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FRANÇOIS RABELAIS QUOTES

French writer & scholar (1494-1553)

Francois Rabelais quote

A war undertaken without sufficient monies has but a wisp of force. Coins are the very sinews of battles.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

Nature abhors a vacuum.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

The belly has no ears nor is it to be filled with fair words.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Ignorance is the mother of all evils.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Pantagruel

The probity that scintillizes in the superfices of your persons informs my ratiocinating faculty, in a most stupendous manner, of the radiant virtues latent within the precious caskets and ventricles of your minds.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

We have here other fish to fry.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

I know many that could not when they should because they did not when they could.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

A certain jollity of mind, pickled in the scorn of fortune.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

So much is a man worth as he esteems himself.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

I'd rather write about laughing than crying,
For laughter makes men human, and courageous.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, introduction, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Plain as the nose in a man's face.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Necessity has no law.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Believe it, if you will, or otherwise, believe it not, I care not which of them you do, they are both alike to me. It shall be sufficient for my purpose to have told you the truth, and the truth I will tell you.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

I never follow the clock: hours were made for man, not man for hours.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

Let us fly and save our bacon.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

I encourage all these diabolical calumniators to go hang themselves before the last moon's quarter is done. I will supply the rope.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

What cannot be cured must be endured.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

And so on to the end of the chapter.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

Men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour. Those same men, when by base subjection and constraint they are brought under and kept down, turn aside from that noble disposition, by which they formerly were inclined to virtue, to shake off and break that bond of servitude, wherein they are so tyrannously enslaved; for it is agreeable with the nature of man to long after things forbidden, and to desire what is denied us.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

He that has patience may compass anything.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua and Pantagruel

I drink no more than a sponge.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

The holy sacred Word,
May it always afford
T' us all in common,
Both man and woman,
A spiritual shield and sword,
The holy sacred Word.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

Wisdom entereth not into a malicious mind.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Pantagruel

Time, which gnaws and diminisheth all things else, augments and increaseth benefits; because a noble action of liberality, done to a man of reason, doth grow continually by his generous thinking of it and remembering it.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua

I am going to seek the great perhaps.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, last words according to Peter Anthony Motteux, Life of Rabelais (1694)

God moderates all at His pleasure.

FRANÇOIS RABELAIS, Pantagruel

Strength avails not a coward.

FRANCOIS RABELAIS, attributed, Day's Collacon

To laugh is proper to man.

FRANCOIS RABELAIS, Gargantua


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