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FRANCOIS RABELAIS
French monk, humorist and satirist
(1494? - 1553)
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By robbing Peter he paid Paul, he kept the moon from the wolves, and was ready to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall.
      - Works (bk. I, ch. XI) [Economy]

He always looked a given horse in the mouth.
      - Works (bk. I, ch. XI) [Gifts]

How well I feathered by nest.
      - Works (bk. II, ch. SVII) [Proverbs]

He did not care a button for it.
      - Works (bk. II, ch. XVI) [Proverbs]

Subject to a kind of disease, which at that time they called lack of money.
      - Works (bk. II, ch. XVI) [Money]

A crier of green sauce.
      - Works (bk. II, ch. XXXI) [Cookery]

Strike the iron whilst it is hot.
      - Works (bk. II, ch. XXXI) [Proverbs]

Then I began to think, that it is very true which is commonly said, that the one-half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.
      - Works (bk. II, ch. XXXII) [Knowledge]

You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. L) [Christianity]

Performed to a T.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. LI) [Proverbs]

He briskly and cheerfully asked him how man should kill time.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. LXIII) [Time]

Above the pitch, out of tune, and off the hinges.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. XIX) [Music]

We'll take the good-will for the deed.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. XLIX) [Deeds]

Do not believe what I tell you here any more than if it were some tale of a tub.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. XXXVIII) [Belief]

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.
      - Works (bk. IV, ch. XXXVIII) [Mountains]

We have here other fish to fry.
      - Works (bk. V, ch. 12) [Fish]

A baker's dozen.
      - Works (bk. V, ch. XXII)
        [Proverbial Phrases]

Make three bites of a cherry.
      - Works (bk. V, ch. XXVIII) [Proverbs]

You shall never want rope enough.
      - Works--Prologue to the Fifth Book
        [Proverbs]

Plain as a nose in a man's face.
      - Works--The Author's Prologue to the First Book
        [Noses]


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