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Guzmán de Alfarache

Mateo AlemánOriginal title Guzmán de Alfarache (Spanish, 1599)

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„He soon retires (i.e., into a cloister) who finds religion late.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Source: Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604), Pt. II, Lib. I, Ch. III.

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„Better a thrifty son-in-law and poor, than a glutton who is rich.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. III, Ch. X.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„The doctor begins where the apothecary ends, and the clergyman where the doctor ends.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. III, Ch. V.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„The wise man's rule is worth much more to him than the fool's revenue.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. III, Ch. III.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„He who buys what he needs not, sells what he needs.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. III, Ch. III.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„It is the treason that finds favour, and not the traitor who is guilty of it.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. II, Ch. X.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„How oft he finds himself the last, who was the first to saddle.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. II, Ch. IX.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„A little pebble will a waggon overturn.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. II, Ch. VIII.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„Idleness is the open field of perdition, well tilled and sown with evil thoughts.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. II, Ch. VI.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„An unsatisfactory agreement is less harmful than a successful lawsuit.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. II, Lib. II, Ch. II.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„On a day when you can dine on dry bread in your own house, do not seek to eat tender peacocks in the house of another.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. I, Lib. III, Ch. X.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„Where wedges are worthless, the finger nails may serve.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. I, Lib. III, Ch. VIII.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„Even as there is no virtue which is wanting to the busy man, so there is no vice which does not bear the idle company.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Pt. I, Lib. II, Ch. VI.
Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604)

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„Even the ass wearies of work.“

—  Mateo Alemán, book Guzmán de Alfarache

Source: Guzmán de Alfarache (1599-1604), Pt. II, Lib. I, Ch. III.

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