Preparation is Part 1 of Fighting a Battle

“He who is prepared has his battle half fought…”

Miguel de Cervantes (in Don Quixote, 1615)

The full quote states “He who is prepared has his battle half fought; nothing is lost by my preparing myself, for I know by experience that I have enemies, visible and invisible, and I know not when, or where, or at what moment, or in what shapes they will attack me;” (The Literature Network, 2015).

Interesting Facts (Biography, n.d.)

  • Miguel de Cervantes was born near Madrid in 1547.
  • He became a soldier in 1570 and was badly wounded in the Battle of Lepanto.
  • Captured by the Turks in 1575, Cervantes spent five years in prison before he was ransomed and returned home.
  • After less successful earlier efforts, Cervantes finally achieved literary success in his later years, publishing the first part of Don Quixote in 1605.
  • He died in 1616.

Reference

Biography (n.d.) Miguel de Cervantes Biography. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.biography.com/people/miguel-de-cervantes-9242997. [Accessed: 07 August, 2016].

The Literature Network (2015) Chapter XVII. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.online-literature.com/cervantes/don_quixote/75/. [Accessed: 07 August, 2016].

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