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Don Quixote de la Mancha


I’d painted my dad as Don Quixote in a semi, on a quest for philosophical truths and the best cup of coffee in the nation.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  comedic book written by Spaniard, Miguel de Cervantes which satirizes chivalry; some think the finest book written in Spanish and certainly one that influenced literature that followed (1605)
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Don Quixote Don Quixote de la Mancha
Strongly Associated with:   Miguel de Cervantes
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The word "quixotic" (based on the title character) has come to describe any  impractical idealist or fanciful and hopeless cause.

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  • I’d painted my dad as Don Quixote in a semi, on a quest for philosophical truths and the best cup of coffee in the nation.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He said if I warn’t so ignorant, but had read a book called Don Quixote, I would know without asking.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • He borrowed this from "Don Quixote," the only book he had ever read, but which he still slightly remembered.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In a word, my man thus accoutred, looked upon himself as great as Don Quixote, when that celebrated champion went to combat the windmill.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe

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  • Time and money afford one such lovely luxuries, wouldn’t you say? A regular Don Quixote, that one.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • DE GUICHE (who has controlled himself—smiling): Have you read ’Don Quixote’?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • We do not think of Don Quixote but of Leonidas.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They remind one of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "I would gladly eat a bit of something," said Don Quixote, "for I feel it would come very seasonably."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • From that blessed little room, Roderick Random, Peregrine Pickle, Humphrey Clinker, Tom Jones, the Vicar of Wakefield, Don Quixote, Gil Blas, and Robinson Crusoe, came out, a glorious host, to keep me company.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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  • And a tragic Don Quixote.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I had played Don Quixote often enough in my difficult, crazed life, had put honor before comfort, and heroism before reason.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • A few months after my defection, Ben cast me in the technically challenging Don Quixote pas de deux for a national tour.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • And this feeling had been more painfully perceived by young d’Artagnan—for so was the Don Quixote of this second Rosinante named—from his not being able to conceal from himself the ridiculous appearance that such a steed gave him, good horseman as he was.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • ’Just so,’ answered Don Quixote: ’and that resplendent object is the helmet of Mambrino.’
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 2, and Strauss’s Don Quixote.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • "Don Quixote," "Wilhelm Meister," and the Koran, she reflected that no one she knew, not even her father, had read all four.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • In which is introduced one of the pleasantest barbers that was ever recorded in history, the barber of Bagdad, or he in Don Quixote, not excepted.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Or even Don Quixote, for that thing was about the size of a windmill.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • DUDARD: You’re a Don Quixote.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • The old man crossed the room to another bookcase, opening its glass door and removing an early edition of Don Quixote.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • But just as Don Quixote had his mythical battle against the one-eyed giants, Angel and his eight fellow Sancho Panzas were ready for the challenge.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • She laughed when, about a week later, she happened to notice the name of the book, and saw that it was Don Quixote, but it would be difficult to say exactly why.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • And because my planned trip had aroused some satiric remarks among my friends, I named it Rocinante, which you will remember was the name of Don Quixote’s horse.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • They are often saner and shrewder than the philosophers just as Sancho-Panza was often saner and shrewder than Don Quixote.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • With the force of his imagination and will, Don Quixote insists on seeing this raped and beaten woman as his sweet and lovely maiden Dulcinea.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • A Spanish poet and romancer of the sixteenth century, the author of Don Quixote.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • His error does me no injury, and shall I become a Don Quixote, to bring all men by force of argument to one opinion?
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • To cheat his impatience Philip began to teach himself Spanish, and in the deserted sitting-room in Harrington Street he spent an hour every evening doing Spanish exercises and puzzling out with an English translation by his side the magnificent phrases of Don Quixote.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • As "Three high-backed chairs, a table and cover, long-necked bottle (containing wine), one flask, one Spanish female’s costume, three-quarter face portrait of Miss Jogg the model, and a suit of armour containing Don Quixote."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • John Adams’s irrepressible desire was to seize hold of it, and at times his was to be the path of Don Quixote.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Ultimately, Don Quixote had a hard time loving chaste and pure from afar.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • "On board all day, reading Don Quixote," was the single entry for May 18.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Following a song and scene called "The Abduction," where Aldonza is kidnapped, and, it is implied, gang-raped, Don Quixote comes upon her after she has been discarded by her captors.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • When his swagger is exhausted he drivels into erotic poetry or sentimental uxoriousness; and the Tennysonian King Arthur posing as Guinevere becomes Don Quixote grovelling before Dulcinea.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Don Quixote would transfer to Penn; my father wrote him a passionate letter of recommendation.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • Don Quixote said in reply that she would do him a favour if thenceforward she assumed the "Don" and called herself Dona Tolosa.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Lies before me, base clown!" said Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The farmer hung his head, and without a word untied his servant, of whom Don Quixote asked how much his master owed him.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Don Quixote added it up, found that it came to sixty-three reals, and told the farmer to pay it down immediately, if he did not want to die for it.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "That matters little," replied Don Quixote; "there may be Haldudos knights; moreover, everyone is the son of his works."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They did so, and the curate questioned the peasant at great length as to how he had found Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "He must have said Friston," said Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Well, who doubts it?" said Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Don Quixote did not care to break his fast, for, as has been already said, he confined himself to savoury recollections for nourishment.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "That I grant," said Don Quixote, "but in this matter of aiding me against knights thou must put a restraint upon thy natural impetuosity."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Sancho answered them that this fell to him lawfully as spoil of the battle which his lord Don Quixote had won.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Then, on the faith of that promise," said Don Quixote, "I shall do him no further harm, though he well deserves it of me."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "With less than three reals, six quarts of it may be made," said Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Don Quixote seated himself, and Sancho remained standing to serve the cup, which was made of horn.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Don Quixote de la Mancha [4] , Miguel de Cervantes [8] , Sherlock Holmes [4] , Henry James [6] , Samuel Johnson [6] , David Copperfield [7] , Ralph Waldo Emerson [7] , The Hound of the Baskervilles [7] , Candide [8] , Franz Kafka [8] , Rabindranath Tagore [9]
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