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French monk, humorist and satirist
(1494? - 1553)
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Can there be any greater dotage in the world than for one to guide and direct his courses by the sound of a bell, and not by his own judgment.
      - [Custom]

I am going to seek a great perhaps; draw the curtain, the farce is played.
  [Fr., Je m'em vais chercher un grand peut-etre; tirez le rideau, la farce est jouee.]
      - attributed to,
        by tradition from Motteux's "Life of Rabelais"

I am just going to leap into the dark.
      - [Proverbs]

If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your looking-glass.
      - [Fools]

In every work of genius we see our own rejected thought.
      - [Genius]

No clock is more regular than the belly.
      - [Hunger]

Others set carts before the horses.
      - [Proverbs]

The devil was sick, the devil a saint would be;
  The devil was well, the devil a saint was he.
      - [Devil]

Let us do what honor demands.
  [Fr., Faisons ce que l'honneur exige.]
      - Berenice (IV, 4) [Honor]

Do not limp before the lame.
  [Old Fr., Ne clochez pas devant les boyteus.]
      - Gargantua [Prudence]

Turned the pigs into the grass.
  [Fr., Tournoit les truies au foin.]
      - Gargantua,
        a phrase meaning to change the subject

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.]
      - Gargantua [Cowards]

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.]
      - Gargantua (bk. I, ch. 33) [Adventure]

Between two stools one sits on the ground.
  [Fr., S'asseoir entre deux selles le cul a terre.]
      - Gargantua (bk. I, ch. II) [Choice]

I never sleep comfortably except when I am at sermon or when I pray to God.
  [Fr., Je ne dors jamais bien a mon aise sinon quand je suis au sermon, ou quand je prie Dieu.]
      - Gargantua (bk. I, ch. XLI) [Sleep]

I do not drink more than a sponge.
  [Fr., Je ne boy en plus qu'une esponge.]
      - Gargantua (bk. I, ch. XLII)
        [Wine and Spirits]

There are more old drunkards than old physicians.
  [Fr., Il y a plus de vieux ivrongnes qu'il y a de vieux medecins.]
      - Gargantua (bk. I, ch. XLII) [Drinking]

Always open all gates and roads to your enemies, and rather make for them a bridge of silver, to get rid of them.
  [Fr., Ouvrez toujours a vos ennemis toutes les portes et chemin, et plutot leur faites un pont d'argent, afin de les renvoyer.]
      - Gargantua (bk. I, ch. XLIII) [War]

He beat the bushes without taking the birds.
  [Fr., [Il] battoit les buissons sans predre les ozillons.]
      - Gargantua (ch. II) [Failure]

Nature abhors a vacuum.
  [Fr., Natura abhorret vacuum.]
      - Gargantua (ch. V) [Nature : Proverbs]

It is folly to put the plough in front of the oxen.
  [Fr., Folie est mettre la charrue devant les boeufs.]
      - Gargantua (ch. XI) [Order]

Row on [whatever happens].
  [Lat., Vogue la galere.]
      - Gargantua (I, 3) [Progress]

God moderates all at His pleasure.
  [Lat., Dieu modere tout a son plaisir.]
      - Pantagruel [Providence]

Of a young hermit, an old devil.
  [Fr., De jeune hermite, vieil diable.]
      - Pantagruel [Youth]

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

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