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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:9440
AUTHOR:Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547–1616)
QUOTATION: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
ATTRIBUTION:Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. xxiii.
 
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]
 

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