Quotation by Miguel De Cervantes

And for the citation of so many authors, 'tis the easiest thing in nature. Find out one of these books with an alphabetical index, and without any farther ceremony, remove it verbatim into your own ... there are fools enough to be thus drawn into an opinion of the work; at least, such a flourishing train of attendants will give your book a fashionable air, and recommend it for sale.
Miguel De Cervantes (1547–1616), Spanish writer. Don Quixote, pt. 1, prologue, trans. by P. Motteux (1605).

It is thought that Cervantes was alluding to Lope de Vega's book, El Peregrino y el Isidro, which included a list of cited authors in alphabetical order.
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