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In Praise of the Warrior
(From “Don Quixote”)

Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de

Miguel De Cervantes

(Best known of Spanish novelists, 1547–1616; himself a soldier, captured and made a galley-slave in Algiers)

I AM not a barbarian, and I love letters, but let us beware of according them pre-eminence over arms, or even an equality with arms. The man of letters, it is very true, instructs and illuminates his fellows, softens manners, elevates minds, and teaches us justice, a beautiful and sublime science. But the warrior makes us observe justice. His object is to procure us the first and sweetest of blessings, peace, gentlest peace, so necessary to human happiness. This peace, adorable blessing, gift divine, source of happiness, this peace is the object of war. The warrior labors to procure it for us, and the warrior therefore performs the most useful labor in the world.