Love for Words – Quixotic

February 11, 2019
___ Quixotic originates from the character Don Quixote, one of the most renowned literary hopeless romantics.

Don Quixote is the hero of The Ingenious Don Quixote of La Mancha” (in Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), 17th century novel by Miguel de Cervantes.  This literary piece made way to the modern day musical Man of La Mancha. defines “Quixotic” as:
1. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
2. extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
3. impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.

While Don Quixote’s romantic qualities are referred to as rash or impractical per the “Quixotic” definition, many of us would relish having his ambition, that is well depicted in the Man of La Mancha song our hero sings “The Impossible Dream.”

He expresses the passion “To dream the impossible dream … To right the unrightable wrong … To reach the unreachable star.” While many of us cannot fathom penciling it in to the daily grind, Don Quixote declares, “This is my quest!”

So, describing someone, their actions  or goals, for example, as “quixotic,” suggests  lofty, unrealistic or unconventionally ambitious to a precarious degree. It does not render “impossible.”

While quixotic is named after Don Quixote, there are definitely female, or Dona [DOHN-ya] Quixotes out there.

Are you quixotic? Do you know someone who is?


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