Quixote

the don

“Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth.”

“What giants?” Asked Sancho Panza.

“The ones you can see over there,” answered his master, “with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long.”

“Now look, your grace,” said Sancho, “what you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone.”

“Obviously,” replied Don Quijote, “you don’t know much about adventures.”

― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

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  • Rummuser Jun 19, 2014

    One of the most endearing characters in fiction and it is difficult not to admire him for his sheer audacity and spirit of adventure. And what a quote Mike!
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    • Mike Jun 19, 2014

      Audacity and spirit of adventure with a slight case of dementia. 😉

  • Cheerful Monk Jun 20, 2014

    It ‘s like Bush and the neocons in Iraq, isn’t it? We would overthrow Saddam and create a vibrant Iraqi democracy that would be a model for the rest of the Middle East. Economic success would erase all the old religious hatreds and unite people. Yes, Don Quixote lives on!

    Do you admire the U.S.’s audacity too, Rummuser? 😉
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    • Mike Jun 20, 2014

      Removal of Sadaam Hussein had been the official policy of the United States for over 2 years before Bush was “elected.” According to Wesley Clark, if the plans for had Iraq had been successful, there were discussions of following it up with Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.

      Windmills, indeed.
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