François Rabelais

(1494-1553 / Chinon)

François Rabelais Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''Don't limp in front of the lame.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 20, p. 54, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''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).
  • ''Early rising is no pleasure; early drinking's just the measure.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Ch. 21, p. 57, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Prefatory poem, p. 3, Pleiade edition (1995). Author's apology for book.
  • ''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."
  • ''A habit does not a monk make.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Prologue, p. 6, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Frugality is for the vulgar.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. A courtesan to Pichrocole, in Gargantua, ch. 33, p. 92, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Friends, you will notice that in this world there are many more ballocks than men. Remember this.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Aeditue, in Fifth Book, ch. 8, p. 746, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Ignorance is the mother of all evils.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Aeditue, in Fifth Book, ch. 7, p. 740, Pleiade edition (1995).

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