Don Quixote

by: Miguel de Cervantes

The Second Part, Chapters XXII–XXVIII

Quotes The Second Part, Chapters XXII–XXVIII
1

I am now convinced, said Don Quixote, that he who reads and travels much will see and learn a great deal. This observation I make, because no arguments would have been sufficient to persuade me that there are apes in the world, endowed with the gift of divination, as I have this day seen with my own eyes[.]

2

Don Quixote, seeing such a number of Moors, and hearing this uproar, thought it was incumbent upon him to assist the fugitives; and therefore, starting up, he pronounced with a loud voice, “Never while I breathe will I consent that such an injury should be done in my presence to a knight so famous, daring and enamoured as is Don Gaiferos: desist, ye base born rabble; seek not to follow and punish him, but, face me in battle, if you dare.” With these words and actions he unsheathed his sword, and springing up to the puppet-show, began with incredible agility and fury to lay about him among the Moorish puppets, demolishing some, beheading others, maiming this, and hacking that[.]

3

Abundantly better should I have done, but, I am such a barbarian, that in all the days of my life, I never did well; I say again, abundantly better should I have done, had I returned to my house, my wife, and my children, and maintained and brought them up with what Providence should please to bestow; rather than lag after your worship in this manner, through roadless roads and pathless paths, drinking bad liquor and eating worse food[.]