Quotations From FRANÇOIS RABELAIS


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  • 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).
  • 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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  • 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).

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  • 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).
  • 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).

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  • 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).
  • 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).
  • 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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