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Francois Rabelais
1493 - April 9, 1553
Nationality: French
Category: Clergyman
Subcategory: French Clergyman

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.


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.


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


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.


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


Science without conscience is the death of the soul.


There are more old drunkards than old physicians.


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


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


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


A bellyful is a bellyful.


Misery is the company of Lawsuits.


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.


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


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


Nature abhors a vacuum.


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


For he who can wait, everything comes in time.


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.


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