François Rabelais

(1494-1553 / Chinon)

François Rabelais Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''The right moment wears a full head of hair: when it has been missed, you can't get it back; it's bald in the back of the head and never turns around.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ponocrates, in Gargantua, ch. 37, p. 103, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Have no fear that the wine [of my book] will fail, like happened at the wedding feast of Canna in Galilee. As much as I draw from the tap, I will replace in the bunghole. In this way the barrel will remain inexhaustible.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Third Book, prologue, p. 351, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Misery is the company of Lawsuits.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 20, p. 55, Pleiade edition (1995).

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