Francois Rabelais Quotes

… knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul

 
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Francois Rabelais1493–1553, French Humanist & Writer, Pantagruel, 1532

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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".