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Fran§ois Rabelais

I'd rather write about laughing than crying, Formakes men human, and courageous. BE HAPPY!
Fran§ois Rabelais courage
Je m'en vais chercher un grand peut-
Fran§ois Rabelais
Je n'ai rien vaillant; je dois beaucoup; je donne le reste aux pauvres.
Fran§ois Rabelais
, Books I through V, as translated by Sirandin The Works of Francis Rabelais (1854)
Fran§ois Rabelais books
Readers, friends, if you turn these pages Put your prejudice aside, For, really, there's nothing here that's outrageous, Nothing sick, or bad — or contagious. Not that I sit here glowing with pride For my book: all you'll find is :That's all the glory my heart is after, Seeing how sorrow eats you, defeats you. I'd rather write about laughing than crying, For laughter makes men human, and courageous.
Fran§ois Rabelais art
BE HAPPY!
Fran§ois Rabelais happy
(Book I of the series though actually published after Pantegruel)
Fran§ois Rabelais book
Appetite comes with eating...but the thirst goes away with drinking.
Fran§ois Rabelais drinking
La vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, p
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Let us rally and close here, then set forward in order, and by this means we shall be able to receive their charge to their loss and our honour.
Fran§ois Rabelais war
Coin is the sinews of war.
Fran§ois Rabelais war
They did hold in greater estimation the lively remembrance of men purchased by liberality than the dumb inscription of arches, pillars, and pyramids, subject to the injury of storms and tempests, and to the envy of everyone.
Fran§ois Rabelais men
Time, which gnaws and diminisheth all things else, augments and increaseth benefits.
Fran§ois Rabelais men
If you think I have done you, or may hereafter do you any acceptable service, give me leave to found an abbey after my own mind and fancy.
Fran§ois Rabelais mind
Sound bodies lined With a good mind, Do here pursue with might Grace, honour, praise, delight.
Fran§ois Rabelais mind
Here enter you, pure, honest, faithful, true Expounders of the Scriptures old and new.
Fran§ois Rabelais faith
Come, settle here a charitable faith, Which neighbourly affection nourisheth.
Fran§ois Rabelais faith
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.
Fran§ois Rabelais spiritual
Come joys enjoy. The Lord celestial Hath given enough wherewith to please us all.
Fran§ois Rabelais joy
Pour ce que rire est le propre de l'homme.
Fran§ois Rabelais
It becomes you to be wise to smell, feel, and have in estimation these fair books, de haulte gresse, light in the pursuit, and bold at the encounter. Then you must, by a curious reading and frequent meditation, break the bone and suck out the substantific marrow, — that is what I mean by these Pythagorean symbols, — with assured hope of becoming well-advised and valiant by the said reading; for in it you shall find another kind of taste, and a doctrine more profound, which will disclose unto you deep doctrines and dreadful mysteries, as well in what concerneth our religion as matters of the public state and life economical.
Fran§ois Rabelais life
Revenons
Fran§ois Rabelais
I drink no more than a sponge.
Fran§ois Rabelais
Appetite comes with eating, says Angeston. But the thirst goes away with drinking.
Fran§ois Rabelais drinking
Natura abhorret vacuum.
Fran§ois Rabelais
As soon as he was born, he cried not as other babes use to do, Miez, miez, miez, miez, but with a high, sturdy, and big voice shouted about, Some drink, some drink, some drink, as inviting all the world to drink with him. The noise hereof was so extremely great, that it was heard in both the countries at once of Beauce and Bibarois. I doubt me, that you do not thoroughly believe the truth of this strange nativity. Though you believe it not, I care not much: but an honest man, and of good judgment, believeth still what is told him, and that which he finds written.
Fran§ois Rabelais truth
Thought the moon was made of green cheese.
Fran§ois Rabelais moon
He always looked a given horse in the mouth.
Fran§ois Rabelais
By robbing Peter he paid Paul, … and hoped to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.
Fran§ois Rabelais hope
He did not care a button for it.
Fran§ois Rabelais care
How well I feathered my nest.
Fran§ois Rabelais
He laid him squat as a flounder.
Fran§ois Rabelais
So much is a man worth as he esteems himself.
Fran§ois Rabelais self
Send them home as merry as crickets.
Fran§ois Rabelais home
A good crier of green sauce.
Fran§ois Rabelais good
Then I began to think that it is very true which is commonly said, that the one half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.
Fran§ois Rabelais world
Les heures sont faictez pour l'homme, & non l'homme pour les heures.
Fran§ois Rabelais
Comrades, I hear the track and beating of the enemy's horse-feet, and withal perceive that some of them come in a troop and full body against us. Let us rally and close here, then set forward in order, and by this means we shall be able to receive their charge to their loss and our honour.
