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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Novelist
Nation: Spanish
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A person dishonored is worst than dead.

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That's the nature of women, not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.

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He preaches well that lives well.

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Laziness never arrived at the attainment of a good wish.

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Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.

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The eyes those silent tongues of love.

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There are only two families in the world, my old grandmother used to say, the Haves and the Have-nots.

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I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.

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In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

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Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.

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That which costs little is less valued.

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The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.

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There's no taking trout with dry breeches.

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Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.

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Valor lies just halfway between rashness and cowardice.

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A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.

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Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.

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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.

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Delay always breeds danger; and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.

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Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

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Every man is the son of his own works.

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Fear has many eyes and can see things underground.

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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.

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It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

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Jests that give pains are no jests.

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Liberty, as well as honor, man ought to preserve at the hazard of his life, for without it life is insupportable.

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Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.

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Man appoints, and God disappoints.

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Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.

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No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.

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One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.

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Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.

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Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.

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The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.

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The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

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There is no greater folly in the world than for a man to despair.

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There is nothing so subject to the inconstancy of fortune as war.

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Thou hast seen nothing yet.

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Tis a dainty thing to command, though twere but a flock of sheep.

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'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.

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To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there's more reason to fear than to hope.

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True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.

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Virtue is the truest nobility.

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Well, there's a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to lay us flat one time or other.

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When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.

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When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.

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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.

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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.

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Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.

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Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.

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Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.

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Diligence is the mother of good fortune, and idleness, its opposite, never brought a man to the goal of any of his best wishes.

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For a man to attain to an eminent degree in learning costs him time, watching, hunger, nakedness, dizziness in the head, weakness in the stomach, and other inconveniences.

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Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.

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From reading too much, and sleeping too little, his brain dried up on him and he lost his judgment.

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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.

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He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.

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A closed mouth catches no flies.

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It is one thing to praise discipline, and another to submit to it.

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Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.

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God bears with the wicked, but not forever.

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Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.

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Tis the only comfort of the miserable to have partners in their woes.

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Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.

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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

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Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.

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He had a face like a blessing.

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The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity.

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Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.

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Fair and softly goes far.

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No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.

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Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.

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To be prepared is half the victory.

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