11 Pieces of Advice from Miguel de Cervantes


Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is famously known for writing Don Quixote, often considered the first modern European novel. What you may not know is that Cervantes was a great lover of proverbs, claiming "Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience". He scatters these words of wisdom throughout his book, and many of them are still highly relevant today. Here are 11 of our favorite quotes.

Value is based on perception of worth, so Cervantes reminds us that if something is inexpensive then the item will be perceived as worth less than an item that is expensive. [Price your ebay listing accordingly.]

The scout motto of 'be prepared' could have been coined by Cervantes. He recommends that we always be prepared, because that is half of success.

Drunk people are completely oblivious and can't stop the word vomit from pouring out. So, if you want to keep any secrets or know what's going on around you, don't drink too much. 

We can forgive the sexism of this quote [I mean, come on, it was written 400 years ago. Times have changed a bit.] and apply it to bothe men and women. Cervantes is telling us that playing hard to get is the right way to get someone to love us. 

Cervantes recommends being realistic about yourself. You can always tell when someone thinks they are the 'bee's knees' or the 'cat's meow', but no one else really agrees. Don't be this person, get to know yourself and keep it real.

Here Cervantes warns us that certain activities have unavoidable consequences. Kind of like playing with fire and getting burned. Take precautions when entering into risky activities.

Time and experience will make you wise, at least according to Cervantes.

Misery loves company, we've all heard this phrase, but did you know that it may have originated with Cervantes?

When you're visiting traveling the world and meeting new people, try to embrace the local customs. It will help you fit in and really experience life as a different group of people do.

Miguel de Cervantes

Cervantes tells us that bravery is a balance between being cautious and leaping forward. Rushing straight in with no thought might be stupidity, not valor.

If you make a great plan, but then you wait to implement it, your plan will not be as great as when you created it. Plan, then act fast, and you'll be successful according to Cervantes,