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1. "If on a friend's bookshelfYou cannot find Joyce or SterneCervantes, Rabelais, or Burton,You are in danger, face the fact,So kick him first or punch him hardAnd from him hide behind a curtain."
Author: Alexander Theroux
2. "You know the opinion of Cervantes? He said that reading a translation is like examining the back of a piece of tapestry."
Author: Carl Sagan
3. "Und so kam es, dass der Wein, der die Menschen ehrlich macht, wenn sie es am wenigsten brauchen, und ihnen Mut gibt, wenn sie besser feige blieben, Cervantes dazu brachte, ihnen die Geschichte in der Geschichte zu erzählen, das, was Mörder und Verrückte die Wahrheit nennen."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
4. "Erzählen Sie Don Antoni das mit Ihrer Komödie", ermunterte ihn Sancho. "Eigentlich ist es eine Tragödie", nuancierte Cervantes. "Und worin besteht der Unterschied, wenn der Meister meine grobe Unwissenheit in den feinen Dichtungsgattungen entschuldigt?" "Die Komödie lehrt uns, dass man das Leben nicht ernst nehmen darf, und die Tragödie lehrt uns, was geschieht, wenn wir dem keine Beachtung schenken, was uns die Komödie lehrt", erläuterte Cervantes."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
5. "Quixote shines from Lorca and Picasso, From Dally and El Greco, From the gloomy 'View of Toledo.' He was born before Cervantes."
Author: Dejan Stojanovic
6. "Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country."
Author: George Byron
7. "Mr. O'Donnell was at the library counter, performing the sort of grim rituals librarians perform with index cards and stumpy pencils and those rubber stamps with columns of rotating numbers. "Ms. Auerbach! What will it be today? Camus? Cervantes?" "Actually I'm looking for a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson"He paused somberly, toying with the twirled tip of his mustache. No matter how seriously librarians are engaged in their work, they are always glad to be interrupted when the theme is books. It makes no difference to them how simple the search is or how behind on time either of you might be running - they consider all queries scrupulously. They love to have their knowledge tested. They lie in wait, they will not be rushed."
Author: Hilary Thayer Hamann
8. "Salvador [Dali] was brought up in Spain, a country colored by the legends of Hannibal, El Greco, and Cervantes. I was brought up in Ohio, a region steeped in the tradition of Coxey's Army, the Anti-Saloon League, and William Howard Taft."
Author: James Thurber
9. "Cervantes' text and Menard's are verbally identical; but the second is almost infinitely richer."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
10. "In spite of these three obstacles, Menard's fragmentary _Quixote_ is more subtle than Cervantes'."
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
11. "In the literature of France Moliere occupies the same kind of position as Cervantes in that of Spain, Dante in that of Italy, and Shakespeare in that of England. His glory is more than national - it is universal."
Author: Lytton Strachey
12. "Under the Volcano" embraces everything from Dante to Freud to the cabala. Here it shambles like Cervantes, there it rages like Ahab, and every page of it pulsates on Out of Body Auto-Reply, that style of pure Lowry that points at once backward, to all European literature, and forward, to the mother of all nervous breakdowns."
Author: Malcolm Lowry
13. "Hell," he finished absurdly. "Because—" He produced a twenty-peso note and laid it on the table. "I like it," he called to them, through the open window, from outside. Cervantes stood behind the bar, with scared eyes, holding the cockerel. "I love hell. I can't wait to get back there. In fact I'm running, I'm almost back there already."
Author: Malcolm Lowry
14. "He who reads much and walks much, goes far and knows much," Miguel de Cervantes"
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
15. "Cuanto por parte de vos, Miguel de Cervantes, nos fue fecha relación que habíades compuesto un libro intitulado El ingenioso hidalgo de la Mancha, el cual os había costado mucho trabajo y era muy útil y provechoso,"
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
16. "There is a class whose value I should designate as Favorites: such as Froissart's Chronicles; Southey's Chronicle of the Cid ; Cervantes ; Sully's Memoirs ; Rabelais ; Montaigne ; Izaak Walton; Evelyn; Sir Thomas Browne; Aubrey ; Sterne ; Horace Walpole ; Lord Clarendon ; Doctor Johnson ; Burke, shedding floods of light on his times ; Lamb; Landor ; and De Quincey ;- a list, of course, that may easily be swelled, as dependent on individual caprice. Many men are as tender and irritable as lovers in reference to these predilections. Indeed, a man's library is a sort of harem, and I observe that tender readers have a great pudency in showing their books to a stranger."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
17. "A comparably capacious embrace of beauty and pleasure - an embrace that somehow extends to death as well as life, to dissolution as well as creation - characterizes Montaigne's restless reflections on matter in motion, Cervantes's chronicle of his mad knight, Michelangelo's depiction of flayed skin, Leonardo's sketches of whirlpools, Caravaggio's loving attention to the dirty soles of Christ's feet."
Author: Stephen Greenblatt
18. "The slight, the facile and the merely self-glorifying tend to drop away over the centuries, and what we are left with is the bedrock: Homer and Milton, the Greek tragedian and Shakespeare, Chaucer and Cervantes and Swift, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy and James and Conrad. Time does not make their voices fainter, on the contrary, it reinforces our sense of their truth-telling capacity."
Author: Wendy Lesser

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