François Rabelais

(1494-1553 / Chinon)

François Rabelais Quotes

  • ''Languages exist by arbitrary institutions and conventions among peoples; words, as the dialecticians tell us, do not signify naturally, but at our pleasure.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 19, p. 409, Pleiade edition (1995).
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  • ''Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 7, p. 372, Pleiade edition (1995). From Romans, 14: 5.
  • ''I've often heard it said, as the common proverb goes, that a fool can teach a wise man well.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 37, p. 468, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 29, p. 444, Pleiade edition (1995). paraphrase of St. Paul's opinion on marriage.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Nature made the day for exercise, work and seeing to one's business; and ... it provides us with a candle, which is to say the bright and joyous light of the sun.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 15, p. 397, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''I build only living stones—men.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 6, p. 370, Pleiade edition (1995). Ironic allusion to 1 Peter 2:4-5.
  • ''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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