Fran§ois Rabelais war
Et guerre faicte sans bonne provision d'argent, n'a qu'un souspirail de vigueur. Les nerfz des batailles sont les pecunes.
Fran§ois Rabelais vision
Corn is the sinews of war.
Fran§ois Rabelais war
Our forefathers and ancestors of all times have been of this nature and disposition, that, upon the winning of a battle, they have chosen rather, for a sign and memorial of their triumphs and victories, to erect trophies and monuments in the hearts of the vanquished by clemency than by architecture in the lands which they had conquered. For they did hold in greater estimation the lively remembrance of men purchased by liberality than the dumb inscription of arches, pillars, and pyramids, subject to the injury of storms and tempests, and to the envy of everyone.
Fran§ois Rabelais time
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. Being unwilling therefore any way to degenerate from the hereditary mildness and clemency of my parents, I do now forgive you, deliver you from all fines and imprisonments, fully release you, set you at liberty, and every way make you as frank and free as ever you were before.
Fran§ois Rabelais men
There was left only the monk to provide for, whom Gargantua would have made Abbot of Seville, but he refused it. He would have given him the Abbey of Bourgueil, or of Sanct Florent, which was better, or both, if it pleased him ; but the monk gave him a very peremptory answer, that he would never take upon him the charge nor government of monks. For how shall I be able, said he, to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself: If you think I have done you, or may hereafter do you any acceptable service, give me leave to found an abbey after my own mind and fancy.
Fran§ois Rabelais power
Here enter not vile bigots, hypocrites, Externally devoted apes, base snites, Puffed-up, wry-necked beasts, worse than the Huns, Or Ostrogoths, forerunners of baboons: Cursed snakes, dissembled varlets, seeming sancts, Slipshod caffards, beggars pretending wants, Fat chuffcats, smell-feast knockers, doltish gulls,Out-strouting cluster-fists, contentious bulls, Fomenters of divisions and debates, Elsewhere, not here, make sale of your deceits.
Fran§ois Rabelais men
Grace, honour, praise, delight, Here sojourn day and night. Sound bodies lined With a good mind, Do here pursue with might Grace, honour, praise, delight. Here enter you, and welcome from our hearts, All noble sparks, endowed with gallant parts. This is the glorious place, which bravely shall Afford wherewith to entertain you all. Were you a thousand, here you shall not want For anything; for what you'll ask we'll grant.Stay here, you lively, jovial, handsome, brisk, Gay, witty, frolic, cheerful, merry, frisk, Spruce, jocund, courteous, furtherers of trades, And, in a word, all worthy gentle blades.
Fran§ois Rabelais art
Here enter you, pure, honest, faithful, true Expounders of the Scriptures old and new. Whose glosses do not blind our reason, but Make it to see the clearer, and who shut Its passages from hatred, avarice, Pride, factions, covenants, and all sort of vice.Come, settle here a charitable faith, Which neighbourly affection nourisheth. And whose light chaseth all corrupters hence, Of the blest word, from the aforesaid sense. 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.
Fran§ois Rabelais faith
Alluring, courtly, comely, fine, complete, Wise, personable, ravishing, and sweet, Come joys enjoy. The Lord celestial Hath given enough wherewith to please us all.
Fran§ois Rabelais joy
All their life was spent not in laws, statutes, or rules, but according to their own free will and pleasure. They rose out of their beds when they thought good : they did eat, drink, labour, sleep, when they had a mind to it, and were disposed for it. None did awake them, none did offer to constrain them to eat, drink, nor to do any other thing ; for so had Gargantua established it. In all their rule, and strictest tie of their order, there was but this one clause to be observed,
Fran§ois Rabelais life
DO WHAT THOU WILT.Because 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.
Fran§ois Rabelais nature
Les horribles et espouvantables faictz & prouesses du tres renomm
Fran§ois Rabelais
Wisdom entereth not into a malicious mind, and … knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul.
Fran§ois Rabelais knowledge
Then fail not most carefully to peruse the books of the Greek, Arabian, and Latin physicians, not despising the Talmudists and Cabalists; and by frequent anatomies get thee the perfect knowledge of that other world, called the microcosm, which is man. And at some of the hours of the day apply thy mind to the study of the Holy Scriptures; first, in Greek, the New Testament, with the Epistles of the Apostles;: and then the Old Testament in Hebrew. In brief, let me see thee an abyss and bottomless pit of knowledge; for from henceforward, as thou growest great and becomest a man, thou must part from this tranquillity and rest of study, thou must learn chivalry, warfare, and the exercises of the field, the better thereby to defend my house and our friends, and to succour and protect them at all their needs against the invasion and assaults of evildoers.
