Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS


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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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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).

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • A habit does not a monk make.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Prologue, p. 6, Pleiade edition (1995).
  • How can I govern others, who can't even govern myself?
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean to Gargantua, in Gargantua, ch. 52, p. 137, Pleiade edition (1995). Proverbial locution attributed to Socrates.
  • Not anyone can be a cuckold. If you are a cuckold, ergo your wife will be beautiful, ergo you will be well treated by her; ergo you will have plenty of friends; ergo you will be saved.
    François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Frere Jean to Panurge, in Third Book, ch. 28, p. 439, Pleiade edition (1995).

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  • 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).
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