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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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  • Do you know what Agelisas said, when he was asked why the great city of Lacedomonie was not girded with walls? Because, pointing out the inhabitants and citizens of the city, so expert in military dis...
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel, in Pantagruel, ch. 15, p. 268, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''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).
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