My quote for Day #2 comes from Don Quixote. If you’ve been reading along here then you know that I (finally) finished Don Quixote in March and that it was a long time coming. For such a big book, I didn’t copy down a lot of quotes but here’s one I did like:
Honour is something that a poor man can have, but not a dissolute one; poverty can cast a cloud over nobility, but cannot hide it altogether; but if virtue gives out a glimmer of light, even if only through the chinks and straits of penury, it will be valued and therefore favoured by lofty and noble spirits.
Don Quixote is, of course, famously insane. He’s best known for his mad adventures and delusions. On the flip side of that though is that, throughout the book, others are often amazed by how sane he can sound when speaking of serious matters. Crazy as he may be, Don Quixote has some very noble ideals and upholds an admirable standard of behaviour and belief.
There’s something uniquely lovely in reading a book written hundreds of years ago and finding yourself agreeing with the author. (Though there was lots that Cervantes and I did not see eye-to-eye on!)
What are your favourite quotes? Something you’ve read recently or loved for years? Share it on your own blog or in the comments!