Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS

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  • 51.
    When my soul leaves this human dwelling, I will not consider myself to have completely died, but to pass from one state to another, given that, in you and by you, I remain in my visible image in this world.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua to Pantagruel, in Pantagruel, ch. 8, p. 242, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 52.
    If you understand why a monkey in a family is always mocked and harassed, you understand why monks are rejected by all—both old and young.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 40, p. 110, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 53.
    It is, said Gargantua, as Plato said ... that republics will be happy when kings philosophize or philosophers reign.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 45, p. 124, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 54.
    DO AS YOU WISH.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Gargantua, ch. 57, p. 149, Pleiade edition (1995). Motto for those living in the utopian, ideal "Abbey of Theleme."
  • 55.
    Giving words [is] an act of lovers.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel, in Fourth Book, ch. 56, p. 670, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 56.
    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).
  • 57.
    And tough shit for money. Some day I'll have only too much: because I have a philosopher's stone that draws money from purses, like a magnet attracts iron.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Pantagruel, ch. 17, p. 277, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 58.
    For he who can wait, everything comes in time.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Fourth Book, ch. 48, p. 650, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 59.
    In this mortal life, nothing is blessed throughout.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. The potentate, in Fourth Book, ch. 44, p. 640, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 60.
    A little rain beats down a big wind. Long drinking bouts break open the tun(der).
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 5, p. 19, Pleiade edition (1995). in the original: "Petit pluye abat grand vend. Longue beuvettes rompent le tonnoire." Pun on "tonnerre."

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