Francois Rabelais

(François Rabelais)

Francois Rabelais
Francois Rabelais
  • Born: April 9, 1553
  • Died: April 9, 1553
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Clergyman









François Rabelais 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. Because of his literary power and historical importance, Western literary critics consider him one of the great writers of world literature and among the creators of modern European writing. His literary legacy is such that today, the word Rabelaisian has been coined as a descriptive inspired by his work and life. Merriam-Webster defines the word as describing someone or something that is "marked by gross robust humor, extravagance of caricature, or bold naturalism".

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… knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Half the world does not know how the other half lives. Miscellaneous
Nature abhors a vacuum. Nature ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
So much is a man worth as he esteems himself. Human Nature
We will take the good-will for the deed.. Negotiating & Negotiations
A bellyful is a bellyful.
A habit does not a monk make.
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. Time
Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
Debts and lies are generally mixed together.
Everything comes in time to those who can wait. Time
For he who can wait, everything comes in time. Time
Friends, you will notice that in this world there are many more ballocks than men. Remember this.
From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.
Frugality is for the vulgar.
Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
How can I govern others, who can't even govern myself?
How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise?
How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself? Power
I drink no more than a sponge.
I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could.
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. Hope ;Religion & God
I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace. War & Peace
If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks. Hope
If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass.
Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
In their rules there was only one clause: Do what you will.
It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man.
It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth. Truth ;Time
Misery is the company of lawsuits. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
No clock is more regular than the belly.
One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools.
Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish.
Science without conscience is the death of the soul. Death ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Tell the truth and shame the devil. Truth
The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps.
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.
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!
There are more old drunkards than old physicians.
There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation.
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. Time
To good and true love fear is forever affixed. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.
When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.
When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself. Families, Children & Parenting