Brilliant phrases by Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, is the creator of Don Quixote. He is also the author of other works such as La Galatea, Rinconete and Cortadillo, and his Exemplary Novels among many others such as El cerco de Numancia or La Cueva de Salamanca. However, despite the importance of his work and his contribution to Spanish culture, many people know very little about the man outside of his work.

He was part of a very large family

Miguel De Cervantes He was born in Alcalá de Henares and was the fourth of the seven children of Rodrigo Cervantes, who worked as a surgeon, and Leonor de Cortinas, who could read and write, a rare skill for women of the time. Her firstborn, Andrés, died a few days after birth. In 1544, Andrea, the eldest of the sisters, was born. Then came Luisa in 1546, who later decided to join the Catholic Church as a nun. Miguel de Cervantes, the oldest of the surviving children, was born in 1547, three years before his younger brother, Rodrigo. The youngest of the children were Magdalena, who died five years before Cervantes himself, and the youngest, Juan, born in 1555 and who died on an unknown date.

On September 29, 1547, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of Don Quixote de La Mancha, was born. We select some of his best phrases:

“To do villains good is to pour water into the sea.”

“He who does not know how to enjoy happiness when it comes to him, should not complain if it happens.”

“No science, in terms of science, deceives; the deceit is in those who do not know it.”

“The truth is thin and does not break, and always walks on lies like oil on water.”

“He who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot.”

“Do not walk, Sancho, downcast and lazy, the disheveled dress gives indications of dismal spirit.”

“Be brief in your reasoning, that none are happy if it is long.”

“Eat little and eat less, the health of the whole body is forged in the stomach office.”

“Each one is as God made him, and even worse many times.”

“The year that is abundant with poetry, it is usually hungry.”

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