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Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS

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  • 61.
    Every married man is in danger of being cuckolded. Cuckoldry is naturally one of the prerogatives of marriage.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Doctor Rondibilis to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 32, p. 453, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 62.
    How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise?
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Fifth Book, prologue, p. 723, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 63.
    How comes it that you curse, Frere Jean? It's only, said the monk, in order to embellish my language. They are the colors of Ciceronian rhetoric.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean to Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 39, p. 109, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 64.
    Indeed, said the monk, a mass, a matins, and vespers well rung are half-said.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean, in Gargantua, ch. 40, p. 111, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 65.
    A war undertaken without sufficient monies has but a wisp of force. Coins are the very sinews of battles.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean to Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 46, p. 126, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 66.
    The scent of wine, oh how much more agreeable, laughing, praying, celestial and delicious it is than that of oil!
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, prologue, p. 7, Pleiade edition (1995). Author's metaphorical praise of inspiration versus toil.
  • 67.
    To good and true love fear is forever affixed.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Fourth Book, ch. 3, p. 544, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 68.
    Ha! for a divine and lordly manor, there is nothing like solid ground.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Fourth Book, ch. 18, p. 583, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 69.
    A man of good sense always believes what he is told, and what he finds written down.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Gargantua, ch. 6, p. 22, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • 70.
    Nature abhors a vacuum.
    François Rabelais (c. 1494-1553), French monk, humanist, satirist, physician. Gargantua and Pantagruel, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1534), trans. by J.M. Cohen (1955). Originally a Latin proverb, "Natura abhorret vacuum."

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