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
He has done like Orbaneja, the painter of Ubeda, who, being asked what he painted, answered, As it may hit; and when he had scrawled out a misshapen cock, was forced to write underneath, in Gothic letters, This is a cock.3
Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.
Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iv.
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.Jarviss translation. [back]
Note 2. For let our finger ache, and it endues Our other healthful members even to that sense Of pain.Othello, act iii. sc. 4. [back]
Note 3. The painter Orbaneja of Ubeda, if he chanced to draw a cock, he wrote under it, This is a cock, lest the people should take it for a fox.Jarviss translation. [back]