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François Rabelais


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François Rabelais (c. 1494 – 9 April 1553) was a major French Renaissance writer, doctor, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, bawdy jokes and songs. His best known work is Gargantua and Pantagruel. more »

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  • ''Languages exist by arbitrary institutions and conventions among peoples; words, as the dialecticians tell us, do not signify naturally, but at our pleasure.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 19, p. 409, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 7, p. 372, Pleiade edition (1995). From Romans...
  • ''I've often heard it said, as the common proverb goes, that a fool can teach a wise man well.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 37, p. 468, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 29, p. 444, Pleiade edition (1995). paraphrase...
  • ''I'd gladly do without a valet. I'm never so well treated as when I'm without a valet.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Fifth Book, ch. 17, p. 764, Pleiade edition (1995).
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