Wit and wisdom of Don Quixote (1867) Collected by Emma Thompson

Wit and wisdom of Don Quixote (1867) Collected by Emma Thompson

Wit and wisdom of Don Quixote


So, in giving (or trying to so do) a translation of the proverbs, poems, and aphorisms of Don Quixote, I must be pardoned for impoverishing them so much, and making the knight of the rueful countenance an Englishman, while I at the same time acknowledge my indebtedness to the many more able translators preceding me, believing, to quote the priest again, that, " since Apollo was Apollo; the muses; and the bards were poets, so humorous and so whimsical a book as Don Quixote was never written."

We find gleaning from the text of Cervantes all that is knightly and noble. I know of no literature in the world so rich in proverbs as the Spanish; indeed, there exists a manuscript collection, gathered by that distinguished Spanish scholar, Juan Yriarte, containing between twenty-five and thirty thousand. 

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