Best Don Quixote's Sayings
The plot revolves around the adventures of a noble (hidalgo) from La Mancha named Alonso Quixano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant (caballero andante) to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha
Don Quixote is a wonderful classic full of adventure, humor, and wisdom. the original book is very long that is why most can not complete it.
So there are free versions that are in the public domain
Let every man lay his hand upon his heart, and
not take white for black, nor black for white; for
we are all as God made us, and oftentimes a great
Better a blush on the face than a stain in the heart.
Purity, propriety, and elegance of style, will always
be found among polite, well-bred, and sensible
Tossed in a sea of doubts and fears,
Love's hapless mariner, I sail,
Where no inviting port appears,
To screen me from the stormy gale.
"Drink with moderation; for inebriety never
keeps a secret nor performs a promise.
Unconquered hope, thou bane of fear,
And last deserter of the brave,
Thou soothing ease of mortal care,
Thou traveler beyond the grave ;
Thou soul of patience, airy food,
Bold warrant of a distant good,
Reviving cordial, kind decoy ;
Though fortune frowns and friends depart,
Though Silvia flies me, flattering joy,
Nor thou, nor love, shall leave my doting heart.
There are often rare abilities lost to the world,
that are but ill-bestowed on those who do not know
how to employ them to advantage.
Who reads and travels much, sees and learns
Honors often change manners.
Wake, sir knight, now love's invading,
• Sleep in Holland sheets no more ;
When a nymph is serenading,
'Tis an arrant shame to snore.
Hear a damsel tall and tender,
Moaning in most rueful guise,
With heart almost burned to cinder
By the sunbeams of thine eyes.
To free damsels from disaster
Is, they say, your daily care
Can you then deny a plaster
To a wounded virgin here ?
Simple medicines are more esteemed than those that are compound: in the simple, there can be no mistake; in the compound, all is hazard and uncertainty.
The prudent man who is expecting to be deprived
of his habitation looks out for another before
he is 'turned out of doors.
When good fortune knocks, make haste to bid
Liberty is one of the most precious gifts which
Heaven hath bestowed on man, exceeding all the
treasures which earth encloses, or which ocean hides
; and for this blessing, as well as for honor, we may
and ought to venture life itself: on the other hand,
captivity and restraint are the greatest evils that
human nature can endure. I make this observation,
Sancho, because thou hast seen the delicacies
and the plenty with which we were entertained in
that castle; yet, in the midst of those savory banquets
and ice-cooled potations, I thought myself
confined within the very straits of famine, because
I did not enjoy the treat with that liberty which I
should have felt, had it been my own.
" Be very moderate in sleeping; for he who does not rise with the sun cannot enjoy the day; and observe, O Sancho, industry is the mother of prosperity; and laziness, her opposite, never saw the accomplishment of a good wish.
" Heaven confound thee ! " exclaimed Don
Quixote; " sixty thousand devils take thee and thy
proverbs! This hour, or more, thou hast been
stringing thy musty wares, poisoning and torturing
me without mercy. Take my word for it, these
proverbs will one day bring thee to the gallows
—they will surely provoke thy people to rebellion !
Where dost thou find them? How shouldst thou
apply them, idiot? for I toil and sweat as if I were
delving the ground to utter but one, and apply it
" The remarks I have hitherto made are documents
touching the decoration of your soul; and
now you will listen to the directions I have to give
concerning thy person and deportment."
Look not in last year's nests for this year's birds.
History is a sacred subject because the soul of it is truth; and where truth is, there the divinity will reside; yet there are some who compose and cast-off books as if they were tossing up a dish of pancakes.