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François Rabelais
Born Between 1483 and 1494
Kingdom of France
Died 9 April 1553
Kingdom of France
Occupation Writer, physician, humanist
Nationality French
Alma mater University of Poitiers
University of Montpellier
Literary movement Renaissance humanism
Notable works Pantagruel, Gargantua

I have known many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could.
Francois Rabelais
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.
Francois Rabelais
Science without conscience is the death of the soul.
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.
Francois Rabelais
When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself.
Francois Rabelais
Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
Francois Rabelais
If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass.
Francois Rabelais
There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation.
Francois Rabelais
For he who can wait, everything comes in time.
Debts and lies are generally mixed together.
The scent of wine, oh how much more agreeable, laughing, praying, celestial and delicious it is than that of oil!
Francois Rabelais
Misery is the company of lawsuits.
Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth.
Francois Rabelais
Friends, you will notice that in this world there are many more ballocks than men. Remember this.
Francois Rabelais

No clock is more regular than the belly.
Frugality is for the vulgar.
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.
Francois Rabelais
Half the world does not know how the other half lives.
A bellyful is a bellyful.
When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.
Remove idleness from the world and soon the arts of Cupid would perish.
The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps.
A habit does not a monk make.
Tell the truth and shame the devil.
To good and true love fear is forever affixed.
It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man.
Francois Rabelais
Nature abhors a vacuum.
How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise?
Francois Rabelais
I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace.
Francois Rabelais
Ignorance is the mother of all evils.
I drink no more than a sponge.
No clock is more regular than the belly.
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.
Francois Rabelais
Everything comes in time to those who can wait.
If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks.
From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains.
How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself?
Francois Rabelais
There are more old drunkards than old physicians.
We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us.
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.
Francois Rabelais
How can I govern others, who can't even govern myself?
In their rules there was only one clause: Do what you will.
One falls to the ground in trying to sit on two stools.