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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. (1547–1616) (continued)
    I will take my corporal oath on it.
          Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. x.
    It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.
          Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap xi.
    I would have nobody to control me; I would be absolute: and who but I? Now, he that is absolute can do what he likes; he that can do what he likes can take his pleasure; he that can take his pleasure can be content; and he that can be content has no more to desire. So the matter ’s over; and come what will come, I am satisfied. 1
          Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. xxiii.
    When the head aches, all the members partake of the pain. 2
          Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. ii.
    He has done like Orbaneja, the painter of Ubeda, who, being asked what he painted, answered, “As it may hit;” and when he had scrawled out a misshapen cock, was forced to write underneath, in Gothic letters, “This is a cock.” 3
          Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iii.
    There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a dish of fritters.
          Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iii.
    “There is no book so bad,” said the bachelor, “but something good may be found in it.” 4
          Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iii.
    Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
          Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iv.
Note 1.
I would do what I pleased; and doing what I pleased, I should have my will; and having my will, I should be contented; and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of it.—Jarvis’s translation. [back]
Note 2.
For let our finger ache, and it endues
Our other healthful members even to that sense
Of pain.—Othello, act iii. sc. 4. [back]
Note 3.
The painter Orbaneja of Ubeda, if he chanced to draw a cock, he wrote under it, “This is a cock,” lest the people should take it for a fox.—Jarvis’s translation. [back]
Note 4.
See Pliny the Younger, Quotation 6. [back]