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Volume 1, Issue 1
Spring 2005:

Sayings Wise and Old

Richard Sobel

Cell 2 Soul. 2005 Spring; 1(1):a12

Advice and sayings of Sancho Panza, faithful squire to the Knight of the Sad Countenance, Don Quixote.

  • "Griefs were not made for beasts, but for man. Yet if men feel them too deeply they turn to beasts."
  • "Greed bursts the bag."
  • "Madness needs more companions and messmates than wisdom."
  • "There's no road so smooth that it hasn't some obstruction or hole."
  • "Time takes care enough to rob us of our lives, without going out to look for ways of ending them before their due time."
  • "Love looks through spectacles that make copper seem like gold, poverty like riches, and eye-rheum like pearls."
  • "The drum is in hands that knows well how to use it."
  • "There's still the tail to skin. What I've said so far is tarts and gingerbread."
  • "One shouldn't talk of halters in the hanged man's house."
  • "Let every man lay his hand on his heart and not set himself up to call white black and black white, for everyone is as God made him, and often a good deal worse."
  • "Death is deaf, and when it comes to knock on our life's doors it's always in haste."
  • "Let them eat the lie and swallow it with their bread."
  • "Plenty of people expect to find bacon where there's not so much as a hook to hang it on."
  • "Every man's the son of his own deeds."
  • "Do not expect pears from elm trees."
  • "A good hope is better than poor possessions."
  • "God bless the inventor of sleep, the cloak that covers all man's thoughts, the food that cures all hunger, the water that quenches all thirst, the fire that warms the cold, the cold that cools the heat, the common coin, in short, that can purchase all things, the balancing weight that levels the shepherd with the king, and the simple with the wise."
  • "Make yourself honey and the flies will suck you."
  • "A man's pretty unlucky if he hasn't broken his fast by two in the afternoon."
  • "Good ears need few words."
  • "You may lose as much by a card too many as by a card too few."
  • "An ass covered with gold looks better than a horse with a pack saddle."
  • "It's no use lying about the price; your purse always knows better."
  • "He who had good and chose bad must not be vexed for the ill he had."

The quotations, some slightly modified if they were fragments of a sentence, are all taken from: The Adventures of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, translated by J.M. Cohen, the Penguin Books, Harmondsworth Middlesex 1950 edition.

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