|Born||Between 1483 and 1494
Kingdom of France
|Died||9 April 1553
Kingdom of France
|Occupation||Writer, physician, humanist|
|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.
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.
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.
When undertaking marriage, everyone must be the judge of his own thoughts, and take counsel from himself.
Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking glass.
There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation.
The scent of wine, oh how much more agreeable, laughing, praying, celestial and delicious it is than that of oil!
It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth.
Friends, you will notice that in this world there are many more ballocks than men. Remember this.
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.
It is better to write of laughter than of tears, for laughter is the property of man.
How do you know antiquity was foolish? How do you know the present is wise? Who made it foolish? Who made it wise?
I won't undertake war until I have tried all the arts and means of peace.
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 shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power and command of myself?
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.