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26 Famous Quotes by Francois Rabelais
- 4/9/1553
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You are like the eels of Melun; you cry out before you are skinned. [Fr., Vous semblez les anguilles de Melun; vous criez devant qu'on vous esorche.]

Cowards Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Gargantua

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He did not care a button for it.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. II, ch. XVI)

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Hungry bellies have no cars. [Fr., La ventre affame n'point d'oreilles.]

Hunger Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel (bk. III, ch. XV)

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Debts and lies are generally mixed together

Debt Quotes, by Francois Rabelais

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

Desire Quotes, by Francois Rabelais

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Nature abhors a vacuum. [Fr., Natura abhorret vacuum.]

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Gargantua (ch. V)

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How well I feathered by nest.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. II, ch. SVII)

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Strike the iron whilst it is hot.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. II, ch. XXXI)

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Performed to a T.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. IV, ch. LI)

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Make three bites of a cherry.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. V, ch. XXVIII)

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You shall never want rope enough.

Proverbs Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works--Prologue to the Fifth Book

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You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.

Christianity Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. IV, ch. L)

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He beat the bushes without taking the birds. [Fr., [Il] battoit les buissons sans predre les ozillons.]

Failure Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Gargantua (ch. II)

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But where are the snows of last year? That was the greatest concern of Villon, the Parisian poet. [Fr., Mais ou sont les neiges d'antan? C'estoit le plus grand soucy qu'eust Villon, le poete parisien.]

Snow Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel (ch. XIV)

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Panurge had a flea in his ear. [Fr., Panurge auoyt la pulee en l' oreille.]

Fleas Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel

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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.

Mountains Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. IV, ch. XXXVIII)

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He who has not an adventure has not horse or mule, so says Solomon.--Who is too adventurous, said Echephron,--loses horse and mule. [Fr., Qui ne s'adventure n'a cheval ny mule, ce dist Salomon.-- Qui trop, dist Echephron, s'adventure--perd cheval et mule, respondit Malcon.]

Adventure Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Gargantua (bk. I, ch. 33)

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Between two stools one sits on the ground. [Fr., S'asseoir entre deux selles le cul a terre.]

Choice Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Gargantua (bk. I, ch. II)

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It is folly to put the plough in front of the oxen. [Fr., Folie est mettre la charrue devant les boeufs.]

Order Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Gargantua (ch. XI)

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Stir up the hornets. [Fr., Irriter les freslons.]

Contention Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel

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Believe me that it is a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.

Borrowing Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel (bk. III, ch. IV)

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Petite ville, grand renom. Small town, great renown.

Cities Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel (bk. V, ch. XXXV), of Chinon, Rabelais's native town

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A crier of green sauce.

Cookery Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. II, ch. XXXI)

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"Appetite comes with eating," says Angeston, "but thirst departs with drinking." [Fr., "L'appetit vient en mangeant," disoit Angeston, "mais la soif e'en va en beuvant."]

Appetite Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Works (bk. I, ch. V)

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

Will Quotes, by Francois Rabelais , Source: Pantagruel (bk. III, ch. XXVII)

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