Don Quixote "Born With A Silver Spoon In His Mouth"
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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"Born With A Silver Spoon In His Mouth"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: When babies teethed with spoons, only the babies of wealthy families would have silver spoons in their mouths. The thought of his own money passes through Sancho Panza's head as he goes home so bedraggled that his wife declares he looks "liker a shark than a governor." His master has been conquered by the Knight of the White Moon and condemned to abandon knight-errantry for a year. However, the squire comforts himself with proverbs and tells his wife not to worry:

. . . Mum, Teresa, . . .'tis not all gold that glisters, and every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. First let us go home, and then I'll tell thee wonders. I've taken care of the main chance. Money I have, old girl, and I came honestly by it, without wronging any body.