Fran§ois Rabelais knowledge
But because, as the wise mansaith, Wisdom entereth not into a malicious mind, and that knowledge without conscience is but the ruin of the soul, it behoveth thee to serve, to love, to fear God, and on him to cast all thy thoughts and all thy hope, and by faith formed in charity to cleave unto him, so that thou mayst never be separated from him by thy sins. Suspect the abuses of the world. Set not thy heart upon vanity, for this life is transitory, but the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. Be serviceable to all thy neighbours, and love them as thyself. Reverence thy preceptors: shun the conversation of those whom thou desirest not to resemble, and receive not in vain the graces which God hath bestowed upon thee.
Fran§ois Rabelais love
En toutes compagnies il y a plus de folz que de sages, et la plus grande partie surmonte tousjours la meilleure.
Fran§ois Rabelais art
Subject to a kind of disease, which at that time they called lack of money.
Fran§ois Rabelais time
Loupgarou was come with all his giants, who, seeing Pantagruel in a manner alone, was carried away with temerity and presumption, for hopes that he had to kill the good man. Whereupon he said to his companions the giants, You wenchers of the low country, by Mahoom, if any of you undertake to fight against these men here, I will put you cruelly to death. It is my will, that you let me fight single. In the meantime you shall have good sport to look upon us.
Fran§ois Rabelais hope
Le Tiers-Livre des faicts et dicts h
Fran§ois Rabelais
It shall be sufficient for my purpose to have told you the truth, and the truth I will tell you.
Fran§ois Rabelais truth
This flea which I have in mine ear.
Fran§ois Rabelais
You have there hit the nail on the head.
Fran§ois Rabelais you
I have already related to you great and admirable things; but, if you might be induced to adventure upon the hazard of believing some other divinity of this sacred Pantagruelion, I very willingly would tell it you. 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.
Fran§ois Rabelais truth
If in your soil it takes, to heaven A thousand thousand thanks be given; And say with France, it goodly goes, Where the Pantagruelion grows.
Fran§ois Rabelais good
We will take the good will for the deed.
Fran§ois Rabelais good
Le Quart-Livre des faicts et dicts h
Fran§ois Rabelais art
Certaine gayet
Fran§ois Rabelais gay
A son [Timon le Misanthrope] exemple ie denonce
Fran§ois Rabelais
Above the pitch, out of tune, and off the hinges.
Fran§ois Rabelais
I'll go his halves.
Fran§ois Rabelais
The Devil was sick,—the Devil a monk would be; The Devil was well,—the devil a monk was he.
Fran§ois Rabelais evil
Do not believe what I tell you here any more than if it were some tale of a tub.
Fran§ois Rabelais believe
I would have you call to mind the strength of the ancient giants, that undertook to lay the high mountain Pelion on the top of Ossa, and set among those the shady Olympus.
Fran§ois Rabelais mind
Which was performed to a T.
Fran§ois Rabelais
He that has patience may compass anything.
Fran§ois Rabelais patience
You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.
Fran§ois Rabelais best
Would you damn your precious soul?
Fran§ois Rabelais soul
Let us fly and save our bacon.
Fran§ois Rabelais
Needs must when the Devil drives.
Fran§ois Rabelais evil
Scampering as if the Devil drove them.
Fran§ois Rabelais evil
He freshly and cheerfully asked him how a man should kill time.
Fran§ois Rabelais time
...l'estomach affam
Fran§ois Rabelais
Looking as like...as one pea does like another.
Fran§ois Rabelais
Patience, if it were our sovereign lady's will, we would be as tall as you; well, we shall when she pleases.
Fran§ois Rabelais you
In the school of , taciturnity was the symbol of abstracted and superlative knowledge…
Fran§ois Rabelais knowledge
Tabachins, a .
Fran§ois Rabelais
Whose cockloft is unfurnished.
Fran§ois Rabelais
Come, pluck up a good heart; speak the truth and shame the devil.
Fran§ois Rabelais truth
Plain as the nose in a man's face.
Fran§ois Rabelais man
Like hearts of oak.
Fran§ois Rabelais art
You shall never want rope enough.
Fran§ois Rabelais want
Nothing is so dear and precious as time.
Fran§ois Rabelais time
And thereby hangs a tale.
Fran§ois Rabelais
It is meat, drink, and cloth to us.
Fran§ois Rabelais
And so on to the end of the chapter.
Fran§ois Rabelais end
What is got over the Devil's back is spent under the belly.
Fran§ois Rabelais evil
We have here other fish to fry.
Fran§ois Rabelais
What cannot be cured must be endured.
Fran§ois Rabelais end
Thought I to myself, we shall never come off scot-free.
Fran§ois Rabelais self
It is enough to fright you out of your seven senses.
Fran§ois Rabelais you
Necessity has no law.
Fran§ois Rabelais law
Panurge had no sooner heard this, but he was upon the high-rope.
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