Miguel de Cervantes
‘Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
I believe there’s no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.
There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.
Every man is the son of his own works.
Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.
A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.
Fair and softly goes far.
A person dishonored is worst than dead.
He preaches well that lives well.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.