Francois Rabelais - Quotes

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Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words. ---->>>

I place no hope in my strength, nor in my works: but all my confidence is in God my protector, who never abandons those who have put all their hope and thought in him.

I place no hope in my strength, nor in my works: but all my confidence is in God my protector, who never abandons those who have put all their hope and thought in him.

We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us. ---->>>

There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation. ---->>>

It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth. ---->>>

Debts and lies are generally mixed together. ---->>>

Everything comes in time to those who can wait. ---->>>

Science without conscience is the death of the soul. ---->>>

To good and true love fear is forever affixed. ---->>>

Ignorance is the mother of all evils. ---->>>

Tell the truth and shame the devil. ---->>>

I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could. ---->>>

From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.

From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.

How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass. ---->>>

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

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

The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps. ---->>>

Friends, you will notice that in this world there are many more ballocks than men. Remember this. ---->>>

The right moment wears a full head of hair: when it has been missed, you can't get it back; it's bald in the back of the head and never turns around. ---->>>

The scent of wine, oh how much more agreeable, laughing, praying, celestial and delicious it is than that of oil! ---->>>

I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace.

I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace.

In their rules there was only one clause: Do what you will. ---->>>

A habit does not a monk make. ---->>>

It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man. ---->>>

The remedy for thirst? It is the opposite of the one for a dog bite: run always after a dog, he'll never bite you; drink always before thirst, and it will never overtake you. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

For he who can wait, everything comes in time. ---->>>

Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue. ---->>>

Nature abhors a vacuum. ---->>>

No clock is more regular than the belly. ---->>>

There are more old drunkards than old physicians. ---->>>

Frugality is for the vulgar. ---->>>

Half the world does not know how the other half lives. ---->>>

I drink no more than a sponge. ---->>>

When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink. ---->>>

Misery is the company of lawsuits.

Misery is the company of lawsuits.

Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish. ---->>>

One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools. ---->>>

How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself? ---->>>

When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself. ---->>>

A bellyful is a bellyful. ---->>>

How can I govern others, who can't even govern myself? ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: 1493
Birthplace:
Die: April 9, 1553
Occupation: Clergyman
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François Rabelais (; French: [fʁɑ̃.swa ʁa.blɛ]; between 1483 and 1494 – 9 April 1553) was a French Renaissance writer, physician, Renaissance humanist, monk and Greek scholar. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, bawdy jokes and songs. His best known work is Gargantua and Pantagruel (wikipedia)