François Rabelais

(1494-1553 / Chinon)

François Rabelais Quotes

  • ''If you wish to be good "Pantagruelists" (which is to say, live in peace, joy, health, and always dining well), never put too much faith in people who look out through a hole.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Alcofrybas to reader, in Pantagruel, ch. 34, p. 337, Pleiade edition (1995).
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  • ''It is said, proverbially, that happy is the doctor who is called in when the disease is on its way out.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Bridoye, in Third Book, ch. 41, p. 481, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''It is my opinion that time brings all things to fruition; by time all things are made plain; time is the father of truth.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Bridoye, in Third Book, ch. 40, p. 478, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''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).
  • ''Gestures ..., in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Epistemon to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 15, p. 399, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''It is quite a common and vulgar thing among humans to understand, foresee, know and predict the troubles of others. But oh what a rare thing it is to predict, know, foresee and understand one's own troubles.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Epistemon to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 15, p. 399, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''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).
  • ''Pantagruelism is a certain gaitey of the spirit consisting in a disdain for the hazards of fortune.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Fourth Book, prologue, p. 523, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''As for me, I never study. In our abbey, we never study, for fear of the mumps.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean, in Gargantua, ch. 39, p. 109, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''I never follow the clock: hours were made for man, not man for hours.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean, in Gargantua, ch. 40, p. 111, Pleiade edition (1995).

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