Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS

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  • 21.
    Such is the nature and make-up of the French that they are only good at the start. Then they are worse than devils, but, given time, they're less than women.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gymnaste, in Gargantua, ch. 48, p. 129, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 22.
    One should never pursue the hazards of fortune to their very ends and ... it behooves all adventurers to treat their good luck with reverence, neither bothering nor upsetting it.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gymnaste, in Gargantua, ch. 35, p. 99, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 23.
    Oh how unhappy is the prince served by such men who are so easily corrupted.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Hastiveau to Picrochole, in Gargantua, ch. 47, p. 128, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 24.
    It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Judge Bridoye, in Third Book, ch. 40, p. 478, Pleiade edition (1995). See Erasmus, Adagia, II, iv, 17 "Tempus omnia ruelat."

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  • 25.
    Suddenly, Pantagruel felt like pissing, because of the drugs Panurge had given him, and he pissed throughout the camp so nicely and so copiously that he drowned everything and there was a new flood ten leagues around.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel, ch. 28, p. 315, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 26.
    An old monkey never makes a pretty face.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Third Book, prologue, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 27.
    Time, which wears down and diminishes all things, augments and increases good deeds, because a good turn liberally offered to a reasonable man grows continually through noble thought and memory.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 50, p. 134, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 28.
    And then this word was heard: "Trinch."
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Fifth Book, ch. 44, p. 833, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 29.
    I place no hope in my strength, nor in my works: but all my confidence is in God my protector, who never abandons those who have put all their hope and thought in him.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel, in Pantagruel, ch. 28, p. 312, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 30.
    Don't limp in front of the lame.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 20, p. 54, Pleiade edition (1995).
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