There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.
Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.
There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.
Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
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.
There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.
No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.
Every man is the son of his own works.
A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
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.
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.
Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
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.
When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.
Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable
There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots.
Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.
To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope.
Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.
Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
God bears with the wicked, but not forever.
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.
Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.
It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.
The pen is the tongue of the mind.
It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.
One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.
Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – 22 April 1616), was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists...