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Miguel de Cervantes

Birthdate: 29. September 1547
Date of death: 22. April 1616
Other names: Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, Saavedra Miguel De Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. His novel Don Quixote has been translated into over 140 languages and dialects; it is, after the Bible, the most-translated book in the world.Don Quixote, a classic of Western literature, is sometimes considered both the first modern novel and the best work of fiction ever written. Cervantes' influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes . He has also been dubbed El príncipe de los ingenios .In 1569, in forced exile from Castile, Cervantes moved to Rome, where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. Then he enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Barbary pirates. After five years of captivity, he was released on payment of a ransom by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order, and he returned to his family in Madrid.

In 1585, Cervantes published La Galatea, a pastoral novel. He worked as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada and later as a tax collector for the government. In 1597, discrepancies in his accounts for three years previous landed him in the Crown Jail of Seville.

In 1605, Cervantes was in Valladolid when the immediate success of the first part of his Don Quixote, published in Madrid, signalled his return to the literary world. In 1607, he settled in Madrid, where he lived and worked until his death. During the last nine years of his life, Cervantes solidified his reputation as a writer, publishing Novelas ejemplares in 1613, Viaje del Parnaso in 1614, and Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses and the second part of Don Quixote in 1615. His last work, Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda , was published posthumously in 1617.

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„Time ripens all things. No man is born wise.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 33. Note: "Time ripens all things" is the translator's interpolation and does not appear in the original Spanish text.
Context: Time ripens all things. No man is born wise. Bishops are made of men and not of stones.

„I was ever charitable and good to the poor, and scorn to take the bread out of another man's mouth. On the other side, by our Lady, they shall play me no foul play. I am an old cur at a crust, and can sleep dog-sleep when I list.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 33, as translated by Pierre Antoine Motteux in The History of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (1701)
Variant translations:
I'm kind-hearted by nature, and full of compassion for the poor; there's no stealing the loaf from him who kneads and bakes; and by my faith it won't do to throw false dice with me; I am an old dog, and I know all about 'tus, tus;' I can be wide-awake if need be, and I don't let clouds come before my eyes, for I know where the shoe pinches me; I say so, because with me the good will have support and protection, and the bad neither footing nor access. And it seems to me that, in governments, to make a beginning is everything; and maybe, after having been governor a fortnight, I'll take kindly to the work and know more about it than the field labour I have been brought up to.
Honesty's the best policy.
Context: I was ever charitable and good to the poor, and scorn to take the bread out of another man's mouth. On the other side, by our Lady, they shall play me no foul play. I am an old cur at a crust, and can sleep dog-sleep when I list. I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the cobwebs out of my eyes. I know where the shoe wrings me. I will know who and who is together. Honesty is the best policy, I will stick to that. The good shall have my hand and heart, but the bad neither foot nor fellowship. And in my mind, the main point of governing, is to make a good beginning.

„Honesty is the best policy, I will stick to that. The good shall have my hand and heart, but the bad neither foot nor fellowship. And in my mind, the main point of governing, is to make a good beginning.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 33, as translated by Pierre Antoine Motteux in The History of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (1701)
Variant translations:
I'm kind-hearted by nature, and full of compassion for the poor; there's no stealing the loaf from him who kneads and bakes; and by my faith it won't do to throw false dice with me; I am an old dog, and I know all about 'tus, tus;' I can be wide-awake if need be, and I don't let clouds come before my eyes, for I know where the shoe pinches me; I say so, because with me the good will have support and protection, and the bad neither footing nor access. And it seems to me that, in governments, to make a beginning is everything; and maybe, after having been governor a fortnight, I'll take kindly to the work and know more about it than the field labour I have been brought up to.
Honesty's the best policy.
Context: I was ever charitable and good to the poor, and scorn to take the bread out of another man's mouth. On the other side, by our Lady, they shall play me no foul play. I am an old cur at a crust, and can sleep dog-sleep when I list. I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the cobwebs out of my eyes. I know where the shoe wrings me. I will know who and who is together. Honesty is the best policy, I will stick to that. The good shall have my hand and heart, but the bad neither foot nor fellowship. And in my mind, the main point of governing, is to make a good beginning.

„To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action when there is more reason to fear than to hope. 'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Sancho to Don Quixote, in Ch. 9, Peter Anthony Motteux translation (1701).
Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book III
Context: To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action when there is more reason to fear than to hope. 'Tis the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket. And though I am but a clown, or a bumpkin, as you may say, yet I would have you to know I know what is what, and have always taken care of the main chance...

„Heaven's help is better than early rising.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 34.

„Let the worst come to the worst.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book III, Ch. 5.

„I tell thee, that is Mambrino's helmet.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book III, Ch. 7.

„Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book III, Ch. 8.

„Can we ever have too much of a good thing?“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book I, Ch. 6.

„I never saw a more dreadful battle in my born days.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book IV, Ch. 8.

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„When a man says, "Get out of my house! what would you have with my wife?"“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

there is no answer to be made.
Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 43.

„Love and War are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 21.

„I shall be as secret as the grave.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book IV, Ch. 62.

„Good wits jump; 45 a word to the wise is enough.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Variant: Good wits jump; 45 a word to the wise is enough.
Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 38.

„There's not the least thing can be said or done, but people will talk and find fault.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book II, Ch. 4.

„Remember the old saying, "Faint heart ne'er won fair lady."“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 10.

„Within a stone's throw of it.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book III, Ch. 9.

„A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world as a public indecency.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 22.

„Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes

Source: Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 42.

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