastination]

 

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