Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS

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  • 31.
    You, in this or better thoughts, ease your pains, and drink up, if you can.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 1, p. 10, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 32.
    Misery is the company of Lawsuits.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 20, p. 55, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 33.
    I drink eternally. For me it is an eternity of drinking, and a drinking up of eternity.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Words of a drinker, in Gargantua, ch. 5, p. 18, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 34.
    The remedy for thirst? It is the opposite of the one for a dog bite: run always after a dog, he'll never bite you; drink always before thirst, and it will never overtake you.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Words of a drinker, in Gargantua, ch. 5, p. 19, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 35.
    From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Toucquedillon, in Gargantua, ch. 32, p. 91, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 36.
    I recognize in [my readers] a specific form and individual property, which our predecessors called Pantagruelism, by means of which they never take anything the wrong way that they know to stem from good, honest and loyal hearts.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Third Book, prologue, p. 351, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 37.
    Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Rondibilis Jean to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 31, p. 450, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 38.
    Shit, shit, said Pichrocole, you remind me of Melun eels. You scream before you've even been skinned.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Picrochole, in Gargantua, ch. 47, p. 129, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 39.
    If the head is lost, all that perishes is the individual; if the balls are lost, all of human nature perishes.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge to Pantagruel, in Third Book, ch. 8, p. 375, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 40.
    In your presence, I swear by the Styx and the Acheron never more to wear glasses on my bonnet, nor a codpiece on my breeches, until, concerning my undertaking, I have heard the word of the Divine Bottle.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge to Pantagruel, in Third Book, ch. 47, p. 494, Pleiade edition (1995).
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