Quotes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

"Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind."

"The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks, and it always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water."

"The proof of the pudding is the eating."

"When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!"

"All I know is that while I’m asleep, I’m never afraid, and I have no hopes, no struggles, no glories — and bless the man who invented sleep, a cloak over all human thought, food that drives away hunger, water that banishes thirst, fire that heats up cold, chill that moderates passion, and, finally, universal currency with which all things can be bought, weight and balance that brings the shepherd and the king, the fool and the wise, to the same level. There’s only one bad thing about sleep, as far as I’ve ever heard, and that is that it resembles death, since there’s very little difference between a sleeping man and a corpse."

Books by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

  • Exemplary Stories
  • 1,469 ratings
  • July 23rd 1998 by Oxford University Press

    (first published 1613)

  • La gitanilla
  • 863 ratings
  • May 1st 2000 by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

    (first published 1613)

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra