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1. "Ergenlik suçlamalari,boyutlari ne olursa olsun,insanligin çektigi acilarin karmasikligini bir anda ortadan kaldiri veriyordu.Eger ergenlik suçlamasini edebiyat yapitlarina uyarlayacak olsaydik,dünya üzerindeki bütün edebiyat elestirmenleri islerinden olurdu.Hamlet'in,Raskolnikov'un ve Genç Werther'in sirri neydi?Erganlik bunalimlari tabi.Peki ya Don Quixote veya Humbert Humbert?Onda ne var canim,yanit:Orta yas bunalimlari.Öyleyse zavalli Anna Karenina'yi nasil açiklamaliydi?Yanit gayet baitti: regl öncesi sendromu,bir de fazla salgilanan hormonlar."
Author: Alain De Botton
2. "Within every one of us there lives both a Don Quixote and aSancho Panza to whom we hearken by turns; and though Sanchomost persuades us, it is Don Quixote that we find ourselves obligedto admire..."
Author: Anatole France
3. "Don Quixote's 'Delusions' is an excellent read - far better than my own forthcoming travel book, 'Walking Backwards Across Tuscany.'"
Author: Arthur Smith
4. "Don Quixote is one that comes to mind in comparison to mine, in that they both involve journeys undertaken by older men. That is unusual, because generally the hero of a journey story is very young."
Author: David Guterson
5. "Don Quixote is not just Don Quixote; La Mancha is not just geography; It is our personal territory—Terra Nostra."
Author: Dejan Stojanovic
6. "The apprenticeship to passivity—I know nothing more contrary to our habits. (The modern age begins with two hysterics: Don Quixote and Luther.) If we make time, produce and elaborate it, we do so out of our repugnance to the hegemony of essence and to the contemplative submission it presupposes. Taoism seems to me wisdom's first and last word: yet I resist it, my instincts reject it, as they refuse to endure anything—the heredity of revolt is too much for us. Our disease? Centuries of attention to time, the idolatry of becoming. What recourse to China or India will heal us?"
Author: Emil Cioran
7. "Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza."
Author: Franz Kafka
8. "Today we read of Don Quixote with a bitter taste in the mouth, it isalmost an ordeal, which would make us seem very strange and incomprehensibleto the author and his contemporaries, – they read it with a clearconscience as the funniest of books, it made them nearly laugh themselvesto death).To see suffering does you good, to make suffer, better still – thatOn the Genealogy of Morality4248 See below, Supplementary material, pp. 153–4.49 See below, Supplementary material, pp. 137–9, pp. 140–1, pp. 143–4.50 Don Quixote, Book II, chs 31–7.is a hard proposition, but an ancient, powerful, human-all-too-humanproposition to which, by the way, even the apes might subscribe: as peoplesay, in thinking up bizarre cruelties they anticipate and, as it were, act outa ‘demonstration' of what man will do. No cruelty, no feast: that is whatthe oldest and longest period in human history teaches us – and punishment,too, has such very strong festive aspects! –"
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
9. "Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
10. "The mass of mankind is divided into two classes, the Sancho Panzas who have a sense for reality, but no ideals, and the Don Quixotes with a sense for ideals, but mad."
Author: George Santayana
11. "[On the eve of the French Revolution:]It is impossible to imagine a more disorderly Assembly. They neither reason, examine, nor discuss. They clap those whom they approve and hiss those whom they disapprove. . . .Everything almost is elective, and consequently no one obeys. It is an anarchy beyond conception, and they will be obliged to take back their chains for some time to come at least. And so much for that licentious spirit which they dignify with the name of "Love of Liberty." Their Literati, whose heads are turned by romantic notions picked up in books, and who are too lofty to look down upon that kind of man which really exists, and too wise to heed the dictates of common-sense and experience, have turned the heads of their countrymen, and they have run-a-muck at a Don Quixote constitution such as you are blessed with in Pennsylvania. I need say no more. You will judge of the effects of such a constitution upon people supremely depraved."
Author: Gouverneur Morris
12. "If it had been easy for Romeo to get to Juliet, nobody would have cared. Same goes for Cyrano and Don Quixote and Gatsby and their respective paramours. What captures the imagination is watching men throw themselves at a brick wall over and over again, and wondering if this is the time that they won't be able to get back up."
Author: Jodi Picoult
13. "There is no way to tell if we are the pioneers of a visionary new age, whisking humanity into the high vibrations of an interdimensional love party, or post-modern Don Quixotes attacking techno-industrial windmills with our flimsy, rolled-up yoga mats."
Author: Jonathan Talat Phillips
14. "To think, analyze and invent, he [Pierre Menard] also wrote me, "are not anomalous acts, but the normal respiration of the intelligence. To glorify the occasional fulfillment of this function, to treasure ancient thoughts of others, to remember with incredulous amazement that the doctor universal is thought, is to confess our languor or barbarism. Every man should be capable of all ideas, and I believe that in the future he will be." (Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote, 1939)"
Author: Jorge Luis Borges
15. "Don Quixotes! Stand aback from my windmill!"
