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Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS

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  • 11.
    If you wish to be good "Pantagruelists" (which is to say, live in peace, joy, health, and always dining well), never put too much faith in people who look out through a hole.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Alcofrybas to reader, in Pantagruel, ch. 34, p. 337, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 12.
    Early rising is no pleasure; early drinking's just the measure.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 21, p. 57, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 13.
    It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Prefatory poem, p. 3, Pleiade edition (1995). Author's apology for book.

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  • 14.
    A habit does not a monk make.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Prologue, p. 6, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 15.
    How can I govern others, who can't even govern myself?
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean to Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 52, p. 137, Pleiade edition (1995). Proverbial locution attributed to Socrates.
  • 16.
    Not anyone can be a cuckold. If you are a cuckold, ergo your wife will be beautiful, ergo you will be well treated by her; ergo you will have plenty of friends; ergo you will be saved.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 28, p. 439, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 17.
    My intention is not to provoke but to appease; not to assail but to defend; not to conquer but to protect my loyal subjects and hereditary properties.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 29, p. 84, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 18.
    Because just as arms have no force outside if there is no counsel within a house, study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to virtuous effect when the time calls.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 29, p. 84, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 19.
    I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 28, p. 83, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 20.
    The deed will be accomplished with the least amount of bloodshed possible, and, if possible ..., we'll save all the souls and send them happily off to their abode.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier to Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 29, p. 85, Pleiade edition (1995).
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