François Rabelais

(1494-1553 / Chinon)

François Rabelais Quotes

  • ''If you understand why a monkey in a family is always mocked and harassed, you understand why monks are rejected by all—both old and young.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 40, p. 110, Pleiade edition (1995).
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  • ''Time, which wears down and diminishes all things, augments and increases good deeds, because a good turn liberally offered to a reasonable man grows continually through noble thought and memory.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 50, p. 134, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''It is, said Gargantua, as Plato said ... that republics will be happy when kings philosophize or philosophers reign.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 45, p. 124, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''[Pantagruel] considered studying medicine, but then he reflected that it was much too irritating and gloomy a profession, and that doctors smelled of enemas like the devil.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua on Pantagruel, in Pantagruel, ch. 5, p. 231, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''I urge you to spend your youth profitably in study and virtue.... In brief, let me see in you an abyss of knowledge.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua to his son Pantagruel, in Pantagruel, ch. 8, p. 245, Pleiade edition (1995). Renaissance ideal of education.
  • ''When my soul leaves this human dwelling, I will not consider myself to have completely died, but to pass from one state to another, given that, in you and by you, I remain in my visible image in this world.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gargantua to Pantagruel, in Pantagruel, ch. 8, p. 242, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''My intention is not to provoke but to appease; not to assail but to defend; not to conquer but to protect my loyal subjects and hereditary properties.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 29, p. 84, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 28, p. 83, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Because just as arms have no force outside if there is no counsel within a house, study is vain and counsel useless that is not put to virtuous effect when the time calls.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier, in Gargantua, ch. 29, p. 84, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''The deed will be accomplished with the least amount of bloodshed possible, and, if possible ..., we'll save all the souls and send them happily off to their abode.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Grandgousier to Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 29, p. 85, Pleiade edition (1995).

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