Author: Lara Biyuts
16. "I'd given him bits and pieces of my peculiar life, but colored softer and funnier than they had been. I'd painted my dad as Don Quixote in a semi, on a quest for philosophical truths and the best cup of coffee in the nation."
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
17. "In a sense, Joyce was Beckett's Don Quixote, and Beckett was his Sancho Panza. Joyce aspired to the One; Beckett encapsulated the fragmented many. But as each author accomplished his task, it was in the service of the other. Ultimately, Beckett's landscapes would resound with articulate silence, and his empty spaces would collect within themselves the richness of multiple shadows--a physicist would say the negative particles--of all that exists in absence, as in the white patches of an Abstract Expressionist painting. Becket would evoke, on his canvasses of vast innuendo and through the interstices of conscious and unconscious thought, the richness that Joyce had made explicit in words and intricate structure."
Author: Lois Gordon
18. "While clearly an impregnable masterpiece, Don Quixote suffers from one fairly serious flaw—that of outright unreadability."
Author: Martin Amis
19. "O Don Quixote, wise as thou art brave,La Mancha's splendor and of Spain the star!To thee I say that if the peerless maid,Dulcinea del Toboso, is to be restoredto the state that was once hers, it needs must bethat thy squire Sancho take on his bared behind,those sturdy buttocks, must consent to takethree thousand lashes and three hundred more,and well laid on, that they may sting and smart;for those are the authors of her woehave thus resolved, and that is why I've come,This, gentles, is the word I bring to you."
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
20. "I do not insist," answered Don Quixote, "that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin."
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
21. "There is remedy for all things except death - Don Quixote De La Mancha"
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
22. "All of that is true,' responded Don Quixote, ‘but we cannot all be friars, and God brings His children to heaven by many paths: chivalry is a religion, and there are sainted knights in Glory.'Yes,' responded Sancho, ‘but I've heard that there are more friars in heaven than knights errant.'That is true,' responded Don Quixote, ‘because the number of religious is greater than the number of knights.'There are many who are errant,' said Sancho.Many,' responded Don Quixote, ‘but few who deserve to be called knights."
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
23. "For me alone Don Quixote was born and I for him. His was the power of action, mine of writing."
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
24. "It is a balsam," answered Don Quixote, "the receipt of which I have in my memory, with which one need have no fear of death, or dread dying of any wound; and so when I make it and give it to thee thou hast nothing to do when in some battle thou seest they have cut me in half through the middle of the body—as is wont to happen frequently,—but neatly and with great nicety, ere the blood congeal, to place that portion of the body which shall have fallen to the ground upon the other half which remains in the saddle, taking care to fit it on evenly and exactly. Then thou shalt give me to drink but two drops of the balsam I have mentioned, and thou shalt see me become sounder than an apple."
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
25. "At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire, "Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and it is God's good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of the earth." "What giants?" said Sancho Panza."
Author: Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
26. "When Don Quixote went out into the world, that world turned into a mystery before his eyes. That is the legacy of the first European novel to the entire subsequent history of the novel. The novel teaches us to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude."
Author: Milan Kundera
27. "A man on a quest. A Don Quixote searching for his Dulcinea. But keep in mind my good friend, Don Quixote never found his Dulcinea, did he? He did not. There sometimes isn't much difference between a knight's quest and a fool's errand."
Author: Morgan Matson
28. "Don Quixote could never manage without his patient servant Sancho Panza."
Author: Nicholas Tucker
29. "I'm not interested in being Don Quixote. I'm interested in running the City of New York."
Author: Sal Albanese
30. "The reader of Plato joins Socrates in inquiry, as Sancho Panza joined Don Quixote, for adventures of the mind. And although there is a deep consent, like a fire kindled deep in the mind, there is always a tension between the squire and the knight-errant, the little man with proverbs for wisdom riding on a donkey and the knight with the piercing eye riding on a horse, those two parts of each human soul. The intellectual destiny that each of us has depends upon who gets the upper hand, knight or squire."
Author: Scott M. Buchanan
31. "Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote."
Author: Stanisław Lem
32. "You are Joseph the dreamer of dreams, dear Jude.And a tragic Don Quixote. And sometimes you are St. Stephen, who, while theywere stoning him, could see Heaven opened. Oh, my poor friend and comrade,you'll suffer yet!"
Author: Thomas Hardy
33. "When I hear another express an opinion which is not mine, I say to myself, he has a right to his opinion, as I to mine. Why should I question it? His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixote, to bring all men by force of argument to one opinion? ...Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially in politics."
Author: Thomas Jefferson
34. "Read Don Quixote; it is a very good book; I still read it frequently."
Author: Thomas Sydenham
35. "We have inhabited both the actual and the imaginary realms for a long time. But we don't live in either place the way our parents or ancestors did. Enchantment alters with age, and with the age.We know a dozen Arthurs now, all of them true. The Shire changed irrevocably even in Bilbo's lifetime. Don Quixote went riding out to Argentina and met Jorge Luis Borges there. Plus c'est la même chose, plus ça change."
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
36. "Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self."
Author: W.H. Auden

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