François Rabelais

(1494-1553 / Chinon)

François Rabelais Quotes

  • ''One should never pursue the hazards of fortune to their very ends and ... it behooves all adventurers to treat their good luck with reverence, neither bothering nor upsetting it.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gymnaste, in Gargantua, ch. 35, p. 99, Pleiade edition (1995).
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  • ''Such is the nature and make-up of the French that they are only good at the start. Then they are worse than devils, but, given time, they're less than women.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Gymnaste, in Gargantua, ch. 48, p. 129, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Oh how unhappy is the prince served by such men who are so easily corrupted.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Hastiveau to Picrochole, in Gargantua, ch. 47, p. 128, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Judge Bridoye, in Third Book, ch. 40, p. 478, Pleiade edition (1995). See Erasmus, Adagia, II, iv, 17 "Tempus omnia ruelat."
  • ''And then this word was heard: "Trinch."''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Fifth Book, ch. 44, p. 833, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Ha! for a divine and lordly manor, there is nothing like solid ground.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Fourth Book, ch. 18, p. 583, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''DO AS YOU WISH.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Gargantua, ch. 57, p. 149, Pleiade edition (1995). Motto for those living in the utopian, ideal "Abbey of Theleme."
  • ''A man of good sense always believes what he is told, and what he finds written down.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Gargantua, ch. 6, p. 22, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''An old monkey never makes a pretty face.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Narrator, in Third Book, prologue, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • ''Suddenly, Pantagruel felt like pissing, because of the drugs Panurge had given him, and he pissed throughout the camp so nicely and so copiously that he drowned everything and there was a new flood ten leagues around.''
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Pantagruel, ch. 28, p. 315, Pleiade edition (1995).

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